Stand By Me – Ben E. King

June 25, 2022

“Stand by Me” was originally performed by Ben E King in 1961. The American singer and songwriter wrote the song in collaboration with Jerome Leiber and Mike Stoller.

Fun Facts

• “Stand by Me”  was part of the Don’t Play That Song album by Ben E King.

• According to Ben King, the song “Stand by Me”  was inspired by a religious song written by Sam Cooke and J.W Alexander. The song is titled Lord Stand By Me.

• Ben King’s “Stand by Me”  was released on April 24, 1961.

• The hit single was recorded on October 27, 1960.

• “Stand by Me”  is part of the R&B or soul music genres.

• Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller oversaw the recording and production of “Stand by Me” .

• Benjamin Earl King’s birth name is Benjamin Earl Nelson. He was born on September 28, 1938, in Henderson, North Carolina.

• He later died aged 76 years old on April 30, 2015, in Hackensack, New Jersey.

Lyrics

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

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