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Stand by Me

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Words & Music: Arranged by Elvis Presley
When the storms of life are raging
Stand by me
When the storms of life are raging
Stand by me
When the world is tossing me
Like a ship out on the sea
Thou who rulest when wanted
Stand by me

When I’m growing old and feeble
Stand by me
When I’m growing old and feeble
Stand by me
When I do the best I can
And my friends misunderstand
Thou who never lost a battle
Stand by me
Thou who never lost a battle
Stand by me
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Recorded: 1966/05/25, first released on How Great Thou Art

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TheMemphisFan (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 17, 2014report abuse
STAND BY ME
Words and music by Charles Albert Tindley (1851-1933)
in "New Songs of Paradise", No. 6 (1905)

When the storms of life are raging
Stand by me,
When the storms of life are raging
Stand by me,
When the world is tossing me
Like a ship upon the sea,
Thou who rulest wind and water
Stand by me.

In the midst of tribulation
Stand by me,
When the hosts of hell assail
and my strength begins to fail,
Thou who never lost a battle
Stand by me.

In the midst of faults and failures
Stand by me,
When I do the best I can
And my friends misunderstand,
Thou who knowest all about me
Stand by me.

In the midst of persecution
Stand by me,
When my foes in battle array
Undertake to stop my way,
Thou who saved Paul and Silas
Stand by me.

When I'm growing old and feeble
Stand by me,
When my life becomes a burden
And I'm nearing chilly Jordan,
Oh thou Lily of the Valley
Stand by me.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on May 8, 2013report abuse
A beautiful uplifting gospel. The piano player could be either Floyd Cramer or Henry Slaughter.
Archie (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 26, 2012report abuse
"Thou who rulest when wanted" should be
"Thou who rulest wind and water."
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 23, 2010report abuse
The best song on the album in my opinion. It didnt suffer from the over-production that was on many of the rest of the songs. Simple is always better to me.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 23, 2010report abuse
An outstanding gem from Elvis' 5 star sacred LP "How Great Thou Art"(1967). A stark, lovely track with Elvis lilting beautifully over the uplifting lyrics. Concerning the lyrics, I believe the 2nd to last line of verse one should read "Thou who rulest wind and water", not "Thou who rulest when wanted".
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 23, 2010report abuse
It was almost forgotten that Elvis could make outstanding albums given the right songs and concept after so many disappointed releases. This is just one of the superb tracks from an album that is still widely praised over forty years down the line.
JLpResLey (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 23, 2010report abuse
I love this song. Wonderful vocals and in my mind as good as the title track of that album
Rob Wanders (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 23, 2010report abuse
oustanding song. Indeed a song to support you in darker days.
Elvis Rimes (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 26, 2009report abuse
There are Elvis songs that really inspire and help you in not so good times. This is one of them. Beautiful.

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