Do What You Gotta Do

"Do What You Gotta Do" is a song written by guitarist Pat Flynn and recorded by New Grass Revival for their 1989 Capitol album Friday Night in America. The song was also recorded by American country music artist Garth Brooks. It was released in January 2000 as fifth and final single from the 1997 album, Sevens. The song reached number 13 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts and peaked at number 18 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart.[1]

"Do What You Gotta Do"
Brazilian release
Single by Garth Brooks
from the album Sevens
ReleasedJanuary 3, 2000
FormatCD single, 7"
Songwriter(s)Pat Flynn
Producer(s)Allen Reynolds
Garth Brooks singles chronology
"That's the Way I Remember It"
"Do What You Gotta Do"
"When You Come Back to Me Again"


The song was issued over two years after the album's release by Capitol Records. This was due to a parcel of tepid reviews and soft sales for Garth Brooks side project, Chris Gaines.[2]

Critical receptionEdit

Deborah Evans Price, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably, calling it a "high-energy, uptempo, and buoyed by tasty fiddle and crisp, clean production." She goes on to say that the "positive message and infectious melody should make it a quick radio favorite." On Brooks' performance she says that it is "personality-packed" and "full of conviction and passion."[3]

Chart performanceEdit

"Do What You Gotta Do" debuted at number 61 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the chart week of January 15, 2000.

Chart (2000) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[4] 18
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 69
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 13


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
  2. ^ Billboard, January 15, 2000 p. 34
  3. ^ Billboard, January 22, 2000 p. 32
  4. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 8301." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. March 13, 2000. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
  5. ^ "Garth Brooks Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  6. ^ "Garth Brooks Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.

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