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February 20, 2007

Song of the Week: Stand Back Up

The Pax Plena song of the week comes from the country music group Sugarland and is titled Stand Back Up.

There's no need for deep analysis with this one, folks. The message of the song is simple and profound: sometimes life throws an unexpected punch or two and there's nothing one can do to avoid the impact or pain.

But the song reminds us that our inner temerity and determination are enough to get us through the darkness of any situation and indeed we can do all things through the Source of our strength. Whether you are dealing with a seasonal affective disorder (believe it or not, a real malady) or if you're just going through a rough spot, Sugarland's ballad is sure to inspire.

Musically, the song is as simple as its message. It is played with a clear, lone acoustic guitar. The sound becomes haunting in places as the strumming drives home the melody at just the right points. The lyrics are superbly delivered and the singer's voice couldn't be better. It is almost a performance of necessity-any weakness in the singer's voice would ultimately destroy the message of the song. Sugarland more than overcomes any such deficiency.



Stand Back Up

Go ahead and take your best shot
Let 'er rip, give it all you've got
I'm laid out on the floor, but I've been here before
I may stumble, yeah I might fall
I'm only human but aren't we all
I might lose my way, but hear me when I say

I will stand back up
You'll know just the moment when I've have enough
Sometimes I'm afraid, and I dont feel that tough
But I'll stand back up

I've been beaten up and bruised
I've been kicked right off my shoes
Been down on my knees more times than you'd believe
When the darkness tries to get me
There's a light that just won't let me
It might take my pride, and my tears may fill my eyes
But I'll stand back up

I've weathered all these stroms,
But I just turn them into wind, so I can fly
What don't kill you makes you stronger
When I take my last breath
Thats when I'll just give up

So, go ahead to take your best shot
Let 'er rip, give it all you've got
You might win this round but you can't keep me down

'Cause I'll stand back up
And you'll know just the moment when I've had enough
Sometimes I'm afraid and I don't feel that tough
But I'll stand back up

You'll know just the moment when I've had enough
Sometimes I'm afraid and I don't feel that tough
But I'll stand back up
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