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NEW MUSIC: Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello and friends release “STAND UP”

In a charged response to both the outrage and solidarity rising from the national reckoning over police brutality and systemic racism, GRAMMY Award-winning musician & activist Tom Morello turned to a score of fellow artist comrades – Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds, producer The Bloody Beetroots and artist/activist Shea Diamond.

The result is “Stand Up,” a reflection of the diversity of people unifying against racism in this moment – available everywhere NOW on KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records. The searing track was co-written by Morello, Reynolds, Diamond, The Bloody Beetroots, Justin Tranter and Eren Cannata.

Dan Reynolds, Shea Diamond, Tom Morello, Bloody Beetroos. Photo-IGA publicty

All four artists will be donating 100% of their proceeds from “Stand Up” to the following organizations: NAACPKnow Your Rights CampSouthern Poverty Law Center, and the Marsha P. Johnson Institute – all of whom Morello hails “are doing great work combating racism, injustice, and police brutality.” KIDinaKORNER/Interscope will additionally donate an amount equal to the artists’ record royalties derived from streams of the track for a 3-year period.

  • The NAACP is the largest and most pre-eminent civil rights organization in the nation. Their mission is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.
  • Know Your Rights Camp works to advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities through education, self-empowerment, mass-mobilization and the creation of new systems that elevate the next generation of change leaders.
  • Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society.
  • The Marsha P. Johnson Institute protects and defends the human rights of Black transgender people by organizing, advocating, creating an intentional community to heal, developing transformative leadership, and promoting our collective power.

“I grew up in the tiny lily white, archly conservative town of Libertyville, Illinois,” said Morello. “When I was a kid, someone hung a noose in my family’s garage, there was occasional N-word calling, etc, etc. On June 6 of this year, there was a Black Lives Matter rally and march in that same town that drew over 1,000 people. It seems that the times, they are a’changin’. I was so inspired that night, I reached out to Dan from Imagine Dragons. The Bloody Beetroots and I had conjured a slamming track and within 24 hours Dan had sent back a completed vocal. We got Shea Diamond, a Black transgender woman with a long history of activism, on the track and the coalition was complete.”

“Stand Up” –Lyrics

Stand up

Cause you are standing for nothing

Just shut up

Cause your words mean nothing

 

Everyone is at each other’s throats

Everyone thinking that they know things that they don’t know

Everyone painting the third coat on the wall of belief

Send me relief

 

When I call the police will they just kill me?

Will they just kill you?

When I call the police will they just protect me cause I’m white skinned too?

 

Every time you talk the system knows

Everywhere you walk the cameras go

Everything I say you already know

Everything in state is about to blow

Way back before Jim Crow

 

When I call the police will they just kill me?

Will they just kill you?

When I call the police will they just protect me cause I’m white skinned too?

 

Stand up

Cause you are standing for nothing

 

Just shut up

Cause your words mean nothing

 

Everybody stares like I’m just my gender

But I’m a living soul with my own agenda

Tell me how you are the priest and the prosecution

Tell me how you have a God who loves executions

 

Corruption in the blue line ripples out

Eruption in the streets bring the few and proud

Attention when the knees fall to the ground

Silently loud

 

When I call the police will they just kill me?

Will they just kill you?

When you call the police would they just protect you cause you’re white skinned too?

 

Every day that passes I’m angrier

Every time the cops get a hall pass – build another barrier

Now it’s stereotypical

No I’m not cynical

Political hypocritical

 

Corruption in the blue line ripples out

Eruption in the streets bring the few and proud

Attention when the knees fall to the ground

Silently loud

 

Stand up

Cause you are standing for nothing

 

Just shut up

Cause your words mean nothing

 

If you walked a mile in my shoes

You’d probably take em off wouldn’t you

If you had to live in my truth

you’d probably tell a lie wouldn’t you

 

When I call the police will they just kill me?

Will they just kill you?

 

Stand up

Cause you stand for nothing

 

Nothing

You stand for nothing

 

Stand up

Cause you stand for nothing

 

Just shut up

Cause your words mean nothing

 

Stand up

Cause you stand for nothing

 

Just shut up

Cause your words mean nothing


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