Live and Learn (Joe Public song)

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"Live and Learn"
Single by Joe Public
from the album Joe Public
Released February 22, 1992
Format CD single, 12", 7"
Recorded October 1991
Genre New jack swing[1]
Length 4:23 (Album version)
3:58 (Radio edit)
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Dwight Wyatt, Jake Carter, Joe Sayles, Kevin Scott, Nathan Sayles
Producer(s) Joe Public, Lionel Job
Joe Public singles chronology
"Do You Everynite"
"Live and Learn"
"I Miss You"

"Live and Learn" is a song by American new jack swing group Joe Public, released as the second single from their self-titled debut album, Joe Public.

It was a success, peaking at number 4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and becoming the group's most successful single. It was ranked number 16 on's list of 25 best new jack swing songs of all time.


The song heavily utilizes sampling; the song samples the drum break from Sly & the Family Stone's "Sing a Simple Song";[2] The squealing trumpet glissando heard throughout is a sample from "The Grunt" by The J.B.'s.[3] Vocal samples from James Brown's "Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved"[4] and The Soul Children's "I Don't Know What This World Is Coming To"[5] are present, as well as replayed samples of "All Your Goodies Are Gone" by Parliament[6] and "Peg" by Steely Dan.[7]


Chart (1992) Peak
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8] 43
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 4
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[10] 36
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[11] 3