Song – What You Gonna Do

WRITER

  • Bob Gibson
  • Shel Silverstein
  • Fred Neil

PUBLISHER(S)

  • Robert Josiah Music (2019)

Song Licensing information

RECORDINGS BY BOB GIBSON-

Phono License information

RECORDINGS BY OTHER ARTISTS

Song Notes

This song was recorded by Brenda Lee but never released. It sure would be nice to hear that version! This is the only song written by Gibson, Silverstein and Fred Neil.

LYRIC

What You Gonna Do

What you gonna do when your baby leaves you
What you gonna do when she ain’t around
What you gonna do when the nights get longer
What you gonna do when you’re feelin’ kinda blue
And ev’rybody knows she put you down

What you gonna do when the door stops knockin’
What you gonna do when the phone don’t ring
What you gonna do when the world starts rockin’
And how you gonna fake it when she won’t be there to make it
And you gotta find somebody else to swing

What you gonna do when the days start draggin’
What you gonna do when you’re way up tight
What you gonna do when the blues start naggin’
And you lie awake dreamin’ while your heart is screamin’
And you wonder how you’ll make it through the night

What you gonna do when your baby won’t kiss you
What you gonna do when she puts you down
Are you really sure that your baby’s gonna miss you
Has she got another that she’s keepin’ undercover
Just waitin’ for the day you’re not around

What you gonna do when you won’t be scorin’
What you gonna do when it comes to that
What you gonna do when life gets borin’
When it gets to be a habit tell me how you gonna grab it
When you never know exactly where it’s at

What you gonna do when the rain starts fallin’
What you gonna do when you gotta pay the rent
What you gonna do when you gotta keep stallin’
With troubles in your head ‘cause you ain’t got the bread
You’re sittin’ just a-wond’rin’ where it went

You never miss the honey till the bee is gone
Or the water till the well runs dry
You never miss your lover until she’s gone
And you sit alone and cry

What you gonna do when your baby won’t kiss you
What you gonna do when she puts you down
Are you really sure that your baby’s gonna miss you
Has she got another that she’s keepin’ undercover
Just waitin’ for the day you’re not around
Just waitin’ for the day you’re not around
Just waitin’ for the day you’re not around

Words & music by Bob Gibson, Shel Silverstein and Fred Neil
© Robert Josiah Music (2019)