Who's Gonna Stand Up

Album: Storytone (2014)
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • This six-minute environmental call-to-arms finds Young crying foul of corporate greed and pleading to end the world's dependence of fossil fuels. It was spurred by several viewings of the documentary Under The Influence, which is about corporations' influence on government.
  • The song was originally performed at Crazy Horse's UK shows during the summer of 2014 and as part of Young's solo acoustic set at Farm Aid in Raleigh, North Carolina on September 13th.
  • Young laid down four separate versions of the song. The first one released was a fierce live rendition with Crazy Horse recorded in July 2014 during a show in Liverpool, England.
  • The video features a version recorded by Young with a 92-piece orchestra. Disturbing images of pollution are shown on the screens above the classical musicians.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Michael Bolton

Michael BoltonSongwriter Interviews

Into the vaults for this talk with Bolton from the '80s when he was a focused on writing songs for other artists.

The Girl in That Song

The Girl in That SongFact or Fiction

Billie Jean, Delilah, Sara, Laura and Sharona - do you know who the girls in the songs really are?

Actors With Hit Songs

Actors With Hit SongsMusic Quiz

Many actors have attempted music, but only a few have managed a hit. Do you know which of these thespians charted?

Glen Burtnik

Glen BurtnikSongwriter Interviews

On Glen's résumé: hit songwriter, Facebook dominator, and member of Styx.

Brian Kehew: The Man Behind The Remasters

Brian Kehew: The Man Behind The RemastersSong Writing

Brian has unearthed outtakes by Fleetwood Mac, Aretha Franklin, Elvis Costello and hundreds of other artists for reissues. Here's how he does it.

Michelle Branch

Michelle BranchSongwriter Interviews

Michelle Branch talks about "Everywhere," "The Game Of Love," and her run-in with a Christian broadcasting network.