Bruce Springsteen originally wrote this melodic ballad for the 2001 movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, but it was never used. The public finally got to hear the song when it was included on the soundtrack of the 2019 Boss-inspired film Blinded By The Light.
When Simon Mayo of the BBC asked Springsteen why it wasn't used in the Harry Potter movie, he replied, "You'd have to ask them." Springsteen added that "I'll Stand By You" is a "big ballad" that he wrote for his eldest son. "(It's) very uncharacteristic of something I'd sing myself," he said. "At some point I'd like to get it into a children's movie of some sort."
Blinded By The Light tells the true coming-of-age story of a Pakistani Muslim teenager living in 1980s England whose life is changed after he discovers the music of Springsteen. The Boss allowed 12 of his songs to be used on the soundtrack, including this previously unreleased track.
Bruce Springsteen's eldest son, Evan, would have been 10 or 11 years old when his father wrote this song for him.