If You Gotta Go, Go Now

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“If You Gotta Go, Go Now”  (sometimes subtitled “(Or Else You Got to Stay All Night)) is a song written by Bob Dylan in 1964.  The first released version was as a single in the US by the UK group The Liverpool Five in July 1965, but this went uncharted in the US despite receiving much airplay, particularly in the Pacific Northwest.  Another English band, Manfred Mann, then issued the song as a single in September 1965; this version reached number 2 on the UK charts.  (More from Wikipedia)
A few of the songs on Great White Wonder I knew already; alternate takes of “Man of Constant Sorrow” and “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean” (which both appear on Bob Dylan’s first album, Bob Dylan) are included, and “Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)” I knew as a single, “Mighty Quinn by Manfred Mann, released in early 1968.  Another song on the album, “If You Gotta Go, Go Now” was also a single for Manfred Mann (“If You Gotta Go, Go Now”) and was a hit in England, though I am not sure I had heard it before.  But that’s it. 
(September 2017)
Last edited: March 22, 2021