GET UP STAND UP

Original The Wailers version


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

Preacher man don't tell me heaven is under the earth
I know you don't know what life is really worth
It's not all that glitters is gold, half the story has never been told
So now you see the light, eh!, stand up for your rights, come on!

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 rights
Get up, stand up, don't give up the fight

Most people think great God will come from the skies
Take away everything and make everybody feel high
But if you know what life is worth you will look for yours on earth
And now you see the light, you stand up for your rights, Jah!

Get up, stand up, (Jah, Jah) stand up for your rights (oh-hoo)
Get up, stand up, (get up, stand up) don't give up the fight (life is your right)
Get up, stand up, (so we can't give up the fight) stand up for your rights (Lord, Lord)
Get up, stand up, (keep on struggling on) don't give up the fight (yeah)

We sick and tired of your ism-skism game, dying and going to heaven in Jesus' name, Lord
We know when we understand almighty God is a living man
You can fool some people sometimes, but you can't fool all the people all the time
So now we see the light, (what you gonna do) we gonna stand up for our rights (yeah, yeah, yeah)
So you better

Get up, stand up, (in the morning) (don't give it up) stand up for your rights (stand up for our rights)
Get up, stand up, don't give up the fight (don't give it up, don't give it up)
Get up, stand up, (get up, stand up) stand up for your rights (get up, stand up)
Get up, stand up, (???) don't give up the fight (get up, stand up)
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... [fades out]


Info

GET UP STAND UP is a song written by Bob Marley and Pete Tosh and originally released by The Wailers on their 1973 album Burnin'.


The Wailers -- Burnin' (album cover art)
The Wailers -- Burnin'

LP - Island Records (SMAS-9338) - USA, 1973

The above lyrics are for the original GET UP STAND UP version of GET UP STAND UP as released in 1973.

Springsteen's Version

Bruce Springsteen performed GET UP STAND UP live in 1988 and 1998. See his live 15 Oct 1988 version for more details.

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]

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