GET UP STAND UP

Live 15 Oct 1988 version


All:Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights
Get up, stand up, don't give up the fight
Get up, stand up, stand up for your right
Get up, stand up, don't give up the fight

Sting:Preacher man don't tell me heaven is under the earth
I know you don't know what life is really worth
Peter Gabriel:Not all that glitters is gold, half the story has never been told
Gabriel and Springsteen:Now you see the light, stand up for your right

All:Get up, stand up, stand up for your right
Get up, stand up, don't give up the fight
Get up, stand up, stand up for your right
Get up, stand up, don't give up the fight

Tracy Chapman:Most people say a great god will come from the sky
Take away everything and make everybody feel high
But if you knew what life is worth, you will look to yours on earth
Chapman and Springsteen:And now you've seen the light, stand up for your rights

All:Get up, stand up
Sting:Get up, stand up
All:Stand up for your right
Sting:Stand up for your right
All:Get up, stand up
Sting:Get up, stand up
All:Don't give up the fight
Sting:Give up, give up, don't give up
All:Get up, stand up, stand up for your right
Get up, stand up, don't give up the fight

Bruce Springsteen:We're sick and tired of your ism-skism game, I'm going to heaven in-a Jesus name
Because we know when we understand that a mighty god is a living man
Youssou N'Dour:You fool some people sometimes, but you can't fool all the people all the time
All:Now you see the light, stand up for your rights

All:Get up, stand up
Sting:Get up, stand up
All:Stand up for your right
Sting:Stand up for your right
All:Get up, stand up
Sting:Get up, stand up
All:Don't give up the fight
Sting:Don't give up the fight

Youssou N'Dour:We yoh
Audience:We yoh
Youssou N'Dour:We yoh yoh yoh
Audience:We yoh yoh yoh
Youssou N'Dour:We don't give up the fight
Don't give up the fight
Audience:Don't give up the fight
Youssou N'Dour:We yoh
Audience:We yoh
Youssou N'Dour:We yoh yoh yoh
Audience:We yoh yoh yoh
Youssou N'Dour:We don't give up the fight
Tracy Chapman:Don't give up the fight

All:Derechos humanos
Derechos humanos ya
Derechos humanos
Para siempre ya

All:Derechos humanos
Derechos humanos ya
Derechos humanos
Para siempre ya

All:Derechos humanos
Derechos humanos ya
Derechos humanos
Para siempre ya

All:Derechos humanos
Derechos humanos ya
Derechos humanos
Para siempre ya
Para siempre ya
Youssou N'Dour:???
All:Para siempre ya
Para siempre ya
Youssou N'Dour:???
All:Para siempre ya
Para siempre ya
Para siempre ya
Para siempre ya
Para siempre ya
Sting:Juntos
All:Para siempre ya
Crowd:Para siempre ya
Sting:¡Más fuerte!
Crowd:Para siempre ya
Sting:¡Más fuerte!
Crowd:Para siempre ya
Sting:¡Más fuerte!
Crowd:Para siempre ya
Para siempre ya
Para siempre ya
Para siempre ya
Para siempre ya
Para siempre ya
Para siempre ya
Para siempre ya

All:Don't give up the fight
Don't give up the fight
Don't give up the fight
Don't give up the fight
Don't give up the fight
Don't give up the fight

Intro

GET UP STAND UP is 1973 song by The Wailers. See the original The Wailers version for more details.

Live 15 Oct 1988 version

The above lyrics are for the (second) live 15 Oct 1988 performance of GET UP STAND UP at River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, during the Amnesty International Human Rights Now! Tour. As was the case on each of the tour's shows, the song was performed twice, opening the proceedings in a stripped-down version featuring Bruce Springsteen, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman, Sting, and Youssou N'Dour, and closing in a full-band version featuring the same artists plus León Gieco and Charly García, and backed by the E Street Band. The song featured some lines in Spanish: "Derechos humanos / Derechos humanos ya / Derechos humanos / Para siempre ya" which translate to "Human rights / Human rights now / Human rights / Forever now", "Juntos" which translates to "Together" (Sting encouraging the crowd to sing along), and "¡Más fuerte!" which translates to "Stronger!".

Ticket stub for the 15 Oct 1988 show at River Plate Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Ticket stub for the 15 Oct 1988 show at River Plate Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina

The 15 Oct 1988 Show

The Amnesty International Human Rights Now! Tour was a worldwide series of twenty benefit concerts on behalf of Amnesty International that took place over six weeks in September and October 1988. The concerts were held not to raise funds but to increase awareness of Amnesty International and to publicize the 40th anniversary of the Universal Declaration Of Human Rights (UDHR). They were billed as "A Concert For Human Rights Now!" and featured Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman, and Youssou N'dour.

Promotional poster for the Amnesty International Human Rights Now! Tour
Promotional poster for the Amnesty International Human Rights Now! Tour

The 15 Oct 1988 show in Buenos Aires, Argentina, was the last date of the Amnesty International Human Rights Now! Tour. It took place at River Plate Stadium and was broadcast worldwide live on the radio. Video segments were broadcast as part of "The Human Right Now Tour" documentary which debuted on 10 Dec 1988 on HBO in the United States, WDR in West Germany, and other TV channels around the world.

Promotional poster for the 10 Dec 1988 HBO broadcast of
Promotional poster for the 10 Dec 1988 HBO broadcast of "The Human Right Now Tour" documentary

  1. GET UP STAND UP (with Sting, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman, Youssou N'Dour, León Gieco, and Charly García)
  2. EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE (with Sting)
  3. BORN IN THE U.S.A.
  4. THE PROMISED LAND
  5. COVER ME
  6. I'M ON FIRE
  7. THE RIVER (with Sting and L. Shankar)
  8. CADILLAC RANCH (with David Sancious)
  9. WAR
  10. MY HOMETOWN
  11. DANCING IN THE DARK
  12. GLORY DAYS (with David Sancious)
  13. RAISE YOUR HAND (with Branford Marsalis and David Sancious)
  14. TWIST AND SHOUT (with Branford Marsalis, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Youssou N'Dour, David Sancious, León Gieco, Charly García, Jack Healey, and all)
  15. CHIMES OF FREEDOM (with Sting, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman, and Youssou N'Dour)
  16. GET UP STAND UP (with Sting, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman, Youssou N'Dour, León Gieco, and Charly García)

The 15 Oct 1988 broadcast from Buenos Aires (Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's set) was commercially released in Europe. Since 2005 some enterprising record labels in Europe (mostly in the UK) have been releasing Bruce Springsteen radio and TV broadcasts (and some soundboard recordings) from the seventies, eighties, and nineties. Though these releases are not authorized by Bruce Springsteen or his record company, they are lawful due to a legal loophole in Europe.

Bruce Springsteen -- The Human Rights Broadcast
Bruce Springsteen -- The Human Rights Broadcast

CD - Sonic Boom (SON0323) - UK, 2015

This release contains the 15 Oct 1988 broadcast of Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's set from Buenos Aires.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Estadio River Plate, Buenos Aires, Argentina Oct 15, 1988
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Estadio River Plate, Buenos Aires, Argentina Oct 15, 1988

Digital album - BKC (no catalog number) - UK, 2015

This is a download-only digital album. It contains the 15 Oct 1988 broadcast of Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's set from Buenos Aires.
Bruce Springsteen -- The Human Rights Broadcast
Bruce Springsteen -- The Human Rights Broadcast

2xLP - Parachute (PARA014LP) - UK, 2016

This release contains the 15 Oct 1988 broadcast of Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's set from Buenos Aires.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Human Rights Now! Tour - Buenos Aires, Argentina, 10/15/88
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Human Rights Now! Tour - Buenos Aires, Argentina, 10/15/88

Digital album - Lilith Records (no catalog number) - UK, 2016

This is a download-only digital album. It contains the 15 Oct 1988 broadcast of Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's set from Buenos Aires.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live At Estadio River Plate 1988
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live At Estadio River Plate 1988

LP - Payless (KXLP 16) - Australia, 2017

This release contains part of the 15 Oct 1988 broadcast of Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's set from Buenos Aires.

Official Releases

The 15 Oct 1988 show was partially released in 2013 on various CD and DVD releases benefiting Amnesty International. The released songs on which Bruce Springsteen appears are his performance of EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE with Sting during Sting's set, his performances of BORN IN THE U.S.A., I'M ON FIRE, THE RIVER, and RAISE YOUR HAND with the E Street Band, plus the joint renditions of TWIST AND SHOUT, CHIMES OF FREEDOM, and GET UP STAND UP.

Various artists -- ¡Released! The Human Rights Concerts 1986-1988
Various artists -- ¡Released! The Human Rights Concerts 1986-1988

2xCD - Shout! Factory (826663-13568) - USA, 2013

Includes the live 15 Oct 1988 versions of EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE, BORN IN THE U.S.A., and CHIMES OF FREEDOM and the live 10 Dec 1998 versions of NO SURRENDER and GET UP STAND UP.
Various artists -- Get Up! Stand Up! Highlights From The Human Rights Concerts 1986-1998
Various artists -- Get Up! Stand Up! Highlights From The Human Rights Concerts 1986-1998

2xCD - Eagle Records (EDGCD505) - Europe (made in Germany), 2013
3xCD - Eagle Records / Ward Records (VQCD-10336/8) - Japan, 2013

Includes the live 15 Oct 1988 versions of BORN IN THE U.S.A. and I'M ON FIRE and the live 10 Dec 1998 versions of NO SURRENDER and GET UP STAND UP. The Japanese edition includes four bonus songs not available on the European edition, but none of these feature Bruce Springsteen.
Various artists -- ¡Released! The Human Rights Concerts 1988: Human Rights Now!
Various artists -- ¡Released! The Human Rights Concerts 1988: Human Rights Now!

2xCD - Eagle Records (EDGCD518) - Europe (made in Germany), 2013
2xCD - Eagle Records / Ward Records (VQCD-10356/7) - Japan, 2013

Includes the live 15 Oct 1988 versions of EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE, BORN IN THE U.S.A., I'M ON FIRE, THE RIVER, RAISE YOUR HAND, TWIST AND SHOUT, CHIMES OF FREEDOM, and GET UP STAND UP.
Various artists -- ¡Released! Highlights Of The Human Rights Concerts 1986-1988
Various artists -- ¡Released! Highlights Of The Human Rights Concerts 1986-1988

DVD - Shout! Factory ‎(826663-14648) - USA, 2013

Includes the live 15 Oct 1988 versions of EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE, BORN IN THE U.S.A., and CHIMES OF FREEDOM, and the live 10 Dec 1998 versions of NO SURRENDER and GET UP STAND UP.
Various artists -- ¡Released! The Human Rights Concerts 1986-1988
Various artists -- ¡Released! The Human Rights Concerts 1986-1988

6xDVD - Shout! Factory ‎(826663-13562) - USA, 2013
6xDVD - Eagle Vision ‎(EREDV929) - Europe (made in Germany), 2013
6xDVD - Eagle Vision / Ward Records ‎(VQBD-10163/8) - Japan, 2013

Includes the live 15 Oct 1988 versions of EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE, BORN IN THE U.S.A., I'M ON FIRE, THE RIVER, RAISE YOUR HAND, TWIST AND SHOUT, CHIMES OF FREEDOM, and GET UP STAND UP and the live 10 Dec 1998 versions of GET UP STAND UP, NO SURRENDER, BORN IN THE U.S.A., and WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY. Also includes interviews with Bruce Springsteen. The US and European editions have identical content. The Japanese edition includes four bonus songs not available on the US and European editions, but none of these feature Bruce Springsteen.
Various artists -- Get Up! Stand Up! Highlights From The Human Rights Concerts 1986-1998
Various artists -- Get Up! Stand Up! Highlights From The Human Rights Concerts 1986-1998

DVD - Eagle Vision ‎(EREDV981) - Europe (made in Germany), 2013
2xDVD - Eagle Vision / Ward Records (VQBD-10137/8) - Japan, 2013
2xDVD + 3xCD - Eagle Vision / Ward Records (VQBD-10135/6) - Japan, 2013

Includes the live 15 Oct 1988 versions of BORN IN THE U.S.A. and I'M ON FIRE and the live 10 Dec 1998 versions of NO SURRENDER and GET UP STAND UP. The Japanese edition includes four bonus songs not available on the European edition, but none of these feature Bruce Springsteen. The 2-DVD/3-CD issue of the Japanese edition includes the same tracks on both the DVDs and the CDs.

Other Official Releases

Other versions of GET UP STAND UP were also officially released.

Various artists -- The Paris Concert For Amnesty International: The Struggle Continues... (USA VHS cover art)
The live 10 Dec 1988 version of GET UP STAND UP was first officially released on The Paris Concert For Amnesty International: The Struggle Continues... home video in 1999.

Live History

GET UP STAND UP was performed 40 times during the 20-date-long Amnesty International Human Rights Now! Tour. The song was performed twice on each date, opening the proceedings in a stripped-down version featuring Bruce Springsteen, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman, Sting, and Youssou N'Dour, and closing in a full-band version featuring the same artists and sometimes other additional artists too, and backed by the E Street Band. The setlist for the 14 Oct 1988 show in Mendoza, Argentina, is unknown, but it is assumed that the song was performed on that date, twice, just like it was on all other dates.

  1. 02 Sep 1988 at Wembley Stadium, London, England (performed twice)
  2. 04 Sep 1988 at Palais Omnisports De Paris-Bercy, Paris, France (performed twice)
  3. 05 Sep 1988 at Palais Omnisports De Paris-Bercy, Paris, France (performed twice)
  4. 06 Sep 1988 at Nepstadion, Budapest, Hungary (performed twice)
  5. 08 Sep 1988 at Stadio Comunale, Turin, Italy (performed twice)
  6. 10 Sep 1988 at Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain (performed twice)
  7. 13 Sep 1988 at National Stadium, San Jose, Costa Rica (performed twice)
  8. 15 Sep 1988 at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Canada (performed twice)
  9. 17 Sep 1988 at Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Canada (performed twice)
  10. 19 Sep 1988 at JFK Stadium, Philadelphia, PA (performed twice)
  11. 21 Sep 1988 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA (performed twice)
  12. 23 Sep 1988 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, CA (performed twice)
  13. 27 Sep 1988 at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan (performed twice)
  14. 30 Sep 1988 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi, India (performed twice)
  15. 03 Oct 1988 at New Olympic Stadium, Athens, Greece (performed twice)
  16. 07 Oct 1988 at National Sports Stadium, Harare, Zimbabwe (performed twice)
  17. 09 Oct 1988 at Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny, Abidjan, Ivory Coast (performed twice)
  18. 12 Oct 1988 at Parque Antártica, Sao Paulo, Brazil (performed twice)
  19. 14 Oct 1988 at Estadio Mundialista Mendoza, Mendoza, Argentina (performed twice)
  20. 15 Oct 1988 at River Plate Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina (performed twice)

GET UP STAND UP was performed off-tour on 10 Dec 1998 at Palais Omnisports De Paris-Bercy in Paris, France, during a benefit show for the Amnesty International Foundation. The song was performed with Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman, and Youssou N'Dour. This live 10 Dec 1998 version was first officially released on The Paris Concert For Amnesty International: The Struggle Continues... home video in 1999. See the live 10 Dec 1998 version for more details.

Credits

Thanks Joma and Manuel Lázaro for the help with the Spanish lyrics.

Request

The above lyrics may not be not be 100% complete or correct. For any additions, comments, or corrections, please contact me via the below form or by email: . Please also contact me if you know of any other official releases containing portions of the 15 Oct 1988 show that are not mentioned on this page, or if you have any corrections to the above list of official releases. You will be credited. Thanks in advance.

Available Versions

List of available versions of GET UP STAND UP on this website:

GET UP STAND UP [Live 15 Oct 1988 version]
GET UP STAND UP [Live 10 Dec 1998 version]
GET UP STAND UP [Original The Wailers version]

Page last updated: 05 Aug 2015