Stand (R.E.M. song)
|Single by R.E.M.|
|from the album Green|
|B-side||"Memphis Train Blues"|
|Format||7" Single/12" Single/3" CD Single|
|Producer(s)||Scott Litt & R.E.M.|
|R.E.M. singles chronology|
"Stand" is a song by the American alternative rock band R.E.M., released as the second single from the album Green in 1989. The song quickly rose up the charts, peaking at number six on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming R.E.M.'s second top 10 hit in the United States. The song reached number 48 on the UK Singles Charts. The song reached number 16 in Canada.
The lyrics to "Stand" speak of finding direction in one's life ("Think about direction / Wonder why you haven't before"), and of doing more than only contemplating change or wishing for it ("If wishes were trees / The trees would be falling"). The speaker urges for the listener to "Stand" in his or her personal and professional lives and make changes.
Singer Michael Stipe has said of the song's origin that he and the other band members were discussing The Banana Splits, The Archies, The Monkees, and similar ’60s pop groups. “They threw these super bubblegummy songs at me, and I said, ‘I’ll raise you and see you one.’ And I wrote the most inane lyrics that I could possibly write. Now, it was a very intentional thing to do that. I really like most of those songs, in fact.”
"Stand" was used as the opening theme song to the early 1990s Fox comedy Get a Life, starring Chris Elliott. In keeping with the song's theme, the show concerned a 30-year old paperboy who is content to live at home with his parents and not seek direction.
7" Vinyl & Cassette single
- "Stand" – 3:10
- "Memphis Train Blues" – 1:38
12" Vinyl & 3" CD single
- "Stand" – 3:09
- "Memphis Train Blues" – 1:37
- "The Eleventh Untitled Song" – 3:56
Notes: The UK 3" cd single with the catalogue number W7577 CDX came in a leaf-shaped sleeve.
"The Eleventh Untitled Song" is an extended instrumental version of the closing (eleventh) unlisted (untitled) track from the album Green.
2nd issue – released later in 1989 with different cover art (a picture of the band on stage) in the UK instead of "Pop Song 89."
- "Stand" – 3:09
- "Pop Song 89" Acoustic – 2:56
- "Skin Tight" (Live Ohio Players cover, written by Jones, Pierce, Bonner, Middlebrooks) – 2:03
Note: live track recorded in Orlando, Florida 30 April 1989
|Canadian Hot 100||16|
|Irish Singles Chart||17|
|UK Singles Chart||48|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||6|
|U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks||1|
|U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks||1|
"Charlotte Anne" by Julian Cope
|Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
January 28 – February 4, 1989
"Dirty Blvd." by Lou Reed
"The Love in Your Eyes" by Eddie Money
|Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks number-one single
February 11, 1989
"Driven Out" by The Fixx