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Country Rewind: Mel McDaniel's 'Stand Up' Takes Courting to Court

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Mel McDaniel's' hits in the 1980s go well beyond "Louisiana Saturday Night." The Oklahoma native's unsung Capitol Records singles include "Stand Up," one of the funnier country songs about maneuvering your local dating scene.

A little over six months after the February 1985 release of his Let It Roll album, which featured both "Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On" and "Let It Roll (Let It Rock)," came Stand Up and its three underrated singles: its title track, "Shoe String" and "Doctor's Orders."

"Stand Up" was co-written by Bruce Channel, Ricky Ray Rector and Sonny Throckmorton. Despite cracking the top five in both the U.S. and Canada, the song is best known now for a hilarious music video starring Hee Haw actor and comedian Gailard Sartain.

'Stand Up' Lyrics:

Ever had a hot date, one of those can't wait
Things go a little too far
In the middle of a good night have you ever got right
In the back seat of your car?

I said, stand up, have you ever been there?
Stand up, identify
Stand up, tell us all about it
Stand up, testify

Ever met a woman, late night roamin'
Party 'til your money was gone
A smiling Mona Lisa, loaded up your Visa
And took a bartender home

I said, stand up if you ever been there
Stand up, identify
Stand up, tell us all about it
Stand up, testify

Thought I was a He-Man, do it just for me, man
Knew just what to do
Thought I was a hero, she rated me a zero
Said, "Honey, child you ain't through"

I said, stand up, have you ever been there?
Stand up, identify
Stand up, tell us all about it
Stand up, testify

Stand up, have you ever been there?
Stand up, identify
Stand up, tell us all about it
Stand up, testify

Stand up if you ever been there
Stand up, identify
Stand up, tell us all about it
Stand up, y'all testify

Stand up

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Country Rewind: Mel McDaniel's 'Stand Up' Takes Courting to Court