Opening: You're all I need to get by (repeat 5 times) As long as I got you baby you know that you got me ohh! You're all I need to get by-y-y Cause we got a love wi' some are-ah-E-S-P-E-C-T ohh!
Like sweet morning dew I took one look at you And it was plain to see, you where my destiny With my arms open wide, I threw away my pride I sacrificed for you, dedicated my life to you Like I would go where you lead I'll be right there in time of need And when I lose my will you'll be there to push me up that hill
There's no looking back for us We've got each other's love and that's enough Cause you're all I need to get by (chorus sung in Aretha's typical "run" fashion)
Like an eagle protects his nest, for you I'll do my best Stand by you like a tree and dare anybody who tries to move me Darlin' in you I've found strength where I was torn down I don't know what's in store but together we can open any door
Just do what's good for you I'll inspire you a little bit higher I know you can make a wo-man out of soul that didn't have a goal Cause we've got the right foundation and with the love And determination (yes we do) You're all I need to get by
(again, with the chorus Aretha does not "sing it straight;" She ad-libs and improvises into the denoument)