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Something's Gotta Give (Johnny Mercer song)

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"Something's Gotta Give" is a popular song with words and music by Johnny Mercer in 1954.[1] It was published in 1955. It was written for and first performed by Fred Astaire in the 1955 musical film Daddy Long Legs, and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1955 as Best Original Song, losing to "Love is a Many Splendored Thing".

The song playfully uses the irresistible force paradox – which asks what happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object – as a metaphor for a relationship between a vivacious woman and an older, world-weary man. The man, it is implied, will give in to temptation and kiss the woman. The song's lyrics echo the plot of Daddy Long Legs, in which a reserved man in his 50s (Astaire) falls in love with a woman in her early 20s (Leslie Caron).

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Popular cover versions

The biggest-selling version was recorded by The McGuire Sisters, reaching #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1955 (see 1955 in music).[2] Sammy Davis Jr. had a popular competing version out the same year which also made the Top 10 on the Billboard pop chart, peaking at #9.[2] The following year Mel Tormé released a version on his Sings Fred Astaire album.

Bing Crosby recorded the song in 1955[3] for use on his radio show and it was subsequently included in the box set The Bing Crosby CBS Radio Recordings (1954-56) issued by Mosaic Records (catalog MD7-245) in 2009.[4]

Frank Sinatra recorded the song in 1959 on his album  Come Dance with Me! and it was featured in the incomplete 37-minute 1962 film Something's Got to Give, which was Marilyn Monroe's last work, the film being abandoned after  her death.

In 1964, Ella Fitzgerald included this song on her Verve album Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Johnny Mercer Songbook, with arrangements by Nelson Riddle.

In the game Fallout: New Vegas, Dean Domino from the Dead Money add-on sings this song, although it is a reused version of Bing Crosby's cover which can be heard in Radio New Vegas.

In popular culture

Joanne Woodward sings "Something's Gotta Give" during a balloon striptease in the film, The Stripper (film) (minute 1:22:20)[5].


  1. ^ Furia, Philip (1992). Poets of Tin Pan Alley (ABBA ed.). New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 278. ISBN 0-19-507473-4.
  2. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications).
  3. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". BING magazine. International Club Crosby. Retrieved December 9, 2017.
  4. ^ "". Retrieved December 9, 2017.
  5. ^ ""The Stripper" (1963) Joanne Woodward & Richard Beymer". Retrieved 2019-02-08.

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