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Stand By Me


by Ben E. King

 
"Stand By Me" by Ben E. King is an iconic song that has touched the hearts of millions worldeide since its release in 1961. This timeless classic was written by Ben E. King alongside the legendary songwriting duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller​​​​. The song emerged during a period when King was transitioning from The Drifters to a solo career, and it was initially intended for The Drifters, who ultimately did not record it​​​​. The inspiration for "Stand By Me" is multifaceted. The title and core message draw from a soiritual song and a gospel hymn, reflecting themes of support, loyalty, and the power of friendship. It suggests a universal message of standing by one another through life's trials and tribulations, resonating deeply with listeners across different generations​​​​. The song also derives some of its lyrics from Psalm 46, emphasizing the theme of steadfast support amidst life's metaphorical storms​​. Upon its release, "Stand By Me" achieved significant chart success, reaching the top 10 in the US and later achieving the number one spot in the UK charts in 1987, following its feature in the movie of the same name and a Levi's jeans advertisement​​​​. Its enduring appeal is evident in the numerous covers by various artists, spanning genres and decades, from John Lennon to Florence + The Machine​​. "Stand By Me" has not only become a wedding favorite but also a song of significant cultural moments, notably performed at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding. Its message of unity and support continues to inspire and uplift, making it a song that stands the test of time​​.

Stand By Me Song Lyrics

Stand By Me by Ben E. King


When the night has come, and the land is dark
And the moon is the only light we will see
No, I won't be afraid, oh, I won't be afraid
Just as long as you stand, stand by me
So darlin', darlin' stand by me
Oh stand by me
Oh stand, stand by me, stand by me

If the sky that we look upon should tumble and fall
Or the mountain should crumble to the sea
I won't cry, I won't cry, no, I won't she'd a tear
Just as long as you stand, stand by me
And darlin', darlin' stand by me
Oh stand by me
Whoa stand now, stand by me, stand by me
*Solo*

And darlin', darlin' stand by me
Oh stand by me
Oh stand now, stand by me, stand by me

Whenever you're in trouble won't you stand by me
Oh stand by me
Whoa stand now, oh stand, stand by me...

Whenever you're in trouble won't you stand by me
Oh stand by me
Whoa stand now, oh stand, stand by me...
*fade*



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