I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down

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I'm the living result
I'm a man who's been hurt a little too much
And I've tasted the bitterness of my own tears
Sadness is all my lonely heart can feel

I can't stand up for falling down
I can't stand up for falling down

Simple though love is
Still it confused me
Why I'm not loved the way I should be
Now I've lived with heartaches
And I've roomed with fear
I've dealt with despair
And I've wrestled with tears

I can't stand up for falling down
I can't stand up for falling down

The vow that we made
You broke it in two
But that don't stop me from loving you

I can't stand up for falling down
I can't stand up for falling down

I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down
Written byHomer Banks & Alan Jones
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
Produced byNick Lowe
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedOctober 1979, Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum, Netherlands and/or Eden Studios, London
ReleasedJanuary 18, 1980
AlbumsGet Happy!!, 1980
SinglesI Can't Stand Up For Falling Down, 1980
High Fidelity (France), 1980
CollectionsAlmost New, 1982
The Best Of Elvis Costello & The Attractions, 1985
The Man (The Best Of Elvis Costello), 1985
The Very Best Of Elvis Costello & The Attractions, 1994
The Very Best Of Elvis Costello, 1999
Singles, Volume 1, 2003
The Best Of Elvis Costello The First 10 Years, 2007
Various Artists collectionsTime For Action: Best Of New Wave, 198x
New Wave Of The 80's, 1980
Modern Rockers, 1982
The Compact 2 Tone Story, 1993
The Best Of 2 Tone, 1993
Into The Eighties, 1995
Fantastic 80s!, 1998
Classic Rock 1980-1985, 1998
Now That's What I Call Music 1980 - The Millennium Series, 1999
The History Of Rockmusic: Pure Rock 1980, 1999
Mod & Beyond, 2002
The Best Pub Jukebox ...Ever!, 2004
The Greatest 80's Album, 2004
Ein Jahr Und Seine 20 Songs - 1980, 2005
Teenage Kicks Vol. 2: Going Underground, 2005
Howzat! The Unofficial England Cricket Album, 2005
New Wave Heroes, 2006
The Tiswas Album, 2009
PromosGet Happy!! (Promo Album), 1980
VideosThe Right Spectacle: The Very Best Of Elvis Costello - The Videos, 2005
Length2:05

First known performance:
December 10, 1979, Cannes, France
Last known performance:
2017
     (546 known performances)


Alternate versions

I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down (Alternate Version)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
Produced byGeoff Emerick from an original idea by Elvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedNovember 16, 1981, AIR Studios, London
ReleasedJuly 28, 2003
AlbumsGet Happy!! (Rhino/Edsel reissue), 2003
Length2:43
Get Happy!!GH album cover large.jpg

I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down singleI Can't Stand Up For Falling Down UK 7" single front sleeve.jpg

I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down singleI Can't Stand Up For Falling Down US 7" single front sleeve.jpg

Time For Action: Best Of New WaveTime For Action Best Of New Wave album cover.jpg

Almost NewAlmost New album cover.jpg

The Best Of Elvis Costello & The AttractionsBOEC album cover 200.jpg

The Man (The Best Of Elvis Costello)TMBOEC album cover 170.jpg

The Very Best Of Elvis Costello & The Attractions, 1994The Very Best Of Elvis Costello And The Attractions album cover.jpg

Into The EightiesInto The Eighties album cover.jpg

Now That's What I Call Music 1980 - The Millennium SeriesNow That's What I Call Music 1980 album cover.jpg

The Very Best Of Elvis Costello, 1999The Very Best Of Elvis Costello (2CD) album cover.jpg

Singles, Volume 1Singles Volume 1 album cover.jpg

The Best Pub Jukebox ...Ever!The Best Pub Jukebox Ever album cover.jpg

The Right Spectacle: The Very Best Of Elvis Costello - The VideosTRS dvd cover.jpg

The Best Of Elvis Costello The First 10 YearsThe Best Of Elvis Costello The First 10 Years album cover.jpg



Recordings by other artists

Sam & Dave  1967  b-side of Soothe Me single

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