naked lovers feel the blood beneath their
veins
electric nerves communicate
with tiny explosions through our brains
who is this energy that never left or
came?
give rise to passion the only glory
of this human story

I give my heart and soul to the one

we spend all of our lives goin' out of our
minds
looking back to our birth forward to our
demise
even scientists say everything is just
light
not created, destroyed but eternally
bright
masters in everytime lord in everyplace
those who stood up for love down in spite
of the hate
in spite of the hate

who put the flower in the barrel of that
gun?
who lit the candle that started the fire,
burnt down the fortress, the throne?
who could house all the refugees in a
single shack
or a lowly bungalow?
who lives in a different dimension, free
from the
struggles we know?

I give my heart and soul to the one

we spend all of our lives goin' out of our
minds
looking back to our birth, forward to our
demise
even scientists say, everything is just
light
not created, destroyed but eternally
bright
masters in everytime lord in everyplace
those who stood up for love down in spite
of the hate
we spend all of our lives goin' out of our
minds
they live in the light

we made it to the moon
but we can't make it home
waitin' on a rescue that never comes
made it to the moon
but we can't make it home
maybe home is where the heart is given
up
to the one
to the one

we spend all of our lives goin' out of our
minds
lookin' back to our birth, forward to our
demise
we spend all of our lives goin' out of our
minds
they live, they

they stood up for love
stood up for love
stood up for love
they stood up for love
stood up for love
stood up for love

we spend all of our lives goin' out of our
minds
masters in everytime
we spend all of our lives goin' out of our
minds
stood up for love




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They Stood Up for Love Lyrics as written by Chad David Taylor Chad Alan Gracey

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  • +2
    General Comment

    I think that this song is trying to say that love is the greatest power we knew and we should fight for it no matter what.

    summergirlon August 01, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    It's a protest against war, and a tribute to love. Simple as that.

    mandaloron May 02, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    It's about realising that love transcends all other emotions, and once you find true love then you are a better person for it.

    Bazalon September 29, 2004   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation

    To me this has always been about human endeavour, and the fact that people are capable of great things. This song has always encouraged me to be one of the ones who 'stood up for love'.

    elanceon November 24, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I think there's more to it than just that; yes, it's a song that suggests love is a creative force but it also touches upon the near insanity we experience when trying to figure out why we're put here:

    we spend all of our lives goin' out of our minds looking back to our birth, forward to our demise

    &

    we made it to the moon but we can't make it home waitin' on a rescue that never comes

    laughing giraffeon May 08, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Aside from the meaning, check out the radio mix. It's so much better than the album version!

    GotMeNowon January 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    this is a rockn song GO LIVE =D

    led_zeppelin_xxxon January 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    The phrase "simple as that" doesn't describe any Live song I've ever heard. As katerxdaisy points out, this song is a continuing consideration of the philosophical question of whether there's more to existence than physical reality, a question at the heart of the album The Distance to Here. The description of "naked lovers" recalls the opening of the album, "The Dolphin's Cry."

    Ed then transitions through the observation that however we might physically describe reality, there's no denying the power of the intangible, of love, something you can't measure like you can a nerve impulse. Furthermore, it is scientific fact that everything is light (literally true, e = mc^2), existing eternally.

    This transcendence transitions to the transcendent nature of Jesus (love personified) himself, appearing in the "masters in everytime, lords in everyplace: those who stood up for love down in spite of the hate."

    All this is why he gives his heart and soul to the one, as those others have done before him. Musically this determination to give himself to love/Jesus is contrasted with the directionless despair of what it's like to now know all this, to go out of your mind looking back to your birth and forward to your demise, seeing nothing in your life but a physical lifespan and then a meaningless end.

    Ventifacton September 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    In that last sentence, it should be "NOT know all this," not "NOW know all this."

    Ventifacton September 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Also consider the musical climax of the song, where Ed laments that we made it to the moon but we can't make it home in a raging crescendo (I haven't heard the acoustic but I don't know how well this would work in that version) that suddenly drops away to a peaceful revelation that we already are home if only we surrender to love, i.e. wherever we are (in the broad sense) we can be at peace, if only we can understand how to get through "the distance to here" (the title of the album).

    Ventifacton September 23, 2006   Link

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