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Stand by Me

Rating:
4.6 / 5

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

Recordingdate: 1966/05/25, first released on: How Great Thou Art (album)

Musicians

Musicians who contributed to the first recording of Stand by Me:

(guitar)
(guitar)
(guitar)
(steel guitar)
(bass)
(bass)
(drums)
(drums)
(piano)
(piano)
(organ)
(harmonica)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(tympani)
(sax)
(sax)

Availability

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Elvis Rimes wrote on February 26, 2009
There are Elvis songs that really inspire and help you in not so good times. This is one of them. Beautiful.
Rob Wanders wrote on January 23, 2010
oustanding song. Indeed a song to support you in darker days.
JLpResLey wrote on January 23, 2010
I love this song. Wonderful vocals and in my mind as good as the title track of that album
old shep wrote on January 23, 2010
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.
Deano1 wrote on January 23, 2010
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".
dgirl wrote on January 23, 2010
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.
sugartummy wrote on May 08, 2013
A beautiful uplifting gospel. The piano player could be either Floyd Cramer or Henry Slaughter.
Gorse wrote on April 25, 2015
This wonderful 5 star song deeply touches me with its sincere delivery.
TheMemphisFan wrote on July 22, 2015
One of Elvis' best recordings of his life! ~ The correct lyrics are . . . 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 WIND AND WATER stand by me
ElvisSacramento wrote on July 26, 2015
This is such a beautiful and underrated song and Elvis sang it tenderly, perfectly and sincerely. Elvis' rendition of this gem should definitely be far better known than it actually is. "How Great Thou Art" has always been my favorite Elvis gospel album.
Cruiser621 wrote on December 04, 2016
Always loved this song; wish they would have done a more sparse take on the song "In The Garden" much as "Stand By Me". Out of Elvis' religious albums, this was my least favorite. It had it's moments but compared to His Hand In Mine, this one is over blown as to the additional arrangements.
JerryNodak wrote on February 01, 2019
Great vocal. Gives me chills. 5 star song and LP.
Steve V wrote on February 01, 2019
This and Run On are my favorites on the album. I like his first gospel album a lot better. Better , crisper production and he was in better voice. During 1965-67 Elvis developed a thicker , heavier singing voice which worked well on this song, but on a song like So High and others, it doesnt work for me.
Rob Wanders wrote on April 01, 2021
my favourite gospel of our man
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