Streisand, Barbra - Being Good Isn't Good Enough Lyrics




Being good isn't good enough
Being good won't be good enough
When I fly, I must fly extra high
And I'll need special wings so far to go
From so far below

Should I try?
Am I strong enough?
Is there time, have I long enough?
Gotta fly and if I fall
That's the way it's gotta be
There's no other way for me
Being good just won't be good enough
I'll be the best or nothing at all

I'll try, am I strong enough?
Is there time, have I long enough?
Gotta fly and if I fall
That's the way it's gotta be
There's no other way for me
Being good just won't be good enough
I'll be the best or nothing at all





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  1. claudia

    i ve read the coments , Barbra is world famous,,, lea who is she?? to others countries,,,, so ,, dont need more to say

  2. stella k

    this cannot be common time right? I can't count it. someone explainnnnnn

  3. TR Goohileshea

    There is a dissonant half-step where she sings "good E-nough," it repeats immediately after with "I'll BE the best..." Barbra nails it, but Lea cheats it out and rounds it to a whole step. No judgment as either version sounds amazing, but Barbra went all in and Lea sold out to easy.

  4. TR Goohileshea

    She hits the dissonant note that Lea doesn't in Glee. The first example of it is at 2:08. Lea rounds it out and takes the easy way. It's not an easy not to hit in the melodic arrangement, but Barbra hits it without blinking, like she does everything. Perfection. There isn't a sharp or flat note in this entire arrangement. It's all spot on.

  5. Cindy Jones

    She is the best

  6. AnotherView

    Being good isn't good enough
    Being good won't be good enough
    When I fly, I must fly extra high
    And I'll need special wings so far to go
    From so far below

    Should I try?
    Am I strong enough?
    Is there time, have I long enough?
    Gotta fly and if I fall
    That's the way it's gotta be
    There's no other way for me
    Being good just won't be good enough
    I'll be the best or nothing at all

    I'll try, am I strong enough?
    Is there time, have I long enough?
    Gotta fly and if I fall
    That's the way it's gotta be
    There's no other way for me
    Being good just won't be good enough
    I'll be the best or nothing at all

  7. Steve Soares

    There is no need to bash anyone and sure you can prefer whoever you like but let's not be naive. Lea Michelle has a good voice and can sing well but Barbra is light years ahead of almost any singer. Barbra has recorded hundreds upon hundreds of songs and to realize her immense talent, you have to listen to them all! Just listen very carefully to Barbra's vibrato and timbre when she uses her chest voice more aggressively like at 2:42 and of course the final note

  8. Michael Mcgarry

    I adore this song...Barbra Streisand's version is the best...
    Being This Good is good enough..
    Incredible!

  9. Frank Darmstadt

    The song is from the 1967 Broadway musical "Hallelujah, Baby!" that starred Leslie Uggams, who introduced the song. BTW, the role was written for Lena Horne, who backed out.

  10. MJBxBrookLynn

    was Barbra sick during this recording? her voice sounded a little strained during this performance when she went to hit the "I'll be the best notes". Regardless, she sounds beautiful. The words to this song are very meaningful and still relevant today

  11. Alba Jurado

    There's nothing like the original song. I really love Lea Michele, but Barbra Streisand was and is an icon please

  12. Sammi Graham

    But the Glee version of this <3<3 <3 OMG

    Michael Cárrasco

    ...just-don't.

  13. LaAerial

    Once again everyone is commenting on two people who aren't even the original singers of this song. Leslie Uggams sang this in Hallelujah Baby in 1968 (the original) thank you and goodnight.

    Chris N

    So what?Just because she originated it doesn't mean others can't record it or even top it."People" has been recorded hundreds of times even though Streisand originated it.

  14. Red Road Express LLC

    Damn this woman's voice is pure magic

  15. Agustin Aquino

    can you believe barbra Streisand invented music

  16. I am TheLegend27

    magical af

  17. Ruth Stephany Santoso

    2017? me!

  18. Yes, It's Steph

    Both women are extremely talented, I absolutely love both renditions. Yet I believe that more people tend to prefer/say lea's is better and this is possibly because lea seems to use more power. I personally adore both versions, not one more than the other! 😌

    Gena Stephenson

    Yes, It's Steph Barbra has a much stronger and more powerful version, it just doesn't seem like it because of how effortlessly she massages the lyrics.

  19. lucas lima

    she is a diva, nobody can Deny, but yes, i line the covers too

  20. lucas lima

    she is a diva, nobody can Deny, but yes, i line the covers too

  21. R Ye

    Love this! And love Lea's version as well :) They are both incredible!

  22. Vittler X

    legendary

  23. Otro usuario de YT

    2016? nobody?

    Ravenna Rosa

    me! 🙋

  24. Sam Dix

    Perfect

  25. sleep is for the weak

    I'm gonna be honest. I'm here because of been binge watching Glee on Netflix. Beautiful song. Love Barbra Streisand and Lea Michele 💚

  26. Nando Uchôa

    Lea Michele will NEVER be Barbra Streisand. She has nice voice, but not the originality of Streisand. She copies Streisand style singing, and what gives the artist his majority, is his originality.
    Streisand wrote the musical popular history since the 60's.
    Let's not confuse things.

  27. Kai Atkinson

    Barbra Streisand IS Barbra Streisand. Lea Michele IS Lea Michele.
    Being Good Isn't Good Enough is a beautiful Song.
    Leave Barbra and Lea Michele be. They're both talented and have put their own stamp on the song.
    Plain and simple!

    Claude Renaud

    +Kai Atkinson Exactly! Bravo! Great comment!

    Mark Montana

    actually, they don't both have their own stamp on a song. When Lea Michele does that watered down imitation of Barbra, it is nothing short of artistic theft. Barbra Streisand took a song and reworked it to her own voice and style to express HER artistic vision and Lea Michele stole all of that and simply put her voice where Barbra's was. If Lea Michele had any artistic integrity, she never, EVER would have agreed to recording this poor imitation. Making it even worse, is Lea Michele has a thin, shreaky voice and she always over-sings and loses the emotional plot. I'm actually embarrassed for her.

    I am TheLegend27

    +Mark Montana can you do it better than Lea? 😒 and I know you won't be able to top Barbra

    Swift Loves Carey

    @Renée Gros The show called " Glee "

  28. Oriana F

    Do you realize if Lea heard you say she's better than Barbra she'd be really offended? I adore her, she's incredibly talented but BARBRA STREISAND IS THE BEST SINGER ALIVE, hands down, so stop it

  29. Nik Kyncaid

    All the comments on here that are being derogatory to Lea Michelle are disgusting. You all are saying Barbra Streisand is amazing and inspirational and she certainly is. Whilst you are commenting on how this particular song inspired you to your own version of this song, you are forgetting that this song also inspired many artists today, including Lea Michelle. Celebrities had to start somewhere and be inspired by someone too. Get down off your high horse and close your mouth, because no-one wants it open.

    Andres Jimenez

    The only artists that comes close to Barbra Streisand is Adele. 

    Na dir

    @Andres Jimenez did you really

    Claude Renaud

    +Andres Jimenez Different style but certainly in the same realm of genius! Love both of them. I understand there is talk of a possible duet...fingers crossed!

    mannail888

    +Andres Jimenez The only artists that is in the same league as Taylor Swift or Katy Parry is Adele.

  30. Ciara Grace

    i love this song! She's so amazing. It inspired me to make my own cover for youtube.

  31. Mason Parke

    Jeez, her talent is just amazing. The texture and just the transitioning is beautiful. And the way she sustains those high notes is amazing.

  32. Gabi Rivera

    I love Barbra :') 

  33. Ryan Raines

    I've found that I've been repeating this song for the past 30 minutes. :D

  34. Noe Berengena

    Classic Streisand. She soars when singing long sustained notes. This ballad gives her lots of room to demonstrate her vocal gifts. Some of you will appreciate that the song comes from the musical "Hallelujah, Baby!" which premiered on Broadway in 1967 with music by Jule Styne (who also wrote the music for Funny Girl). The show was "the story of the African American struggle for equality in the first half of the 20th century." The musical made a young Leslie Uggams a star. Look for that on YouTube and you WILL NOT be disappointed. Her singing is spectacular.

  35. Primo Paganini

    THE best.

  36. who ?

    barb you just hit my itunes playlist

  37. albert narr

    OMG! That's what I call being a singer I love Barbra <3

  38. Lyric Rogers

    Barbra is the best! Eat your heart out, LEA!

  39. Andres Jimenez

    I don't know how she does to maintain the last note..just incredible

  40. Legendary Vocalists

    she sure does :) and the best phrasing and breath support as well.

  41. birchbewillow

    Well, Barbra certainly isn't nothing at all. So there's only one other option...

  42. marimarz cg

    a mi tambien jeje!

  43. Vic Damico

    To still have this amazing voice at 70 plus years old is beyond belief. Keep going Barb.

  44. smakowy sm

    You know what? You can buy your own vibrato.... hahahah

  45. Andres Jimenez

    Barbra Streisand has probably the best vibrato in history of pop music

  46. Anabel Ortiz Godoy

    I totally agree with U. LM's voice is still has that nasal sound!

  47. Francisco Bareno

    I love Barbra and I have been a fan since I was 5 y.o. however I just recently heard this song.

  48. iflute1000

    that last note she sings...its beautiful. i have chills

  49. Manuela Mauger

    Being this good,is simply the best.her voice gets you deep down

  50. greateststarbyfar

    thee ark of the covenant in that singing:-))))

  51. Vic Damico

    And she sounds as good today as she has sounded since the first time she came onto the music scene. What an amazing voice. I would say that her and the incredible Karen Carpenter are my two favorite girl singers.

  52. Bill Chan

    Barbra doesnt need autotuning. Editing every singer does it unless he/she is singing live. Even concert albums would be edited.

  53. Anastasia Karnezis

    barbra is my idol and this is one of my favorite songs

  54. Amanda Walker

    I agree...and I am a huge barbra streisand fan and a Vocal performance major :333

  55. Armando Juarez

    Simply DIVINE!! <3

  56. Fitzwilliamdarcy1000

    Her voice <3

  57. deltamusic

    What an ending! No one could perform that except Streisand! Thanks so much for posting.

  58. pincherl84

    Classic Streisand!