AC/DC – Can’t Stand Still

This is my contribution to Song Lyric Sunday for Jim Adams’s blog. This week’s prompt…Lean/Sit/Stand.

From their 2000 album, Stiff Upper Lip. The song never charted.

From ultimateclassicrock

On Feb. 28, 2000, almost exactly a quarter-century since the release of their Australia-only debut High VoltageAC/DC rocked back into action with Stiff Upper Lip. This 13th studio album proved once again that millenniums could come and go, but it would take a lot more than some silly Y2K hysteria to slow down this hard-rock institution.

In fact, that textbook AC/DC approach to blue-collar rock ‘n’ roll on steroids was never more in evidence than on Stiff Upper Lip. This was likely because, for the first time in 12 years and only the second time in 20, guitarists Malcolm and Angus Young were leaning on their elder brother George to handle production duties, just as he had (alongside longtime Easybeats partner Harry Vanda) for the group’s first handful of career-defining LPs back in the late ‘70s.

This decision to go back to the basics was not one taken lightly, but rather one specifically motivated by AC/DC’s dissatisfaction with producer Rick Rubin during the protracted Ballbreaker sessions five years earlier. Though it was hard to argue with the results, Rubin’s exacting perfectionism and snail-paced recording style simply rubbed singer Brian Johnson, bassist Cliff Williams, drummer Phil Rudd and especially the Young brothers the wrong way.

It’s therefore no wonder that reconnecting with George for Stiff Upper Lip brought forth some of Malcolm and Angus’ most direct, unencumbered and unembellished songwriting instincts. The dozen tracks they captured in a matter of weeks at Vancouver, Canada’s Warehouse Studios notably replaced unbridled bombast with unusual restraint that, in many ways, harked back to the band’s founding musical principles. Tellingly, Warehouse became AC/DC’s go-to recording studio thereafter.

Read More: How Brotherly Love Got AC/DC Back to Basics on ‘Stiff Upper Lip’ | https://ultimateclassicrock.com/ac-dc-stiff-upper-lip/?utm_source=tsmclip&utm_medium=referral

Can’t Stand Still

When I see a pretty woman
You know it gives me a thrill
And she’s a tailor made to order
You know I can’t stand still
And you won’t need a doctor
’cause it’ll cure all ills
And when I hear a noisy party
You know it gives me a chill
It gets me rockin’ and a rollin’
And I can’t stand still
From morning ’till midnight
You know I can’t stand still
You know I can’t stand still
I can’t stand still
You know I can’t stand still
I can’t stand still
From morning ’till midnight
You know I can’t stand still, oh yeah
When it comes to sippin’ honey
You know I drink my fill
And I’ll be dancin’ on the water
You know I can’t stand still
From morning ’till midnight
You know I can’t stand still, oh yeah
You know I can’t stand still
I can’t stand still
I can’t stand still
You know I can’t stand still
From morning ’till midnight
You know I can’t stand still
You know I can’t stand still
I can’t stand still
Baby I can’t stand still
I just can’t stand still
From morning ’till midnight
You know I can’t
You know I can’t stand still
Thank you lads, thank you lads, thank you

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