Mel McDaniel performs “Stand Up” Live On Grand Ole Opry 1985.

The song reached the number # 5 on the U.S Hot Country Songs charts, remaining on the charts for 21 weeks. On Canadian RPM Country Tracks, reaching # 3.

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Stand Up

Single cover Mel McDaniel ( Capitol 1985 )
Single cover Mel McDaniel ( Capitol 1985 )

Stand up, a song written by Bruce Channel, Ricky Ray Rector, and Sonny Throckmorton, was recorded by Mel Mcdaniel for the Capitol label on June 14, 1985, in Young Un ‘Studio, Boxwood Farm, Salem Road, Murfreesboro, TN, in the recording session of “Stand Up”, two other songs were recorded, “worn out shoe” and “Doctor’s orders”, Mel was accompanied in the recording session by: Gordon Kennedy (guitar), Jerry Kennedy (guitar), Pete Wade (guitar), Mark Casstevens (guitar and harmonica), Chip Young (guitar), Dave Gillon (slide guitar), Weldon Myrick (steel), Mike Leach (bass), Gene Chrisman (drums), Hargus Robbins (keyboards), Terry McMillan (harmonica), Nashville String Machine and Shelby Kennedy (vocal harmony), Buzz Cason, Carol Chase, Yvonne Hodges, Jana King, Bergen White, Trish Williams and Dennis Wilson (background vocals). With the production of Jerry Kennedy, the song was released on September 2, 1985, on November 30, 1985, reached the number # 5 on the U.S Hot Country Songs charts, remaining on the charts for 21 weeks. On Canadian RPM Country Tracks, reaching # 3.



Lp cover Mel McDaniel ( Capitol 1985 )
Lp cover Mel McDaniel ( Capitol 1985 )

The song was included in Mel’s eighth studio album, Stand Up (Capitol 1985), the album was released on September 13, 1985, reached on November 23, 1985, number # 25 on the US Top Country charts Albums, a total of 29 weeks remained on the charts.

On April 25, 2006, the song was included again on the album, ‘Reloaded: Tried, True & New’ (Aspirion Records, 2006).





Mel McDaniel – Stand Up Lyrics

Well Jimmy Lee was hookin’ ’round the far turn of a funky southern Florida dirt track
He had mud caked on his goggles and a screamin’ 350 stacked up on his back
Well as he passed the stands he was feelin’ all tuckered out
When through the roar of his engine he heard somebody shout
Stand on it, come on boy, stand on it;
Mary Beth started to drift, she hit the shift but she just couldn’t get a hand on it
Racin’ some Red Hill boys, she had the deed to the ranch and a grand on it
With eight grand blowin’ hot on the red line
She blew past a hitchhiker out on Route 39
He hollered; Stand on it, go ahead baby, stand on it;
CHORUS
Well now when in doubt and you can’t figure it out
Just stand on it
Well, if your mind’s confused, you don’t know what you’re gonna do
Well buddy, stand on it
Well if you’ve lost control of the situation at hand
Grab a girl; go see arock-a-billy band
And stand on it
Come on man, stand on it
Well now Columbus he discovered America even though he hadn’t planned on it
He got lost and woke up one morning when he’s about to land on it
He wouldn’t of got out of Italy, man that’s for sure
Without Queen Isabella standing on the shore
Shouting;Stand on it, go ahead man, stand on it
Well now when in doubt and you can’t figure it out
Just stand on it
Well, if your mind’s confused, you don’t know what you’re gonna do
Well buddy, stand on it
Well if you’ve lost control of the situation at hand
Grab a girl; go see arock-a-billy band
And stand on it
Come on man, stand on it

Single Mel McDaniel ( Capitol 1984 )
Single Mel McDaniel ( Capitol 1984 )

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