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A MAN'S GOTTA BE (WHAT HE'S BORN TO BE) From the film: "Tom Sawyer" aka "A Musical Adaptation of Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer" - 1973 (Robert B. Sherman / Richard M. Sherman) Muff Potter (Warren Oates), Tom Sawyer (Johnny Whitaker), Huckleberry Finn (Jeff East) Muff: Take a look at the folks you've knowed Young or growed Some keep trivin' And some keep strivin' in vain It's a matter of destiny Who you'll be The judge or the preacher Or pitiful creature They's hangin' from a tree Whoa, a man's gotta be What he's born to be So just sit back and wait Be it soon or late, He'll be small or great Yeah, a man's gotta be What he's born to be Just sit back and wait Soon or late, Small or great There ain't no fightin' fate Doesn't matter what you may try By and by Some get lucky, And some get stuck in the mud That's the way the ol' world behaves Why make waves? Sooner or later, Just as a potater We're planted in our graves Whoa, a man's gotta be What he's born to be So just sit back and wait Be it soon or late, He'll be small or great Yeah, a man's gotta be What he's born to be So just sit back and wait Soon or late, Small or great There ain't no fightin' fate Where's the future In plans and schemes When it seems That ol' grim reaper Will soon, be a-leapin' on you? When it's over, You'll know you're bound To be found Wearin' your Sunday clothes, Sleepin' in sweet repose Six feet under ground Muff and Tom: Whoa, a man's gotta be What he's born to be So just sit back and wait Be it soon or late, He'll be small or great Yeah, a man's gotta be What he's born to be Just sit back and wait Soon or late, Small or great There ain't no fightin' fate No, Sir, there ain't no fightin' fate Muff, Tom and Huck: Whoa, a man's gotta be What he's born to be So just sit back and wait Be it soon or late, He'll be small or great Yeah, a man's gotta be What he's born to be Just sit back and wait Soon or late, Small or great There ain't no fightin' fate No, Sir, there ain't no fightin' fate! (Transcribed by Carlene Bogle - April 2004)

    


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