About the song

Ah, Roy Orbison’s You Got It (1988). A poignant and powerful ballad that transcends its time, much like the legendary “The Big O” himself. Released posthumously on Orbison’s album Mystery Girl, the song resonates with a depth of emotion that feels both familiar and surprisingly fresh.

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Orbison, known for his dramatic baritone and operatic vocals, had experienced a career resurgence in the late 1980s. Joining forces with his fellow rockstars in the supergroup The Traveling Wilburys – Tom Petty, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, and Bob Dylan – Orbison found himself not only creatively inspired but commercially relevant once again.

You Got It is a testament to this newfound energy. While undeniably an Orbison song, with its soaring vocals and melancholic undercurrent, there’s a subtle shift. The influence of his Wilburys collaborators, particularly Lynne’s signature production style, adds a touch of contemporary pop sensibility. The result is a song that bridges the gap between Orbison’s classic sound and the musical landscape of the late 80s.

The lyrics themselves are a beautifully simple declaration of devotion. Lines like “Every time I look into your loving eyes, I see a love that money just can’t buy” capture the essence of Orbison’s persona: a man consumed by a passionate, almost desperate love. Yet, there’s a tenderness present too, evident in the repeated refrain of “Anything you want, you got it. Anything you need, you got it. Anything at all, you got it, baby!”

It’s important to remember the context of the song’s release. Orbison had tragically passed away from a heart attack just weeks before Mystery Girl hit the shelves. You Got It, then, takes on an added layer of poignancy. It becomes a final love letter, a heartfelt expression from a man who had rediscovered both artistic fire and personal happiness, only to have it cut short.

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Despite the circumstances surrounding its release, You Got It isn’t a somber song. It’s a celebration of love, a testament to the enduring power of human connection. Orbison’s voice, though tinged with his trademark vulnerability, is ultimately filled with a quiet strength and unwavering commitment. It’s a fitting coda to a remarkable career, a song that reminds us why Roy Orbison remains an icon, a singer whose voice continues to resonate across generations.

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Lyrics

“You Got It”

Every time I look into your lovely eyes,
I see a love that money just can’t buy.
One look from you, I drift away.
I pray that you are here to stay.

Anything you want, you got it.
Anything you need, you got it.
Anything at all, you got it.
Baby!

Every time I hold you I begin to understand,
Everything about you tells me I’m your man.
I live my life to be with you.
No one can do the things you do.
Anything you want, you got it.
Anything you need, you got it.
Anything at all, you got it.
Baby!
Anything you want
Anything you need
Anything at all

I’m glad to give my love to you.
I know you feel the way I do.
Anything you want, you got it.
Anything you need, you got it.
Anything at all, you got it.
Baby!
Anything you want, you got it
Anything you need, you got it
Anything at all, you got it
Baby
Anything at all
Baby
You got it