Wednesday, December 21, 2011

John Lennon: Stand By Me (II)




Written by: Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
Recorded: 1974
Released: March 10, 1975
Album: Rock 'N Roll
Label: Apple Records

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The song is obviously and unequivocally about human relationships, about love, loyalty and devotion to a person. But in my estimation, and I might be stretching it a bit, it can also stand for love or devotion to an idea or an ideal, in this case democracy and human liberty and the causes that lead to peace—all universal ideas. You can also listen to the original Ben E. King version here, and a more recent one here, from the 1987 Montreux Jazz Festival  here, which has a different sense, but is equally wonderful in its emotional interpretation of the human experience.

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Stand By Me is a single from the album, Rock 'n Roll, 1975
Source: Wikipedia
Stand by Me
by Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller

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

And darling, darling stand by me
Oh, now, now, stand by me
Stand by me, stand by me

If the sky that we look upon
Should tumble and fall
And the mountain should crumble to the sea
I won't cry, I won't cry
No I won't shed a tear
Just as long as you stand, stand by me

And darling, darling stand by me
Oh, stand by me
Stand by me, stand by me, stand by me

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

Darling, darling stand by me
Stand by me
Oh stand by me, stand by me, stand by me

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This song was originally posted here on November 11, 2010. It is reposted today with additional commentary.