The Animals - We`ve Gotta Get out of this Place - 1965

The Animals - "We've Gotta Get Out of This Place" (1965)

The Animals were a significant part of the British Invasion of the 1960s, bringing their distinct blend of rock and R&B to the forefront of popular music. "We've Gotta Get Out of This Place," released in 1965, stands as one of their most enduring hits. Let's dive into the fascinating aspects of this song and its impact.

Background and Release

The song "We've Gotta Get Out of This Place" was recorded by The Animals in 1965. It quickly became an anthem for many, particularly resonating with the youth and soldiers in the Vietnam War. This track is notable for its powerful vocals by Eric Burdon and its compelling narrative of yearning for a better life.

  1. The Animals: An introduction to the band.
  2. Eric Burdon: Explore the lead singer's influence on the song.
  3. British Invasion: Understanding the music movement The Animals were part of.
  4. 1960s Music: Contextualizing the song within the decade.

Musical Composition and Lyrics

"We've Gotta Get Out of This Place" is characterized by its strong bassline, gritty vocals, and the sense of urgency in its lyrics. The song's structure and the use of instruments played a significant role in conveying its message.

  1. Rock Music: Explore the genre's characteristics.
  2. Song Structure: Understanding the composition of the song.
  3. Lyrics Analysis: Analyzing the meaning behind the song's words.

Cultural Impact

The song gained symbolic significance, particularly among American troops during the Vietnam War, as it encapsulated feelings of desperation and the desire to return home. It also became an anthem for youth, symbolizing a desire for change and escape from the societal constraints of the time.

  1. Vietnam War: Understanding the song's impact on soldiers.
  2. 1960s Youth Culture: Exploring the broader cultural context.
  3. Music as Social Commentary: The role of music in reflecting and influencing society.

Interactive Tasks

Quiz: Questions on the song

What year was "We've Gotta Get Out of This Place" released? (1965) (!1963) (!1967) (!1970)

Which band recorded "We've Gotta Get Out of This Place"? (The Animals) (!The Beatles) (!The Rolling Stones) (!The Kinks)

What theme is most prominent in "We've Gotta Get Out of This Place"? (Desire for a better life) (!Romantic love) (!Political protest) (!Celebration of youth)

Who was the lead vocalist of The Animals who sang "We've Gotta Get Out of This Place"? (Eric Burdon) (!Mick Jagger) (!John Lennon) (!Roger Daltrey)

In which war did "We've Gotta Get Out of This Place" become an anthem for American troops? (Vietnam War) (!World War II) (!Korean War) (!Gulf War)

Quiz: Questions on the Performer

Which British city are The Animals originally from? (Newcastle upon Tyne) (!Liverpool) (!London) (!Manchester)

Before becoming famous as The Animals, what was the original name of the band? (The Alan Price Combo) (!The Quarrymen) (!The High Numbers) (!The Detours)

Which famous music movement of the 1960s did The Animals participate in? (British Invasion) (!Psychedelic Rock) (!Mod Movement) (!Blues Revival)

Which of the following is another hit song by The Animals? ("The House of the Rising Sun") (!"Hey Jude") (!"Satisfaction") (!"Good Vibrations")

Who was the primary songwriter for The Animals? (Eric Burdon) (!Alan Price) (!Chas Chandler) (!John Steel)

Quiz: Questions on the lyrics

What is the primary sentiment expressed in the lyrics of "We've Gotta Get Out of This Place"? (Desperation and hope) (!Joy and contentment) (!Anger and rebellion) (!Nostalgia and sadness)

Which line from "We've Gotta Get Out of This Place" suggests a longing for a better life? ("We gotta get out of this place") (!"I love you more than life") (!"Let's dance the night away") (!"Memories of yesterday")

The song's lyrics often mention which family member? (Father) (!Mother) (!Brother) (!Sister)

How do the lyrics of "We've Gotta Get Out of This Place" reflect the mood of the 1960s? (Yearning for change) (!Celebration of peace) (!Emphasis on material wealth) (!Focus on traditional values)

The line "See my daddy in bed a-dyin'" in the song reflects a theme of: (Hardship and struggle) (!Family bonding) (!Romantic love) (!Adventure and travel)


The Animals British rock band from the 1960s
Eric Burdon Lead vocalist of The Animals
"We've Gotta Get Out of This Place" Song released in 1965
Vietnam War Conflict where the song was an anthem for troops
British Invasion Music movement The Animals were part of

Open Tasks


  1. Create a Playlist: Compile a playlist of 1960s rock songs that share themes with "We've Gotta Get Out of This Place."
  2. Draw a Band Poster: Design a poster for The Animals, incorporating elements from the 1960s.
  3. Write a Short Story: Write a story inspired by the lyrics of "We've Gotta Get Out of This Place."


  1. Research 1960s Music: Investigate other songs from the 1960s that became anthems for social change.
  2. Analyze Song Lyrics: Analyze the lyrics of another Animals song and compare its themes to "We've Gotta Get Out of This Place."
  3. Create a Presentation: Prepare a presentation on the impact of the British Invasion on American music.


  1. Interview Project: Conduct interviews with people who lived through the 1960s to understand the cultural impact of songs like "We've Gotta Get Out of This Place."
  2. Musical Analysis: Analyze the musical composition of "We've Gotta Get Out of This Place" and its contribution to the song's message.
  3. Historical Context Report: Write a report on the socio-political context of the 1960s and how it influenced the music of The Animals.

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Oral Exam

  1. Discuss the Role of Music: Discuss how music like "We've Gotta Get Out of This Place" can influence social and political thought.
  2. Compare and Contrast: Compare the musical styles of The Animals with another band from the British Invasion.
  3. Impact of Lyrics: Discuss how the lyrics of a song can reflect and influence the mood of a generation.
  4. Cultural Significance: Explore the reasons behind the enduring popularity of "We've Gotta Get Out of This Place."
  5. Music as Historical Document: Analyze how a song can serve as a historical document, reflecting the era in which it was created.

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