Get Up!

The Bird Sings Oral Tradition Song Library

Get Up!

This easy joy of a layer song is the 2019 community singing hit of my beloved songleader colleague, mentor and friend Barbara McAfee. She uses fantastic words of Angeles Arrien, “If your business is waking up the dead, get up! Today is a workday.” Then she mixes in another guy you might recognize.

Composer & Copyright

Original song by Barbara McAfee with words by Angeles Arrien and song snippet from Bob Marley. Recorded by Lisa G. Littlebird and shared with permission from Barbara.



If your business is waking up the dead

Get up! Get up! Get up! Today is a workday

Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights
Get up, stand up, don’t give up the fight

Teaching Notes

The bass line of this song takes a minute to grasp as it has some nuance to it. From there, the song is an easy teach and easy joy. Both Barbara and I tend to teach the first parts and then bring in the Bob Marley part at the end as a surprise while the song is going, as the line is well familiar to most.


Level of teaching speed/ difficulty (1 = very easy, 10 = very challenging)

  • alison

    love this so much.

  • Martha Barker

    Can’t wait to see where this goes and can I still keep up at my advanced ae.

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