“Keep What Ya Got” by Ian Brown (ft. Noel Gallagher)
Ian Brown’s “Keep What Ya Got” is highly-metaphorical, even philosophical and some would argue religious, in its approach. As such, there have been various theories put forth concerning its meaning. And ultimately, the concept which it appears the vocalist is speaking to is loosely related to materialism. Simply put, in the title what he is actually telling the person to “keep” would be something tantamount to his or her soul. And the way he espouses doing so is by rather “giving it all away”. In that sense, the “it” would refer to something like material possessions.
And all things considered, Ian and Noel don’t mean to take such action literally, as in giving away everything you own. As such, this song is obviously intended to point to a general ideology of a person not being preoccupied with his or her possession at the cost of say negatively affecting interpersonal relationships or sacrificing their piety.
“Keep what ya got, by giving it all away”
When was “Keep What Ya Got” released?
This track was originally released on 20 September 2004. And it can be found the fourth solo album of Brown’s musical career titled “Solarized”. Actually it was the first of the album’s two singles. You can also find this song on Brown’s 2005 compilation album entitled “The Greatest”.
Ian Brown alongside Noel Gallagher of the iconic band Oasis wrote this song in unison. And this saw them working together for the first time on a track. And FYI, Brown is also best known for his membership of the English band, The Stone Roses. His band dominated the English music landscape in the 1980s with such hits as “I Wanna Be Adored” and “Sally Cinnamon“.
Brown also produced “Keep What Ya Got” alongside Dave McCracken. In addition to this song, McCracken also produced the song’s whole album alongside Brown.