Just As Long As You Stand By Me

Jim Adams, aka Newepicauthor, the creator of A Unique Title For Me, is hosting SONG-LYRIC-SUNDAY and this week he has chosen the theme: LEAN/SIT/STAND

stand by meUh-oh…as soon as I saw this theme, I knew I was going to find it really hard to choose which song to feature, when so many great songs came to mind.

However, there is one song that has to be at the very top of my list. In fact if Jack thought I had picked any other song for today, I might be in trouble! This special song is “Stand By Me” by the wonderful Ben E. King.

He and I have “a song”! One night we danced together (this was before the estrangement took root). My friend Suzie said that everyone stopped to watch us. People had been talking about us for some time. All I remember is seeing him. It is a memory which confused me for a long time afterwards.

robins and annie handsSo…one of the songs on his sixties playlist is that same song. Within the past couple of weeks, he played that playlist, and I think around the third tune was “our song” … easily distinguishable from the first few seconds. I gazed into Jack’s eyes and he smiled. We do a lot of playing with each other’s hands at the moment. Anyway, I asked him if he remembered.

performing.pngHe thought he was talking about when he sang it live a few months after that night when we danced. I don’t think he realized that by then, I was regularly being told by some people that Jack couldn’t stand me and wished we were not flatmates. He was blissfully unaware that I was tormented when he was singing that song. He thought I would understand why he had chosen that song.

Anyway…I am determined nobody is going to ruin things between us this time. It is “our song” (perhaps lots of other couples would say the same) and when I hear it I think of him. I love Jack. I believe that I always did, even when I thought he hated me. I intend to stand by him, come what may.

I find it hard to listen to a cover of “Stand By Me”…my feelings are that nobody should touch it. Ben E. King is the the King of this song. No covers needed – ever!

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

So darlin’, darlin’
Stand by me, oh, stand by me
Oh, stand, stand by me
Stand by me

If the sky that we look upon
Should tumble and fall
Or 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 darlin’, darlin’
Stand by me, oh, stand by me
Oh, stand now, stand by me
Stand by me

Darlin’, darlin’
Stand by me, oh, stand by me
Oh, stand now, stand by me
Stand by me
Whenever you’re in trouble, won’t you stand by me?
Oh, stand by me
Won’t you stand now?
Oh, stand, stand by me

Written By: Ben E King, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller

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