Getting By

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"Getting By"
Getting By cover
Single by The Rentals
Album Seven More Minutes
Released 1999
Format CD
Recorded Matrix Studios (London), Drive By Studios (Los Angeles)
Length 2:52
Label Warner
Writer(s) Matt Sharp
Producer(s) Matt Sharp
Status Officially released
The Rentals singles chronology
"Getting By"
Seven More Minutes track listing
"Getting By"
"Hello Hello"

"Getting By" is the first track and first single from the Rentals' 1999 album, Seven More Minutes.



As with all tracks on Seven More Minutes, "Getting By" was written by Matt Sharp while spending time in Barcelona, Spain.[1] "Getting By" was released as promotional-only CD[2] and cassette[3] singles. The cassette release features a version of "Hello, Hello" with additional Petra Haden vocals. An alternate mix done by Chris Shaw was included on the demo and outtake compilation Little Russell Street.


Track listing

Gettingby cassette.jpg

Songs from the New Album Seven More Minutes

  • Origin: United States
  • Tracklist:
    • A1 "Getting By"
    • A2 "Hello, Hello"
    • B1 "Getting By"
    • B2 "Hello, Hello"
  • Notes:
    • Promotional cassette
    • "Hello, Hello" accidentally features extra Petra Haden vocals over the instrumental section
  • Origin: United States
  • Label: Maverick, Reprise Records
  • Catalog no: PRO-CD-9375
  • Tracklist:
  1. "Getting By (Radio Version)"
  • Notes:
    • CD promo

Music video

The music video for "Getting By" was directed by Jason Ruscio, who had previously edited the video for "Friends of P."[4] The video was shot in Barcelona, Spain on March 18, 1999.[5]


Handwritten lyrics by Sharp

Kawaba, Kawaba, Kawaba, hey!

I know a girl, lives off the coast of Spain
Twenty-one in the prime of her life
Friends are the most important things she's got
And she don't need much to get by

It's been a long long time since I felt that way
Maybe all the way back to high school
But, lately, I've felt like an old fat man
With her I lie and say I'm a young fool

And we don't really care about much, no
We don't need to lie
We got nothing in common that I can see
We drink on, we drink on, we drink on
And get by

Well, she don't care too much for vegetables
And she hates rude American men
Questions if I'm balding and I deny
And she laughs and she laughs with her friends, oh

But I don't really care too much, no
I don't need to lie
We got nothing in common that I can see
We drink on, we drink on, we drink on

And get by, getting by
We'll get by, getting by

Yeah, yeah, yeah,

She don't really care about me, no
There's no reason to lie
We got nothing in common and we both agree
To drink on, and drink on, and drink on

And, yeah, we don't really care about much
We don't really care too much
We don't really care about much
We drink on, we drink on, we drink on
And get by

We're getting by

See also

  1. Seven More Minutes, liner notes
  2. "Getting By" Discogs
  3. @therentals "#tbt when the record company gave out these free promotional “getting by” ca-singles, they accidentally included the incorrect version of the b-side “hello, hello” with extra petra haden vocals over the instrumental section of the song." Twitter. 28 March 2019.
  4. Archived by Wayback Machine, 5 January 2007. from the original:
  5. "Rentals To Shoot Next Video". March 16, 1999. SonicNet. Archived on the Internet Archive.