The Wind Beneath My Wings

Album: Beaches Soundtrack (1988)
Charted: 5 1
  • It must have been cold there in my shadow
    To never have sunlight on your face
    You were content to let me shine
    That's your way
    You always walked a step behind

    So I was the one with all the glory
    While you were the one with all the strength
    A beautiful face without a name for so long
    A beautiful smile to hide the pain

    Did you ever know that you're my hero
    And everything I would like to be
    I can fly higher than an eagle
    For you are the wind beneath my wings

    It might have appeared to go unnoticed
    But I've got it all here in my heart
    I want you to know I know the truth
    Of course I know it
    I would be nothing without you

    Did you ever know that you're my hero
    You're everything I wish I could be
    I could fly higher than an eagle
    For you are the wind beneath my wings

    Did I ever tell you you're my hero?
    You're everything, everything I wish I could be
    Oh, and I, I can fly higher than an eagle
    For you are the wind beneath my wings

    ********************
    Original lyrics:

    It must have been cold there in my shadow
    To never have sunlight on your face
    You've been content to let me shine
    You always walked the step behind

    I was the one with all the glory
    While you were the one with all the strength
    Only a face without a name
    I never once heard you complain

    Did you every know that you're my hero?
    And everything I'd like to be
    I can fly higher than an eagle
    'Cause you are the wind beneath my wings

    It might have alleard to go unnoticed
    But I've got it all here in my heart
    I want you to know I know the truth
    I would be nothing without you

    did you ever know that you're my hero?
    And everything I'd like to be
    I can fly higher than an eagle
    'Cause you are the wind beneath my wings

    You are the wind beneath my wings

Comments: 19

  • Bobbi Marie from NjI love this song by Gary Morris. It was the first I had heard it, but I am sure other artist did a good job with it. It's the song that touches your heart. Thank you to all who recorded it. It's a beautiful song, let's keep it that way.
  • Staley from Dallas, TxIt's understandable that Gary Morris would dislike Bette Midler's version (and potentially vice versa), because they are very different arrangements. Lou Rawls had the first hit with it, and I like his best--it's much more upbeat and breezy. Morris did a very morose, somber styled take on the song, and Bette's is somewhere in between. Given the lyrics, there's not really a wrong or right.
  • Captain from Southampton , United KingdomThis song has to be the most mawkish and patronising ever written.
    I believe that anyone who has it dedicated to them would be acquitted by any jury if they chopped up the person who dedicated it to them.
    And I'm stunned that it doesn't appear to have happened yet.
  • Gary from Seattle, WaWho is Gary Morris??
  • Wendy from Shawano, WiThis is one of the prettiest songs I know. Too bad all the kerioke setups only have the Bette Midler bastardization--you can't even sing the original lyrics to it because the music's so stretched out for her babble-lyrics.
  • John from Brisbane, United StatesHe taught me and now I cant talk to him through this beautiful song.He was my best mentor.He died suddenly.
  • Sara from Silver Spring, MdSome sources claim Bette actually recorded this in the late 1970s and Barbra Streisand was the artist the song was written for but she left the studio!
  • Jan from Knoxville, TnI first heard this song when Lee Greenwood did it in the mid 80's while I was stationed at Dover AFB, DE. When I went to Iraklion AS, Crete, Greece, soon after that, he was the only USO tour that came over to us and he sang it along with 'God Bless the USA'. It is a touching song that can apply to anyone you admire. When we lost our Mother, who was an inspiration to many, my sisters and I had it played at her funeral, to show how much we thought of her. I've also heard it played at weddings. I've heard several versions of it. For anyone that doesn't like it, or think of someone (besides themselves), when this song is played, I can only feel sorry for, because they either think they are the center of the universe, or they had a sad life and can't move on . . .
    I only wish I had the voice of any of the artists that have sung it, but know better than to try it myself.
    Jan, Knoxville, TN
  • Anne from Dodge City, KsIf anyone ever started a song honoring me with the phrase, "must have been cold there in my shadow." I would stand up and leave. Who would even sing that???
  • John from Tacoma, WaIn 2001, Sonata Arctica recorded a heavy metal version of this song.
  • Jay from Mom, Ctoh my god this is probably my favorite song. Bette is the most talented woman in the world and her vocal take on this song never leaves me without a tear.
  • Farrah from Elon, NcLarry Henley was also lead singer of The Newbeats, who were famous for the song, "Bread And Butter".
  • Catherine from Glasgow, Englandthis song makes me cry!! (in a good way)
  • AnonymousSorry guys. The Willie Nelson version was released in 1984 on the "City of New Orleans" album. It was also used in a video montage presented by the New York Mets baseball team on Fan Appreciation Day at the end of the 1986 season. "Beaches" wasn't released until 1988.
  • Martin from Los Barrios, SpainThe Lee Greenwood version was the first I heard and I've got the single way back in the early eighties
  • Annabelle from Eugene, OrOh, My, Gosh! I've always hated this song since the moment I first heard it! The most embarrassing moment of my life was when I was in first grade, my instructional assistant, Catherine, forced me to sing this for my friend and instructional assistant, Nancy Meyer. When I sang this, the embarrassing part was when all the kids in the audience started laughing at me! And ever since that day, everytime the song would come on the radio, I would say "Somebody Please, Get that song away from me!", and I would turn the radio off, or I would turn it to another radio station.
  • Wayne from Pasadena, MdThe music on Lee Greenwood's version to me, is awesome and I don't know why his version wasn't released as a single. Most people haven't heard it.
  • Elizabeth from New York, NyThis song I think is about someone who is there for you all the time behind the scenes. They mean a lot to you, but no one knows it. And you just want to let them know what they mean to you.
  • David from Charleston, ScGary is free to bad-mouth someone who had a much bigger hit with the song he recorded but it only makes him the lesser person. Sour grapes!
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