The theme song of the film “Stand by me” was performed by Ben E. King and written by Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. In the 60’s. According to Wikipedia, “Stand by Me” was ranked number 121 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In 1999, BMI named it as the fourth most-performed song of the 20th century, with about 7 million performances.
Here follow 3 versions of the song. One is a cartoon animation, the other one is the result of an initiative to use music to connect people from all over the world, called “playing for a change”
Finally you might choose to sing along the original Ben E. King version as you read the lyrics
Timon and Pumba (animation)
“Playing For Change: Peace Through Music” street musicians from all over the world singing together
Stand By Me (lyrics) – Ben E. King
- What do you think about them?
- Which one do you like best?
- Do you understand the lyrics?
- What are the words you did not understand and had to look up in the dictionary?
Homework: Post your answers to the blog for Monday23rd January