Song of the Day #3,907: ‘Stand Up’ – Al Green

Today’s random selection is the third track from Al Green’s 1973 album Call Me. I’ll get around to 1973 in my Decades series pretty soon, and this album will definitely make an appearance.

One interesting aspect of this soul classic is that two of its nine tracks started as country tunes: Hank Williams’ ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’ and Willie Nelson’s ‘Funny How Time Slips Away.’

I guess country is soul for white people. Or maybe soul is country gone black.

Stand up, and identify yourself
Stand up, and identify yourself

What’s your name, what’s the nature
Of the game, who you are
How far you come, where have you been

Stand up, you’ve been promised just one day
And that’s today
Stand up, no sense in sleeping your life away

Where you going, what’s your plan
If you a loser or a winning man
Tell me now, I wanna know
You’ve got to let the glory show

Stand up, tomorrow’s about to come
Are you ready
Stand up, today’s got you on the run

Don’t fall down on your face
And let someone take your place
Cause you oughta know, you can do it
Tell me that there’s nothing to it

Where you going, do you know
Did you’re friends tell you so
Can you make it by yourself
With the strength that you have left

Why dont you give me a hand
I’ll try my best to understand
I dont know about goodbye
But nothing fails but a try

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,907: ‘Stand Up’ – Al Green

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    There is definitely an intersection between soul and country, with the common root being blues.

  2. Peg says:

    Love this music whatever it is 😊

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