Weekly Music Pick: Stand by Me

This week’s music pick is an oldie from the 60s. Entitled “Stand by Me”, the song was written and performed by Ben E. King in 1961, and not John Lennon, as some claim. Originally written for another group, this song almost never made radioplay if not for the fact that King had some studio time leftover from another project.  Its distinctive jazz chord progression is now known as the 50s progression or also, “Stand by Me” chords.

The lyrics of “Stand by Me” employs subtle metaphors to good effect. The first few lines of the song go as follows:

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

I have always thought the line references Psalm 23:4, which is simply this:

Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

Curiously, many other songs have similar names. The Pretender’s “I’ll stand by You”, Nana’s “Stand by Me” are 2 striking examples. I happen to like the instrumental sections of Nana’s “Stand by Me” so without further ado, here is the song.


Nana’s “Stand by Me”

Translated lyrics for Nana’s Stand by Me below:

long way to go
I walk a long way while muttering
that I’m sorry for this kind of myself.
Innocent butterfly,
Fly into the blue sky.

By myself, tears spill sadly at nightfall
It’s Cold…
An excessively long, dark night
Opens my eyes

Sadness passes by painfully.
But I suddenly throw it all away
Because you loved me…

Kiss me & stay with me
A flower blooming in eternity moves on, fleeting strongly
How could you smile for me
It’s fine not to do anything
I want to forever be beside you
Always closely stand by me

You softly caressed my cheek
Your warmth…
It’s gentle…
A silent love of illusions…
Opens my eyes

I was a weak, brutal person
A foolish being…
But you forgave me…

Kiss me & say good bye
A closed-up flower rings out weakly and sadly
How could you cry for me
It’s fine not to say anything
I want to forever be beside you
Always be beside me, smiling for me…

Kiss me & stay with me
A flower blooming in eternity moves on, fleeting strongly
How could you smile for me
It’s fine not to do anything
I want to forever be beside you

Kiss me & say good bye
A closed-up flower rings out weakly and sadly
How could you cry for me
It’s fine not to say anything
I want to forever be beside you
Always be beside me, smiling for me…

References:
Wikipedia Entry on “Stand by Me” – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stand_by_Me_%28song%29
Bible Online (Psalm 23:4) – http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+23%3A4&version=NIV

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