Burton Cummings: Stand Tall

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Stand Tall

Never been this blue
Never knew the meaning of a heartache
But then again, I never lost at love before
Somewhere down the road
Maybe all those years will find some meaning
I just can't think about her now or live them out
anymore

CHORUS: Stand tall
Don't you fall
For God sake don't go and do something foolish
All you're feeling right now is silly human pride

Oh stand tall
Don't you fall
Don't do something you might regret later
You're feeling it like everyone
It's silly human pride

Never lasted so long
Or through so much, or through so many
I just can't believe I could throw it all away
Sometimes late at night
When there is nothing here except my old piano
I'd almost give my hands to make you see my way

CHORUS: Stand tall
Don't you fall
Ah, for God sake, don't go do something foolish
All you are feeling right now is silly human pride
You got me down on your knees for you, mama

CHORUS: Stand tall
Don't you fall
Ah, don't do something you'll regret later
For feeling it like everyone
It's silly human pride

You got me falling again for you mama
Stand tall. Don't you fall
You got me falling again for the lady







songwriter: Burton Cummings

performed by: Burton Cummings

date released: 1978 by Burton Cummings

Winnipeg's contribution to Canadian rock music history was The Guess Who featuring lead vocalist and keyboardist, Burton Cummings. Also known as "The Voice", Cummings was born on December 31, 1947, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. When he was a child, he was already showing his musical ear by tinkling on a neighbour's piano without any formal training. The lessons came in his teens when he studied the piano and saxophone in addition to singing tenor in high school productions of Gilbert and Sullivan musicals.

By eighteen, Burton Cummings was ready to join Winnipeg's big name rock band, Chad Allen and The Expressions. Shortly after, Chad Allen left the group, and the band changed names to The Guess Who. Left behind were the two kingpins, Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman, to steer the band into enormous success and international fame. The Guess Who's "American Woman" rocked the world in 1970. Ironically,the song was not about a woman, but a protest against American military aggression and the draft.

Internal disagreement within The Guess Who splintered the band again into two groups: Bachman Turner Overdrive and The Guess Who led by Burton Cummings. Separately, both bands remained successful with the Canadian audience.

In 1976, Cummings left The Guess Who to pursue a solo career. He experimented with a piano-driven, plaintive ballad sound with songs such as "Stand Tall" and "I'm Scared". Singularly, he won more Juno Awards and his solid gold stature remained secure in the music industry.

Burton Cummings relocated to Los Angeles to jam with other international musicians such as Bette Midler and Leo Sayer not missing the cold Winnipeg winters at all. He reunited with Randy Bachman and The Guess Who in 1983 within a new, loosely-knit structure allowing both leads their individual careers.

In addition to many awards and honours, Burton Cummings and The Guess Who were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1987. Also, the members of The Guess Who were awarded honourary Doctors of Music by the University of Brandon in Manitoba.




















Stand Tall

Never been this blue
Never knew the meaning of a heartache
But then again, I never lost at love before
Somewhere down the road
Maybe all those years will find some meaning
I just can't think about her now or live them out
anymore

CHORUS: Stand tall
Don't you fall
For God sake don't go and do something foolish
All you're feeling right now is silly human pride

Oh stand tall
Don't you fall
Don't do something you might regret later
You're feeling it like everyone
It's silly human pride

Never lasted so long
Or through so much, or through so many
I just can't believe I could throw it all away
Sometimes late at night
When there is nothing here except my old piano
I'd almost give my hands to make you see my way

CHORUS: Stand tall
Don't you fall
Ah, for God sake, don't go do something foolish
All you are feeling right now is silly human pride
You got me down on your knees for you, mama

CHORUS: Stand tall
Don't you fall
Ah, don't do something you'll regret later
For feeling it like everyone
It's silly human pride

You got me falling again for you mama
Stand tall. Don't you fall
You got me falling again for the lady







songwriter: Burton Cummings

performed by: Burton Cummings

date released: 1978 by Burton Cummings

Winnipeg's contribution to Canadian rock music history was The Guess Who featuring lead vocalist and keyboardist, Burton Cummings. Also known as "The Voice", Cummings was born on December 31, 1947, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. When he was a child, he was already showing his musical ear by tinkling on a neighbour's piano without any formal training. The lessons came in his teens when he studied the piano and saxophone in addition to singing tenor in high school productions of Gilbert and Sullivan musicals.

By eighteen, Burton Cummings was ready to join Winnipeg's big name rock band, Chad Allen and The Expressions. Shortly after, Chad Allen left the group, and the band changed names to The Guess Who. Left behind were the two kingpins, Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman, to steer the band into enormous success and international fame. The Guess Who's "American Woman" rocked the world in 1970. Ironically,the song was not about a woman, but a protest against American military aggression and the draft.

Internal disagreement within The Guess Who splintered the band again into two groups: Bachman Turner Overdrive and The Guess Who led by Burton Cummings. Separately, both bands remained successful with the Canadian audience.

In 1976, Cummings left The Guess Who to pursue a solo career. He experimented with a piano-driven, plaintive ballad sound with songs such as "Stand Tall" and "I'm Scared". Singularly, he won more Juno Awards and his solid gold stature remained secure in the music industry.

Burton Cummings relocated to Los Angeles to jam with other international musicians such as Bette Midler and Leo Sayer not missing the cold Winnipeg winters at all. He reunited with Randy Bachman and The Guess Who in 1983 within a new, loosely-knit structure allowing both leads their individual careers.

In addition to many awards and honours, Burton Cummings and The Guess Who were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1987. Also, the members of The Guess Who were awarded honourary Doctors of Music by the University of Brandon in Manitoba.




















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Quiz #: 2880
After his departure from Winnipeg's The Guess Who, Burton Cummings went solo to record his hit, "Stand Tall".
Quiz by: Sharon Michiko Yoneda
Intermediate

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