Song of the Day #3,519: ‘Stand Up For Something’ – Andra Day and Common

Our third Oscar-nominated song comes from the biopic Marshall, starring Black Panther as the nation’s first African-American Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall.

The song is performed by soul singer Andra Day and rapper Common, and written by Common and 9-time Best Song nominee Diane Warren. Warren has never won the statue despite her run of nominations, while Common took the prize when he was last nominated, for the song ‘Glory’ in 2015’s Selma.

‘Stand Up for Something’ is a pretty standard rah-rah anthem, improved by Day’s impressive vocal delivery.

I really wanted to see this movie in theaters but never got around to it, so I’m looking forward to catching up with it at home.

[Verse 1: Andra Day]
You can have all the money in your hands
All the possessions anyone can ever have
But it’s all worthless treasure, true worth is only measured
Not by what you got, but what you got in your heart
You can have, you can have everything
What does it, what does it mean?

[Chorus: Andra Day]
It all means nothing
If you don’t stand up for something
You can’t just talk the talk
You got to walk that walk, yes you do
It all means nothing
If you don’t stand up for something
And I stand up for you
And I stand up for you, yes I will, yes I will

[Verse 2: Andra Day]
You do the best that, do the best that you can do
Then you can look in the mirror
Proud of who’s looking back at you
Define the life you’re living
Not by what you take or what you’re givin’
And if you bet on love there’s no way you’ll ever lose
Take a stand, make a stand for what’s right
It’s always worth, always worth the fight

[Chorus: Andra Day]
It all means nothing
If you don’t stand up for something
You can’t just talk the talk
You got to walk that walk, yes you do
It all means nothing
If you don’t stand up for something
And I stand up for you
Stand for respect, dignity
If that’s all you got, then you got all you need
And without that, you don’t have a thing, oh, no, no

[Verse 3: Common]
Rise up, love, lift your hands
I stand with you ’cause I understand
Ain’t here to judge, just to take a stand
The greater plan’s the Creator’s plan
Let’s all rise like the day began
Reach out and touch with the Savior’s hand
On rock, we stand like this native land
Let the ways of love be the ways of man

[Chorus: Andra Day]
And it all means nothing
If you don’t stand up for something
You can’t just talk the talk
You got to walk that walk, yes you do
It all means nothing
If you don’t stand up for something
And I stand up for you (stand up, stand for you)
I stand up for you (stand up)
And I stand up for you (stand up, stand for you)
Stand up for you, yes I will, yes I will (stand up)

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4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,519: ‘Stand Up For Something’ – Andra Day and Common

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Really liked this movie and am glad to see it get at least some Oscar recognition, even if it’s just for this song.

  2. Peg says:

    I really wanted to see it too. Hope it shows up on TV soon.

  3. willedare says:

    Your blog posts catch me up on all sorts of things I have missed in popular culture. I hope Dianne Warren finally wins an Oscar for this inspirational reminder song — and I hope it makes lots of us see the movie when it is available to stream! Thank you for sharing this song today.

  4. Maddie says:

    Definitely a great movie that slipped under the radar. I keep forgetting that this is nominated in the song category because I never really connected it with the movie itself. Seems like there was a better way to honor this one, especially with Pharrell being left with zero nominations.

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