"You Got to Move" is a traditional negro spiritual song about death coming soon, and slaves fleeing the Southern United States and/or being freed by death/reaching the promised land/paradise. As ever in such slave songs, double-entendres are difficult to figure out. A spirited version of it was recorded by the Blind Boys of Alabama on September 28, 1953. It was also recorded in 1965, twelve years later, by Mississippi Fred McDowell, to whom it was attributed by British rock and roll band The Rolling Stones, who more famously recorded it as "You Gotta Move" and featured it on their 1971 album Sticky Fingers.
The McDowell version has a haunting and raw electric blues-riff copied by the Stones. The lyrics have a clear touch of spiritual music, suggesting that death was unavoidable and time to 'move' to the promised land was coming. Mick Jagger sang it in a Southern black dialect.
Aerosmith covered this song, on their blues cover album Honkin' on Bobo in 2004. It was performed at a considerably faster rock tempo. They also named the coinciding DVD, You Gotta Move after the song. The Aerosmith cover was featured in the film "Barnyard" and was also the theme for the WWE Pay-Per-View "Summerslam" in 2009.