“STAND UP FOR SOMETHING” FROM “MARSHALL”
Music by Diane Warren; Lyric by Lonnie R. Lynn (aka Common) and Diane Warren
Performed By Andra Day featuring Common



Director: Reginald Hudlin
Producer: Paula Wagner, Reginald Hudlin, and Jonathan Sanger
Writers: Michael Koskoff and Jacob Koskoff
Editor: Tom McArdle
Composer: Marcus Miller
Distributor: Open Road Films
Release Date: October 13, 2017
Run-time: 118 minutes


FILM SYNOPSIS: In 1940, New York lawyer Thurgood Marshall is sent by the NAACP to Connecticut to defend African-American chauffeur Joseph Spell, who is accused of raping his white employer. The segregated city does not welcome Marshall, forcing him to work with inexperienced, white co-counsel Sam Friedman as he fights for justice for his client.


Without having seen the rest of the nominees thus far, the original song from “Marshall” titled “Stand Up For Something” and performed by Audra Day featuring Common (who also has a c0-writing credit), is definitely a strong contender for Best Original Song. The criteria I normally follow when picking a best song is, first, whether it’s a well produced song, and then whether it embodies the film as a whole. “Stand Up For Something” is both of those things. The song is not only nicely produced but it’s very catchy and includes an amazing vocal performance from Audra Day, who also has a small role in the film. It embodies the film by first being a song that could have easily come out of that era of 1940, with a simplicity that fits and, again, the vocal performance is definitely that of an old soul. The messaging of the song definitely fits, with “Marshall” being about the lawyer, Thurgood Marshall, standing up for black rights and how he convinces his co-counsel, Sam Friedman, to stand up as well and in doing so they save a man’s life. The song appears during the end credits of the film.

Common has won before, alongside John Legend, for their work on “Selma.” That was a little bit of a different year, seeing as many believed “Selma” would be a powerhouse at the Oscars and it ended up with only two nominations. That spawned the “Oscars So White” movement. This is also Diane Warren’s ninth nomination with zero wins, so she is definitely due. I would not be mad if this were the song she won for. “The Greatest Showman” cleaned up at the Golden Globes, being the same writers of the winning “City Of Stars” from “La La Land.” “Coco” could also be a formidable opponent in this category. But thus far, “Marshall” sets the bar high.

Here are the lyrics:

You can have all the money in your hands
All the possessions anyone can ever have
But it’s all worthless treasure, true worth is only measured
Not by what you got, but what you got in your heart

You can have, you can have everything
What does it, what does it mean?
It all means nothing
If you don’t stand up for something

You can’t just talk the talk
You got to walk that walk, yes you do
It all means nothing
If you don’t stand up for something
And I stand up for you
And I stand up for you, yes I will, yes I will

You do the best that, do the best that you can do
Then you can look in the mirror
Proud of who’s looking back at you
Define the life you’re living

Not by what you take or what you’re givin’
And if you bet on love there’s no way you’ll ever lose
Take a stand, make a stand for what’s right
It’s always worth, always worth the fight

It all means nothing
If you don’t stand up for something
You can’t just talk the talk
You got to walk that walk, yes you do

It all means nothing
If you don’t stand up for something
And I stand up for you
Stand for respect, dignity

If that’s all you got, then you got all you need
And without that, you don’t have a thing, oh, no, no
Rise up, love, lift your hands
I stand with you ’cause I understand

Ain’t here to judge, just to take a stand
The greater plan’s the Creator’s plan
Let’s all rise like the day began
Reach out and touch with the Savior’s hand

On rock, we stand like this native land
Let the ways of love be the ways of man
And it all means nothing
If you don’t stand for something

You can’t just talk the talk
You got to walk that walk, yes you do
It all means nothing
If you don’t stand up for something

And I stand up for you (stand up, stand for you)
I stand up for you (stand up)
And I stand up for you (stand up, stand for you)
Stand up for you, yes I will, yes I will (stand up)


PREVIOUS NOMINATIONS

LONNIE R. LYNN
YEAR FILM AWARD CATEGORY SONG
2014 (87th) “Selma” Won Best Original Song “Glory”
DIANE WARREN
YEAR FILM AWARD CATEGORY SONG
1987 (60th) “Mannequin” Nominated Best Original Song “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”
1996 (69th) “Up Close And Personal” Nominated Best Original Song “Because You Loved Me”
1997 (70th) “Con Air” Nominated Best Original Song “How Do I Live”
1998 (71st) “Armageddon” Nominated Best Original Song “I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing”
1999 (72nd) “Music Of The Heart” Nominated Best Original Song “Music Of My Heart”
2001 (74th) “Pearl Harbor” Nominated Best Original Song “There You’ll Be”
2014 (87th) “Beyond The Lights” Nominated Best Original Song “Grateful”
2015 (88th) “The Hunting Ground” Nominated Best Original Song “Til It Happens To You”



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February 5th, 2018

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