I'll Stand By You

Album: Blinded by the Light (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2019)

Songfacts®:

  • 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.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Martyn Ware of Heaven 17Songwriter Interviews

Martyn talks about producing Tina Turner, some Heaven 17 hits, and his work with the British Electric Foundation.

Donnie Iris (Ah! Leah!, The Rapper)Songwriter Interviews

Before "Rap" was a form of music, it was something guys did to pick up girls in nightclubs. Donnie talks about "The Rapper" and reveals the identity of Leah.

80s Music Quiz 1Music Quiz

MTV, a popular TV theme song and Madonna all show up in this '80s music quiz.

Mike Love of The Beach BoysSongwriter Interviews

The lead singer/lyricist of The Beach Boys talks about coming up with the words for "Good Vibrations," "Fun, Fun, Fun," "Kokomo" and other classic songs.

Mike CampbellSongwriter Interviews

Mike is lead guitarist with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, and co-writer of classic songs like "Boys Of Summer," "Refugee" and "The Heart Of The Matter."

Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of WayneSongwriter Interviews

The guy who brought us "Stacy's Mom" also wrote the Jane Lynch Emmy song and Stephen Colbert's Christmas songs.