Give Your Baby A Standing Ovation
The Dells Lyrics


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Thank you very much
Ladies and gentlemen
You know, we're mighty
Glad to be here today

And although we're
The stars of the show
We know that that


Ain't all there is to it

Because behind every star
As behind every great man
There is a woman

And I want to tell you out there
That if you are a man
You've got a woman

And I think you should take
A little time out to salute that woman
And give that woman a
Great big round of applause

There's a lot of plastic faces of every kind
And as you walk around the stage of life
Don't it kind of make you feel proud

You know no matter what the problems
There's one who understands
And you can rest assured, feel secure
She'll make you her only man

Give your baby a standing ovation
And she's sure to give a hand to you
Oh, give your baby a standing ovation
And she's sure to give a hand to you

When you can't get no satisfaction
And your world is full of gloom
She gives you strength and confidence
When she walks into the room

From the roar of a thousand voices
Comes a sound you've learned to know
When she calls your name
You can't feel no pain
You gotta smile and a standing O

Give your baby a standing ovation
And she's sure to give a hand to you
Oh, give your baby a standing ovation
And she's sure to give a hand to you

Stand up and give a hand
Stand up and give a hand
Stand up and give your lady a standing
Standing ovation, standing ovation

You know no matter what the problems
There's one who understands
And you can rest assured, feel secure
She'll make you her only man

So give your baby
Baby, baby, a standing ovation
And she's sure to give a hand to you

I don't know about you
But I'm gonna give my baby
A standing ovation
And she's sure to give a hand to you

Stand up and give your baby

A standing ovation
And she's sure to give a hand to you

Overall Meaning

The Dells's "Give Your Baby A Standing Ovation" is a passionate tribute to the women who support and stand by the men in their lives. The song opens with an acknowledgment that although the band might be the stars of the show, they recognize that it wouldn't be possible without the women who stood by them. The lead singer, Marvin Junior, urges men to take a moment to acknowledge the women in their lives and gives them permission to give their women a standing ovation. The lyrics describe a deep appreciation for the love and support that women offer and how they can give men the strength and confidence to face the world. The song's chorus repeats the suggestion to give a standing ovation to one's significant other, underlining the theme of appreciation and gratitude that runs through the track.


The song continues with descriptions of what the women in their lives mean to them. The lyrics highlight the role of women in providing stability and understanding, even in the toughest of circumstances. "When you can't get no satisfaction, and your world is full of gloom," the lyrics note, "she gives you strength and confidence, when she walks into the room." From there, the lyrics celebrate the power of the woman's voice, likening it to the roar of the crowd. When she calls your name, the singer explains, "you can't feel no pain," and the whole world seems to give you a standing ovation.


"Give Your Baby A Standing Ovation" is a heartfelt and impassioned song that speaks to the deep appreciation that men have for the women in their lives. It's a call to recognize all of the support and love that women offer, even when it's not obvious, and to give them the recognition they deserve. The repeated suggestion of a standing ovation feels like a fitting way to honor the women who stand by us and offer us strength and support in the face of life's challenges.


Line by Line Meaning

Thank you very much
The Dells express gratitude to the audience for being there


Ladies and gentlemen
The Dells address the audience in a formal and polite manner


You know, we're mighty
The Dells feel confident and powerful


Glad to be here today
The Dells express their happiness for being at the venue


And although we're
The Dells admit to being the center of attention


The stars of the show
The Dells acknowledge their elevated status in the concert


We know that that
The Dells acknowledge the importance of others in their success


Ain't all there is to it
The Dells recognize the role of others in their success and accomplishments


Because behind every star
The Dells recognize the importance of those who provide support


As behind every great man
The Dells draw a comparison between successful men and stars


There is a woman
The Dells point out the role of women in providing support to men


And I want to tell you out there
The Dells address the audience and express their desire to share a message with them


That if you are a man
The Dells address men directly


You've got a woman
The Dells remind men that women play an important role in their lives


And I think you should take
The Dells advise men to do something


A little time out to salute that woman
The Dells suggest men take a moment to appreciate and acknowledge the role of women in their lives


And give that woman a
The Dells encourage men to take action


Great big round of applause
The Dells suggest that men should show appreciation to the women in their lives


There's a lot of plastic faces of every kind
The Dells observe the presence of superficial people around us


And as you walk around the stage of life
The Dells use a metaphor to describe life as a stage


Don't it kind of make you feel proud
The Dells ask a rhetorical question to suggest that we should feel proud of ourselves


You know no matter what the problems
The Dells note that problems are part of life


There's one who understands
The Dells suggest that there are people who can sympathize with us


And you can rest assured, feel secure
The Dells suggest that we can feel safe and comfortable with these people


She'll make you her only man
The Dells suggest that women can make men feel special and loved


Give your baby a standing ovation
The Dells encourage men to show appreciation to the women in their lives


And she's sure to give a hand to you
The Dells suggest that appreciating women can have positive outcomes


When you can't get no satisfaction
The Dells describe a situation where a person is unhappy


And your world is full of gloom
The Dells use a metaphor to describe a dismal situation


She gives you strength and confidence
The Dells suggest that women can provide emotional support


When she walks into the room
The Dells suggest that women have a positive effect on men


From the roar of a thousand voices
The Dells use hyperbole to describe a loud sound


Comes a sound you've learned to know
The Dells use a metaphor to describe a familiar sound


When she calls your name
The Dells suggest that hearing your name being called has a positive impact


You can't feel no pain
The Dells use a double-negative to suggest that hearing your name called by a woman who cares about you is a joyful experience


You gotta smile and a standing O
The Dells use a figure of speech to describe a positive reaction to a woman calling your name


Stand up and give a hand
The Dells encourage men to show appreciation to women


Stand up and give your lady a standing
The Dells suggest men show appreciation to their significant others


Standing ovation, standing ovation
The Dells encourage men to show great appreciation to women


So give your baby
The Dells reiterate their message about showing appreciation to women


Baby, baby, a standing ovation
The Dells use repetition to emphasize the importance of the message


And she's sure to give a hand to you
The Dells suggest that showing appreciation to your partner can have positive results


I don't know about you
The Dells ask a rhetorical question to show that their message is universal


But I'm gonna give my baby
The Dells show that they practice what they preach


A standing ovation
The Dells emphasize the importance of showing appreciation


And she's sure to give a hand to you
The Dells suggest that appreciation leads to positive outcomes


Stand up and give your baby
The Dells reiterate their message about showing appreciation


A standing ovation
The Dells suggest that showing appreciation is important


And she's sure to give a hand to you
The Dells suggest that showing appreciation leads to positive outcomes




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: SR., HENRY WILLIAMS, MARVIN EARL JOHNSON

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BA Jackson King

Give Your Baby a Standing Ovation by The Dells
Thank you very much
Ladies and gentlemen
You know, we're mighty
Glad to be here today

And although we're
The stars of the show
We know that that
Ain't all there is to it

Because behind every star
As behind every great man
There is a woman

And I want to tell you out there
That if you are a man
You've got a woman
And I think you should take
A little time out to salute that woman
And give that woman a
Great big round of applause

There's a lot of plastic faces of every kind
And as you walk around the stage of life
Don't it kind of make you feel proud

You know no matter what the problems
There's one who understands
And you can rest assured, feel secure
She'll make you her only man

Give your baby a standing ovation
And she's sure to give a hand to you
Oh, give your baby a standing ovation
And she's sure to give a hand to you

When you can't get no satisfaction
And your world is full of gloom
She gives you strength and confidence
When she walks into the room

From the roar of a thousand voices
Comes a sound you've learned to know
When she calls your name
You can't feel no pain
You gotta smile and a standing O
Give your baby a standing ovation
And she's sure to give a hand to you
Oh, give your baby a standing ovation
And she's sure to give a hand to you

Stand up and give a hand
Stand up and give a hand
Stand up and give your lady a standing
Standing ovation, standing ovation

You know no matter what the problems
There's one who understands
And you can rest assured, feel secure
She'll make you her only man

So give your baby
Baby, baby, a standing ovation
And she's sure to give a hand to you

I don't know about you
But I'm gonna give my baby
A standing ovation
And she's sure to give a hand to you

Stand up and give your baby
A standing ovation
And she's sure to give a hand to you!



All comments from YouTube:

Trevor David

One of the Greatest Songs ever written and sung. LOVE this song.

Liz Stephens

It won't ever be nothing else like this type of music.it grabs the body soul and mid.

Ralph Martin

I remember going to their concert here in Baltimore.  I gave the lady with me a standing ovation because she deserved it and I was grateful that she wanted to be with me.  Truly, a beautiful person!

calvinacb1

Geez Ralph you're old🤭

Tracy Thomas

Same thing happened to me in another state.

Ralph Martin

Patricia Robertson, truly a beautiful lady, will always have my heart!  She was with me at there concert and she deserved a standing ovation.

Daddyman G

Music from an era when it was common for people to be trustworthy and real.

gwendolyn smith

Give them a standing ovation👍!!!❤️❤️❤️💕✋Stand up give my Dells a standing ovation, power💥houses!!🎤

Denise Johnson

Some of the best voices in music

marvin harden

I give my HANDS to all women...they r still the backbone in a good man

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