The song started out as a mistake but one that Charles Wright liked. The record company didn’t want him to record it. “No one wanted to record it. I had to sneak a bass player, drummer, and engineer into the studio one Sunday and cut it in secret,” Wright recalls. “The president of Warner Bros. told me I made a mistake. So did every DJ that I played it for. But I had a feeling that it was a hit.”
Charles was right…it peaked at #12 in the Billboard 100 in 1970. It has become one of the most licensed songs of the last 40 years.
You don’t ever need help from nobody else. All you got to do now:
What ever you do, do it good.
What ever you do, do it good. All right…
It’s not what you look like, when you’re doinÂ´ what you’re doinÂ´.
It’s what you’re doinÂ´ when you’re doinÂ´ what you look like you’re doinÂ´!
They’re doinÂ´it on the moon, yeah…
In the jungle too.
Everybody on the floor, now.
JumpinÂ´ like a kangaroo.
So let the horns do the thing they do, yo…
Some people have everything, and other people don’t.
But everything don’t mean a thing if it ainÂ´t the thing you want.
O, do it! O, do it.
Do it to it. Go on and do it.
Yo, do it. Give.