Ben E King - Stand by me

First performance: 17/01/1985


Coverinfo

Bruce covered the song 17 times:
 
Always off-tour perfomances:
 
1985-01-17 - RHINOCEROS CLUB, GREENSBORO
with the The Del Fuegos and Nils Lofgren.
 
1987-01-21 - WALDORF-ASTORIA HOTEL, NEW YORK CITY
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
 
1987-08-26 - THE COLUMNS, AVON, NJ
 
Bruce guests with U2.
 
1987-11-06 - RUMSON COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL, RUMSON
 
1987-11-20 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
 
1987-12-05 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
Cats on a Smooth Surface
 
1988-08-21 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
 
1989-04-25 - RUBBER CLUB, LOS ANGELES
 
1989-09-23 - McLOONE'S RUM RUNNER, SEA BRIGHT
 
1990-04-14 - MICHAEL'S RESTAURANT, SANTA MONICA
Chuck Plotkin wedding reception
 
1991-08-04 - CHEERS, LONG BRANCH, NJ
 
Alliance of Neighbors Benefit
 
2001-10-19 - COUNT BASIE THEATRE, RED BANK
Alliance of Neighbors Benefit 
 
2011-04-02 - WONDER BAR, ASBURY PARK
The Music of Asbury Park's West Side
 
With U2
 
 
 
2017-04-21 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, ASBURY PARK 
Bruce, Southside Johnny, Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul, and more come together on stage as the Upstage Jam Band for a show that took place as part of the Asbury Park Music & Film Festival. In the afternoon the documentary Just before the Dawn, about the legendary Upstage Club, received its premiere. For this documentary Little Steven, Garry Tallent, Southside Johnny and Vini Lopez were all interviewed. For the show, Bruce mostly contributed guitar and backing vocals. He was not on stage for several additional songs not listed under. He took lead vocals for "Lucille" and duet vocals with Southside on "Something You Got". Vini Lopez takes lead vocals on the first performance since 1971 of "The Ballad Of Jesse James". 
 
 
 
 

Songinfo

"Stand by me" is a song released in 1961. This song was inspired by the spiritual hymn "Lord Stand By Me." It has since been recorded into more than 400 other versions. In early 2000 it was believed to be the 4th most performed song of the 20th century, with more than 7 million performances. Ben E. King first offered it to his group, The Drifters but was told – "Not a bad song, but we don’t need it."
 
 
 

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

intro to the song:
 
"Have you ever been lonely ? well, the world is a lonesome place....and you need somebody you can lean on....when you´re down and in trouble....´cause everybody stumbles and they fall....you need somebody who can give you a hand back up again....stand by your side..."

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, no I won't be afraid
Just as long as you stand, stand by me

So darlin', darlin', stand by me, oh now now stand by me
Stand stand by me, stand by me

If the sky that we look upon
Should tumble and fall
And the mountains 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 now now
Stand by me
Stand by stand by me stand by me

Darlin', darlin', stand by me, stand by me
Stand by me stand by me stand by me

Whenever you're in trouble won't you stand by me, oh now now stand by me
Oh stand by me, stand by me, stand by me

Darlin', darlin', stand by me, stand by me
Oh stand by me, stand by me, stand by me