WHAT IS IT (IF YOU NEVER EVER TRIED IT YOURSELF) (Robert J. Purvis & William Elliott)

We can do it, it's easy

We can do it, it's nice

We can do it any time of the day

We might do it twice

Some people say that it's wrong

But I know for certain it's right

So how can you tell me if you never ever tried it yourself?


You can have it for breakfast

You can have it for tea

You can have it with the fella next door

You can have it with me

The choice is completely your own

It ain't gonna damage your health

So how can you tell me if you never ever tried it yourself?


Hey, you've got a mind of your own

Don't come around to me for advice

Take a hold of it

Hey, use your loaf a bit


You could say it's a problem

You can state it's a fact

You can pass it on anywhere

Or you can keep it intact

So don't come complaining to me

Or I'll put you back on the shelf

So how can you tell me if you never ever tried it yourself?


Hey, you've got a mind of your own

Don't come around to me for advice

Take a hold of it

Hey, use your loaf a bit


[horn solo]


So don't come complaining to me

Or I'll put you back on the shelf

So how can you tell me if you never ever tried it yourself?


So how can you tell me if you never ever tried it?

How can you tell me if you never ever tried it?

How can you tell me if you never ever tried it yourself?


©1975 Ganga Publishing B.V.

lyrics from Harder To Live LP lyric sheet insert
corrections by Tom Brennan


WHAT IS IT (IF YOU NEVER EVER TRIED IT YOURSELF) (Robert J. Purvis & William Elliott)
[Live on WCMF-FM in Rochester, November 5, 1975]

We can do it, it's easy

We can do it, it's nice

We can do it any time of the day

We might do it twice

Some people say that it's wrong

But I know for certain it's right

So how can you tell me if you never ever tried it yourself?


You can have it for breakfast

And you can have it for tea

And you can have it with the fella next door

And you can have it with me

The choice is completely your own

It ain't gonna damage your health

So how can you tell me if you never ever tried it yourself?


Hey, you've got a mind of your own

Don't come around to me for advice

Take a hold of it

Hey, use your loaf a bit


You could say it's a problem

And you can state it's a fact

And you can pass it on anywhere

Or you can keep it intact

But don't say it doesn't feel good

Or I'll put you back on the shelf

So how can you tell me if you never ever tried it yourself?


Hey, you've got a mind of your own

Don't come around to me for advice

Take a hold of it

Hey, use your loaf a bit


You could say it's a problem

And you can state it's a fact

And you can pass it on anywhere

Or you can keep it intact

But don't say it doesn't feel good

Or I'll put you back on the shelf

So how can you tell me if you never ever tried it yourself?


So how can you tell me if you never ever tried it?

So how can you tell me if you never ever tried it?

So how can you tell me if you never ever tried it yourself?


©1975 Ganga Publishing B.V.


WHAT IS IT (IF YOU NEVER EVER TRIED IT YOURSELF) (Robert J. Purvis & William Elliott)
[WXFM-FM in Chicago, November 11, 1975]

We can do it, it's easy

We can do it, it's nice

We can do it any time of the day

We might do it twice

Some people say that it's wrong

But I know for certain it's right

So how can you tell me if you never ever tried it yourself?


You can have it for breakfast

You can have it for tea

You can have it with the fella next door

And you can have it with me

The choice is completely your own

It ain't gonna damage your health

So how can you tell me if you never ever tried it yourself?


Hey, you've got a mind of your own

Don't come around to me for advice

Take a hold of it

Hey, use your loaf a bit


You could say it's a problem

Or you can state it's a fact

And you can pass it on anywhere

Or you can keep it intact

But don't say it doesn't feel good

Or I'll put you back on the shelf

So how can you tell me if you never ever tried it yourself?


Hey, you've got a mind of your own

Don't come around to me for advice

Take a hold of it

Hey, use your loaf a bit


You could say it's a problem

Or you can state it's a fact

And you can pass it on anywhere

Or you can keep it intact

But don't say it doesn't feel good

Or I'll put you back on the shelf

So how can you tell me if you never ever tried it yourself?


So how can you tell me if you never ever tried it?

How can you tell me if you never ever tried it?

How can you tell me if you never ever tried it yourself?


©1975 Ganga Publishing B.V.

lyrics from Harder To Live LP lyric sheet insert
modified by Tom Brennan