You've Got To Stand For Something

Album: You've Got To Stand For Something (1990)

Songfacts®:

  • The lead single from Tippin's debut album, "You've Got To Stand For Something" was also his first chart entry, peaking at #6 on the Country chart. Tippin and Nashville songwriter Buddy Brock recalled the lessons they learned from their fathers, particularly standing up for what's right at all costs.

    You've got to stand for something or you'll fall for anything
    You've got to be your own man not a puppet on a string


    "My dad was my hero in life. Heck, man, if you listen to almost all Aaron Tippin songs, blue collar stuff, you know, that's my dad coming out of me, always," Tippin told Songfacts in 2016.
  • US soldiers serving in the Golf War adopted the song as a patriotic anthem, prompting comedian Bob Hope to invite Tippin on his renowned USO tour to entertain the troops.
  • Tippin told The Boot how this became his debut single: "Actually, [former Sony Music Nashville Chairman] Joe Galante chose it. As a matter of fact, we'd been running songs down, figuring out if we were going to put them on my album, and I came in one morning … and I went in to Joe's office to say, 'I've got a new song I'm gonna play for you,' and when he heard it, he said, 'That's gonna be the first single.' So, Joe's the one that actually picked it... He'd been doing this a lot of years. I thought, 'If he heard what he thought was a first hit, I probably better be smart enough to go along with it.'"

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