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Say something! Do something!

STAND UP is a musical call-to-action created and performed by a diverse group of professional musicians led by vocalist Clairdee and pianist Jon Herbst.

We hope STAND UP will serve as an anthem, encouraging people all across America to get involved in their communities.

STAND UP is featured on Dr. Peggy Mitchell Clarke's Living Well weekly talk-radio show. Tune in every Thursday.

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The musical arrangement includes excerpts from speeches by the Honorable US Senator Cory Booker sprinkled throughout the song. (A version of the song with just music is also available upon request.)

STAND UP ©
music by Marcus McLaurine
lyrics by Keva Singletary Youngblood
Published by Jade Elephant Publishing (ASCAP)

Music arranged and produced by:
Jon Herbst & Clairdee

Vocalists:
Clairdee, Tony Lindsay, Janice Maxie-Reid, Kenny Washington

Instrumentalists:
Jon Herbst, piano; Ron Belcher, bass; Deszon Claiborne, drums;
Mario
Guaneri, trumpet; Dave Bell, guitar

Audio Recording:
Coventry Studio, Kensington, CA

Studio Videographer:
Paul Kagawa

Mastering:
Dave Bell, Bellboy Recording

Very special thanks to:
Karla Clement, Ken French, David Kerr, and Adam Goldberg

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STAND UP (lyrics) 
© Marcus McLaurine & 
Keva Singletary Youngblood  
© Jade Elephant Publishing (ASCAP)
  

Don't just complain  
Go and shake it up!  
If you wanna see change  
Go and change it up!  
We waited much too long  
Now it's time that we stand up!  
Stand up!  
Stand up!  

[Speech excerpts: Senator Cory Booker.]  
"We cannot allow our inability to do everything to undermine our determination to do something. We cannot get caught up in that sedentary state of agitation where we're sitting on our couch, so upset about what's going on we fail to realize we have got to do something about it. No action in the cause of justice, helping a child, mentoring a brother, speaking out, standing up; no action no matter how small in the cause of justice is ever wasted".  

Verse 1:  
Rising up to the top  
Like a pressure cooker  
The problems of today  
They can sure get to ya  
Social media hits going off  
On your phone all day  
Can make anybody crazy  
But don't tune it out  
That doesn't work at all  
Stop trying to pass  
And run with the ball  
You see,  
I got one or two suggestions for you  
Little things you can do  

Chorus:  
Like maybe you can  
Say something, say something  
Stop standing there and  
Do something, do something  
Get off the couch and maybe  
Move something, move something  
Instead of helping the problem  
Help the solution  

["You must stand; stand with all of your love, all of your idealism, all of your passion. You must stand".]  

Verse 2:  
You got problems at work  
And you wanna leave  
You got problems at home  
And you can't breathe  

Ev'ry night you sit and yell at the TV  
Because of 
problems you see  
First, you get a little sad  
Then you get a little mad  
Thinking of the world we could have  
Hey, I got one or two suggestions for you  
Easy things you can do  

Chorus:  
Like maybe you can  
Say something, say something  
Stop standing there and  
Do something, do something  
Get off the couch and maybe  
Move something, move something  
Instead of helping the problem  
Help the solution  

["The call from our ancestors has come up. We must stand up because people stood for us. People stood for you. You've got to stand up".]  

Hook:  
Don't just complain  
Go and shake it up!  
If you wanna see change  
Go and change it up!  
We waited much too long  
Now it's time that we stand up!  
Stand up!  
Stand up!  

Don't just complain  
Go and shake it up!  
If you wanna see change  
Go and change it up!  
We waited much too long  
Now it's time that we stand up!  
Stand up!  
Stand up!  

["You can't sit on the sidelines".]  

Shake it up!  

["We must stand up".]  

Change it up!  
We waited much too long  
Now it's time that we stand up!  
Stand up!  
Stand up!