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Single Review: Destiny’s Child’s “Stand Up For Love”

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Destiny’s Child envision a utopia where children never die and every adult is responsible in the cultish “Stand Up For Love.”

A sactimonious piano and strings open the single, setting a moralizing tone. Beyonce says that after watching the news, she lies awake in her bed. She thinks of how screwed the world has become. She looks through the paper and sees the adoption section. A smiling child is featured with the headline “Johnny loves to read.” She holds the child close to her heart as though the youngster were family. But only for a few seconds.

“There are times I find it hard to sleep at night / We are living through such troubled times / And every child that reaches out for someone to hold / For one moment they become my own.”

In the pre-chorus, she starts to wonder about the children who are being abused or killed at an alarming rate. The stories she reads are neverending.

“And how can I pretend that I don’t know what’s going on? / When every second with every minute another soul is gone.”

In the chorus, she thinks there will be an end to class-structured society. Despite their income, everyone will be taken care of equally. She urges people to assemble together to demand a better, more positive society.

“And I believe that in my life I will see / An end to hopelessness / Of giving up / Of suffering / Then we all stand together this one time / Then no one will get left behind / And stand up for life / Stand up for love.”

Kelly Rowland has the second verse. She says small things, like seeing adults take the time to mentor children, keep her optimistic. It’s going to take a while, but the world will be good again.

“I’m inspired and hopeful each and every day / That’s how I know that things are gonna change.”

Rowland sings the pre-chorus and chorus.

The strings are fanatical in the bridge. Michelle Williams says that people are lemmings. If one influential person deems saving the world cool, everyone will go along with it blindly. She says the people whose deaths do not get covered by the papers and those who are neglected by their families will have their chance.

“And it all starts right here / And it starts right now / One person stand up / And the rest will follow / For all the forgotten / For all the unloved / I’m gonna sing this song.”

She sings solo with the piano for the pre-chorus.

Beyonce, Rowland, and Williams sing together for the chorus. Williams somehow is able to sing a few lyrics of her own in the chorus.

“If we all stand together this one time / Then no one will get left behind / Stand up for life / Stand up and sing / Stand up for love / For love /For love.”

“Stand Up For Love” is based on the idea that people all care and are without prejudice. The women of Destiny’s Child are obsessive in their mission, treating it as their religion. However, they are also self-righteous. They perceive themselves as being perfect and expect people to feel as strongly as they do. If they don’t, they will find someone to break the unbelieving person down. Their approach is scary, to say the least.

Even at the bitter end, the Destiny’s Child hierachy is firmly in place. Beyonce is first and gets the most lyrics, Kelly is next (but is given less to do than usual) and Michelle gets the scraps. Rowland, the most talented of the group, is able to salvage her section a bit. She is able to reach her notes without straining (like Williams) She also uses another part of her voice and is heartfelt in her delivery.

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  • JAY

    HATER!!!!!

  • rory

    i think ur being really harsh. it is a wonderfull song and michelle does not strain,
    and beyonce has the best voice thats why she’s $100 million richer!

  • maleyah

    i luv that song it is so pretty i makes me want to get back with my old boyfriend he is so ssssssseeeeexxxxxxxxxxyyyyyyyyyy

  • maleyah

    oh sorry hi jay -n- roy roy

  • Chante

    i think that song is a good song 2 sing and as it is there last song before breaking they did well and its a good song to listen 2 to sit down and cry.

  • MALEYAH

    I LUV THAT SONG IT HAS NOW BEEN PUT ON MY FAVORITE SONG LIST

  • maleyah

    gues who my new boyfriend is………………. jay ……………… syke i dont even know his last name
    how old r u

  • donna

    well gid man

  • Summer

    this is the saddest song i have ever heard i heard it on the radio today and cried my eyes out. i love destiny’s child and this song is now one of my favourites!

    P.S Michelle does not strain her voice why does everyone put her down more than the other 2, if you havent noticed shes my favourite!

  • clueless

    da song os WHACK but i fink its a little unfair to tear down message chill out man. Having said that the song is pure cheese and they a such a hatable group of women its sad to watch really. And I agree Kelly sings from the heart but B is vocally stronger. Its unfair how they have made the other 2 members back up singers.

  • Ninoshka

    HEY I LOVE THIS SONG IT MAKES ME SADD AND I JUST FEEL LIKE LETTIN SOME FEELINGS OUT BUT I DONT SOO

  • kim

    I think that the song is great . I love all there music and they should keep up the good work.

  • http://2.12.05 TOLU

    THEY R SO GUD AND I LUV THEM
    DC 4 LIFE NO MATTER WAT

  • http://6.02 TOLU

    HEY MY NAME IS TOLU VAEGA AND I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT DC IS THE NO1 BAND IN DAS WORLD I HAV BEEN A BIG FAN OF THEN EVER SINCE THEY STARTED …I LKUV U DC
    DC4LIFE
    ALL DA WAYZZ

    IA MANUIA O TOU DC IA E OLA I LE MANUIA
    IA E LELEI I LE FUTURE
    FA

  • Ionaz

    Hey man dont mock michelle i rekon she sings really gud in dis song she jus has a different voice range (so many haters) luv u heaps michelle dont worri bout wot dey say bout u gurl jus keep doin ur thang i luv michelles gosphel song on her album “Do You Know” called Love Thang man dat song is a sweet song its madd, i luv b and kellz and u 2 chellz u gurlz rock BIG TYM plz dont break up ur da bomb ass group out

    Luv ur fan Ionaz

  • angela

    omg i luv this song i listen to it alll the time it is my favorite song

  • coral

    how in hell could u even begin to say dat kelly is da most talented in da group. shes a heavy singer but she can not touch beyonce, da way she sings ‘love’ at da end of the song was beautifull. kelly has neva managed to pull sumink of like dat and isnt creative enough. the reason beyonce is da always singing da most is cus shes da main singer and da contract dey all signed said she should be seen and heard 70% of the time. kelly and michelle signed it so dey have to deal wid it simple.
    oh and michelle is a shit singer.

  • Michandra

    I like this song. It’s a very beautifull song. What I don’t like is that Beyonce has always sing everything. The group is not Beyonce and the Destiny’s Child it is the Destiny’s Child. Remember that, Beyonce’s lovers.

  • reggie

    “…Rowland, the most talented of the group…”?!?!?!!!

    Perhaps we are listening to different Destiny’s childs.

    I’ve been listening to them ever since they were teenagers and I’d say that Beyonce and Michelle have better voices than Kelly, in that order. Its kelly who strains and hits the high notes with difficulty.

    Personally, although Michelle is usually given the scraps, as you say (lol), her voice stood out in this one as the best.

    Whenever i watch the video on yahoo music, i consider Beyonce’s and Kelly’s parts as commercials to Michelle’s solo.

    She really outdid herself in this one!

  • sara

    i love this song.it is the most beautiful,sweet song iv ever herd. im really mad they broke up. hope ther thinking of getting back together. DC4LIFE .keep up the good work.

  • sara

    i love this song.it is the most beautiful,sweet song iv ever herd. im really mad they broke up. hope ther thinking of getting back together. DC4LIFE .keep up the good work.

  • http://Bee&Jay-Zforever Djuca

    This song is the best ever….When came just a little of that song i really fell so good…Beyonce,Kelly and Michel are the best singer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!DESTINY’S CHILD for ever

  • sophie

    iluv destiny’s child we all no beyonce iz a heavy singer if u dnt tink so watch fightin temptations at da end of da day if all of them had da sme voices da group will be crap michelle makes da group wicked by adding her soulful bit n kelly voice iz amazin in a different way she woz wicked in da song ‘dilemma’ which she sang wit nelly all deys galz hav natyral talent i dnt tink no group can touch destiny’s child dey r inspirationz 2 every1 n wen dey sing it liftz u up i hav 2 bigup michelle coz in stand up for love her voice woz gr8t dey all r so jst dnt say 1 iz if u listen u will notice dey all hav different voices n soundz good 2gether dnt split up i no every1 haz der favourrite people say kelly n michelle aint pretti dey hav natural beauty not every1 haz 2 look lyk beyonce even do shes pretti 2 luv u galz ur rck dnt spilt up ur heavy wen ur all 2gether its a gr8t mix of voices

  • shanice

    i tink michelle voice iz good on diz track
    dey r all wicked in many wayz wat ever1 needz 2 understand iz we all no beyonce iz pretti
    but da rest iz pretti 2 lyk kelli haz natural beauty i agree wit u sophie coz it’s true dey r pretti black galz n da voices wat can u say its soooooo amazzzing go dc4lyf

  • http://www.cloverpark.com.nz Destiny (A.K.A)Pink player

    My gosh I am your #1 fan And you are soooooooooo aaamazing
    anyway my n.0 is [Deleted in line with BC Comments Policy. Comments Editor.] so call me Oh yes and we lovvvvvvve you all hi kelly your house looks bad I saw it on crib in nz Hi michelle and beyonce ok BBBBBBBBBBBBBYYYYYYYYYyEEEEEEEEEEEEEEe

  • E.J

    i think the song is touching and tells the world that if they stand together just once they’ll see an end to suffering and one day the world might just do that, so i think your review is wrong because it shows us the truth of whats going on in the world, the truth should’nt be slated.

  • Manjuli

    Wow, that was harsh, I think whoever wrote this article misunderstood the message of the song. It isn’t cultish or self-rightous. Itdoes take one person, who has the courage, to try to make a difference, and other people, not as a cult, will follow their example I thought it was has very good message…kind of like the “United we Stand”, if we stand together things will change for the better.

  • kiarys (key-air-iz)

    God don’t like ugly. Whoever wrote this article should consider another profession. Instead of using this type of media to bash someone, you should really listen to what was said in the song. How cultish can it be if their message is about improving the world? We show can’t leave it to our “government leaders” to aknowledge what’s going on. Regardless of who sings the most, or who is out front– the issues they address are real. I say God bless them and anyone else who dreams and hopes for change in this corrupt world. True peace to everyone…worldwide. I beleive too, D.C. And it will happen by the grace of God.

  • http://Ant Shanell

    I think this was the best song they song an I loved It a lot and I just want them to know that me and 2 of my friends that are like sisters to me are song this song in the talent show and I have my most favorite singer out the group part. Which is Kelly.

  • robbie

    i think this is the best song. it gives a message to people that we should help aroung the world!! i think that it’s the most beautiful dong i’ve ever heard of. i’ve been listening to it over and over!!

  • jessica

    i think you should learn some manners because i think that if every one heard you sing they would scream out in horror!!!now that’s the truth.you r!!!!!!!!!

  • theresa roberson

    I THINK STAND UP FOR LOVE IS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SONGS I’VE EVER HEARD AND SANG BEAUTIFULLY BY ALL 3 YOUNG LADIE I SAY JOB WELL DONE DESTINY’S CHILD BEST WISHES

  • babythug

    dis song is so insiprational! it makes yu wana do da extreme… its so motivational.. but yet sad and touchin.. i think da message is delivered wif execellence.. dis song shuld win an oscar/grammy or som.. its a CLASSICAL…. DC touches heart.. and da critics is way too harsh… dey all can sing dats why da song is so inspirational and touching….

  • http://PEANUT SHANNON

    HI YALL I THINK THAT SONG WAS TOUCHING IT REALLY MADE ME THINK.I HOPE YALL MAKE MORE SONGS TOGETHER.I’M REALLY A BIG FAN,AND I HOPE I GET TO SEE YALL IN PERSON ONE DAY.I LOVE ALL YOUR VOICES,BUT BEYONCE,I REALLY LOVE YOURS.

  • Joe Rogers

    Classic example of those who can’t, critize. It’s a great song. Bye the way, when was your last release?

  • Deelab

    I totally agree with what reggie said, Michelle sounded the best on this track. It is like her voice/part took this song to a whole nother level. She really did out do her self. If they allowed her and kelly to sing like this on all tracks then the would have sold millions more…This song is very good thought….Michelle you my girl!!!

  • http://nassau anthonisha

    i think tat song is very meanful even if it is from the world it is really touchin to all i luv the voice the group its awesome

  • destiny

    this song is a pretty song and it is song for the lost of mississippi and new orleans thats what its about not about sitting down and cryin dumb ass

  • http://none daniel rex lilam

    i really love destineys child even im a filipino .i like all of them specially michelle williams,her voice is so great for me. her voice is unique and i cant explain why i love her personally.beyonce also is good and beautiful generally.she sings like an angel.about kelly,shes also good lyk the rest.she has different style and i love the way she moves.they are all the best for me.i hope their group will last for a lyftym.and i hope i could see them personally.

  • daniel

    this song is the best song ive ever heard.honestly it seems breaking my heart evrytime i see the threwe artists.they all sung beautifully and gorgeosly.

  • jayson

    im here coz i got interested in the song. beautiful i want to listen to it right now once more

  • i’rahnesia spears

    what with you in the home????do you to the day???
    do you the store in park???you are old years???
    do you in the school???do you have boyfriend???

  • Tasha

    The song is very touching and it is one of the best songs Destiny’s Child have every did and I think you are a hater and just mad because you probably can’t sang like they can and. Go do something useful instead of hating.

  • darseal brown

    i love that song that you have made check on it

  • http://www.myspace.com/applebottomz Faith

    i really love this song it gets stuff off my mind about my family and it’s really great to sing along with.

  • http://yahoo QT

    Some people are so rude. The writer of this article could not be more wrong. Michelle’s part in this song truly out shined Beyonce and Kelly. Who still both had good parts. The thing about DC is that you don’t hear the same voice, they are all different and that is why they sell millions. If they all had Beyonce’s voice the group would not work. Kelly and Micelle are not back-up singers they are members of the group. People make them back-up singers. The group is not titled Beyonce and DC, but DC who consist of Beyonce, Kelly, and Michelle. Vocally, Stand Up For Love is one of DC’s better songs.

  • precious

    I loved stand up for love when I hear it i sing along it makes me feel good about myself. And it makes me want to help all the people that is suffering. Michelle is my best singer in the group I dont care what anybody say about her because I know that she can sing.

  • tonique

    who ever wrote this article has a twisted mind! this song is phenomonal! and how dare you try to put them down just because you are a second rate reporter, you suck. It’s because of people like you that this world can not be made into a better place.
    PS Beyonce is much more talented!

  • http://www.myspace.com/ktua_babietrigger ktua cha

    hey thurr i like this song hehe it’s good muah tk toodles…

  • http://august29,2006 che

    hi im che in philiphines im the no1 fan of dc bee,kel,chelle the stand up for love is the best song in world and i sing stand up for love in our school im kelly my brother is beyonce my cousin is michelle im inspired when the people was clapping ther hands your no1 and i watch dc live in atlanta is soo verry great and good performance i love you ladies more concerts,album,movie,award
    che/kellyrowland and dc no1 idol love ya mwuah..

  • http://august302006 che

    hiiiiiiiiiiii i love dc3 is so good beyonce is verry good high notes michelle is verry good high notes and her feelings kelly is amazing i love her high notes on the of suffering then we should stand together this one time when no 1 will get left behind thats soo high and im singer too im doing kelly style of singing in school im kelly and my brother is beyonce my causin is michelle we are destiny’s child in philippines in malolos bulacan i love u all ladies igain che/kelly love ya

  • Thabisa Mseleni

    Who ever wrote this article is crazy anyway they all have different unique voices that are amazing.I don’t think Michelle gets the scraps cause in this song (and other ones) she has the best part yes i do agree that Kelly sings from the heart but so do the rest of them.
    From ur biggest fan

  • http://oct252006 che

    i dont care 2 u ur trying hard i dont care 2 u perioud. my no1 idol is dc3 i hate u

  • miley

    i love that song i sang that at my church and everbody loves the song

  • Jess

    i think michelle rocked on this one. notice how she always makes the most of the scraps she is given. talent im telling you. i love u michelle.

  • shawty

    wow i luv that song but Michelle dont really sound like hur butt any ways i luv u dc and i really hope u guys get back i mean whoo wouldnt and i they dont then screw dem lmao
    iight luv ya dc

    peace out

  • shawty

    heyy dc this is evette or shawty if u want um were doing a report bout yall and u no there aint alot of information so yeahh but i luv yall

    p.s anna and evette was here lmao

    iight we outtie

  • Jordan taylor

    I love Destiny’s Child so much, i miss them so much aswell. They will always be my favourite singers, they bought so much joy and entertainment to the music industry and im so proud of them for fulfilling their destiny. Beyonce, Michelle and Kelly are the most beautiful, the most talented singers in the world. There will never be another female group like them!!!! Actually there will never be any other singers like them they are absolutly amazing!
    And Stand Up For Love is such an amazing song!!There voices sound beautiful, like always.!

  • http://NI wee sammie

    This song is powerful…. it is the best song that i have heard in years especially coming from destiny’s child liek !!! it is amazing !!! beyonce is the best in it like !!!

  • Neelam

    I think this song is very interesting as its not just a song for fun theres also a hidden messsage. the lyrics a re gr8. keely has a got a great voice so has the rest buh i fink kellys ar beetr. the reason beyonece is richer maybe due to the fact that she’s with jay-z..michelle has a great voice. i think that she shud b given bigger parts in the group.

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