I Can't Stand Up for Falling Down

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"I Can't Stand Up for Falling Down"
Single by Elvis Costello and the Attractions
from the album Get Happy
B-side "Girls Talk"
Released March 1980
Format 7" single
Recorded 1979
Genre New wave, ska
Length 2:05
Label F-Beat (UK)
Columbia (USA)
Writer(s) Homer Banks and Allen Jones
Producer(s) Nick Lowe
Elvis Costello and the Attractions singles chronology
"Accidents Will Happen"
"I Can't Stand Up for Falling Down"
"High Fidelity"

"I Can't Stand Up for Falling Down" is a song by Sam & Dave released in 1967,[1] written by Homer Banks and Allen Jones.

British musician Elvis Costello covered the song in 1980 for his album Get Happy!!. It was one of three singles taken from the album in the UK and peaked at number 4 in the UK Singles Chart.[2] It was supposed to be released on the 2 Tone Records label in the UK, but even though copies were pressed, contractual difficulties eventually halted its release on that label. The single was eventually released on F-Beat Records, accredited to Elvis Costello and the Attractions.[2]

Cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ "Soothe Me / I Can't Stand Up (For Falling Down) by Sam & Dave (Single, Soul): Reviews, Ratings, Credits, Song list". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  2. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 122–3. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.