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I'll Stand by You Always is an unreleased song written by American rock singer Bruce Springsteen for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

Background

Springsteen originally wrote the song for his oldest son, Evan Springsteen, between 1998 and 2001 after reading the Harry Potter books to his children. He offered the song to Chris Columbus, however, Warner Bros. rejected the song due to J. K. Rowling's contract stipulation that no commercial songs could be used in the Harry Potter films. A promotional CD was given to top executives at Columbia Records, with the song being titled "Song for Harry Potter."

In September or October 2001, Springsteen gave the song to Latin/Salsa artist Marc Anthony, who covered the song. It was promoted that the song would be included on Anthony's album, Mended, in 2002, however, "I'll Stand by You Always" was not included on the regular or special edition of the album. No explanation was given.

"I'll Stand by You Always" surfaced on the internet on February 10, 2017, after being kept top secret for 16 years.[1][2]

Lyrics

Two, three, four

You wake me in the night and your tears falling down, come let me dry them for you
I wish I could tell a story, chase away all those ghosts you've got inside of you
A story of heroes that fight on at any cost of a kingdom of love to be won or lost
We'll fight here together 'til victory is won, come take my hand 'til the morning comes
Just close your eyes

I'll stand by you always, always, always
I'll stand by you always, always, always

I know here in the dark tomorrow can seem so very far away
Here the ghosts and the goblins can rise from your dreams to steal your heart away
Together we'll chase those thieves that won't leave you alone out from under the bed,
Out from over our home
And when the light comes we'll laugh my love about the things that the night had us so frightened of
And until then

I'll stand by you always, always, always
I'll stand by you always, always, always

Now I know it can feel like you're slipping away, at night you'll get lost in that deep dark place
We'll let the night come and do what it may, together we'll find the courage, we'll find faith
Until you awake

I'll stand by you always, always, always
I'll stand by you always, always, always
I'll stand by you always
I'll stand by you always

I'll stand by you always, always, always
I'll stand by you always, always, always
I'll stand by you always, always, always
I'll stand by you always, always, always

Notes and references

  1. "I'll Stand by You Always". Springsteen Lyrics. Lebanese Tribute to Bruce Springsteen, 10 Feb. 2017. Web. 19 Feb. 2017.
  2. Leight, Elias. "Hear Bruce Springsteen's Unreleased 'Harry Potter' Song". Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone, 10 Feb. 2017. Web. 19 Feb. 2017.