"Stand Up" as written by Kenneth Ortiz, Jesse Walker, Mackenzie Roberts, Andrew Guerrero, Stephen Brackett and Jamie Laurie....
Stand up
We shall not be moved
Except by a child with no socks and shoes
If you've got more to give than you've got to prove
Put your hands up and I'll copy you

Stand up
We shall not be moved
Except by a woman dying from a loss of food
If you've got more to give than you've got to prove
Put your hands up and I'll copy you

We still don't understand thunder and lightning
Flashback to when we didn't fund the dam
Didn't fund the damn levee
No wonder man
Now our whole damn cities torn us under man
Underwater but we still don't understand
We see hurricane spills overrun the land
Through gaps you couldn't fill with a hundred tons of sand
No we still don't understand
We've seen planes in the windows of buildings
Crumbled in
We've seen flames sending chills through London
And we've sent planes to kill them
And some of them are children
But still we crumble under buildin'
Underfunded but we still don't understand
Under God but we kill like the son of Sam
But if you feel like I feel about the son of man
We will overcome

Stand up
We shall not be moved
Except by a child with no socks and shoes
If you've got more to give than you've got to prove
Put your hands up and I'll copy you

I said put your hands up and I'll copy you
Put your hands up and I'll copy you
If you've got more to give than you've got to prove
Put your hands up and I'll copy you

We shall not be moved
Except by a child with no socks and shoes
Except by a woman dying from a loss of food
Except by a freedom fighter bleeding on the cross for you

We shall not be moved
Except by a system that's rotting through
Neglecting the victims and ordering the cops to shoot
High treason now we need to prosecute

So stand up (Stand up)
We shall not be moved
And we wont fight a war over fossil fuel
Times like this that you want to plot a coup
Put your hands up and I'll copy you

Stand up (Stand up)
We shall not be moved
Unless we are taking a route we have not pursued
So if you've got a dream and a lot to do
Put your hands up and I'll copy you
I said put your hands up and I'll copy you
Put your hands up and I'll copy you
If you've got a dream and a lot to do
Put your hands up

Now shake, shake a Polaroid dream
Nightmare negatives develop on the screen
We sit back and wait on the government team
Criticize they but who the f**k are we
The people want peace
But the leaders want war
Neighbors don't speak peak through the front door
House representatives preach stay the course
Its time for a leap of faith
Once more
Put your hands up high if you haven't imagined
Hope that the pen strokes higher than the cannon
Balls to the wall nose to the grindstone
My interrogation techniques leave ya mind blown
Places your bets lets peak to the enemy
Don't let them pretend that we seek blood
And whose we anyway kimosabai
Mighty warlord want to be street thug
A threat for a threat leaves the whole world terrified
Blow for blow never settles the score
Word for word its time to be clarified
We the people did not want war!

So stand up (Stand up)
We shall not be moved
Except by a child with no socks and shoes
If you've got more to give than you've got to prove
Put your hands up and I'll copy you

Stand up (Stand up)
We shall not be moved
Unless we are taking a route we have not pursued
So if you've got a dream and a lot to do
Put your hands up and I'll copy you

I said put your hands up and I'll copy you
Put your hands up and I'll copy you
If you've got a dream and a lot to do
Put your hands up


Lyrics submitted by r3liX

"Stand Up" as written by Paul F. Trust Clifford Newton

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +3
    General CommentI'm think of this song as somewhat sarcastic, but I could be wrong. As an active volunteer and someone who takes action often, I interpreted a lot of these lyrics differently.

    "We shall not be moved
    Except By a child with no socks and shoes
    We shall not be moved
    Except by a woman dying from a loss of food"

    To me, the chorus is saying that people are not moved unless it is something terrible and drastic, such as a child in a third world country without any shoes (think about the new TOMS shoes trend) or a humans starving (again, in other countries) because they don't have enough to eat. "Put your hands up and I'll copy you" is saying something about the "do-good" trends and the tendency to want to "save" other countires without realizing the problems and poverty we have in our own country.

    "If you've got more to give then you've got to prove" (If you have the money to give then you better donate donate donate, and it better be to a well-known cause in a third world country)

    "We still don't understand thunder and lightning
    Flash back to when we didn't fund the dam
    Didn't fund the dam levee? No wonder man
    Now our whole damn city's torn us under man
    Under water but we still don't understand
    We see hurricane spills overrun the land
    Through gaps you couldn't fill with a 100 tons of sand"
    (Obviously a reference to the hurricane disasters and how little our government did to not only prevent it but also to help the citizens. I think this is also to make us think about the poverty in AMERICA. Did you know most of these families are still homeless? Their houses still in shambles, but they are still living in them because they have no where else to go? They are living without roofs and walls and living in toxic mold and muck.

    "We sit back and wait for the government team
    Criticize they but who the fuck are we" (Again, talking about how little action we as citizens actually take but how much TALKING, COMPLAINING, and CRITICIZING we do)

    So that is my two cents :) Could be wrong, but lyrics are open to interpretation, right?
    tinabeanaon October 30, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe Israel massacre on Gaza. (U.S. funds Israel arms)

    The war on "terrorism". (killing thousands of INNOCENT people)

    U.S. debt that's heading towards 10 trillion........think about a trillion for second. I'm stealing this from an audio, but the empire state building was built with 10 mil bricks, if you had 1 trillion bricks, you could make 100,000 empire state buildings. They print money like alcoholics buy beer. Wanna stimulate the economy? How about giving EVERY American a few thousand dollars????


    Flobots make it involving. R.A.T.M. wrote the book.

    STAND UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Polaskeyon February 06, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis is the only kid of hip hop/rap i can stand. the kind thats about something real.. actual issues and not just about bitches and hos and dollas.

    that stuff is ridiculous and has given rap a bad reputation in my head. but these guys i can actually take seriously.

    H0LYH4NN4Hon February 09, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA few small changes...
    Levy is spelled with a y, not an i.
    "We've seen hurricane spills OVERRUN the land."
    "But we still crumble in the building"
    "Put you hands up high if you haven't abandoned, hope that the pen stroke is stronger than the cannon"
    ozzyrunneron January 24, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA few small changes...
    Levy is spelled with a y, not an i.
    "We've seen hurricane spills OVERRUN the land."
    "But we still crumble in the building"
    "Put you hands up high if you haven't abandoned, hope that the pen stroke is stronger than the cannon"
    ozzyrunneron January 24, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentlol nice triple post.
    anyway awesome song. Its anti war and about how our priorities should be solving world hunger and disease, not war.
    soccerman90on April 17, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNBryson is an example of someone who believes anything they are told. The whole message of Flobots is to think for yourself and help others think for themselves... The Nazi germans were told that the jews were evil and rather then question they believed, look at the consequences of their actions. America, question all that is around you! Listen to we are winning that might help.
    lp4lifeon September 08, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthaha the US government has practically admitted that it went into Iraq cos of fossil fuels under the pretense of taking out a fascist since it had nothing to do with 9/11. Fair enough they did take Mr. Hussein out of power but they screwed an awful lot up. Bush just wanted to finish off the work of his father cos he's a sheep like all British politicians who decided he knew what he was doing.
    10203040on September 24, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenteriequiet... It is fairly disturbing that you are judging people's innocence without even knowing them.
    It just shows that our country is going in the wrong direction. I do not support the acts of dictators and terrorists, I just believe there are far more effective ways than killing innocent people. And yes, they are innocent.
    bgbobcat77on October 20, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA few small changes...
    Levy is spelled with a y, not an i.
    "We've seen hurricane spills OVERRUN the land."
    "But we still crumble in the building"
    "Put you hands up high if you haven't abandoned, hope that the pen stroke is stronger than the cannon"
    ozzyrunneron January 24, 2008   Link

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