GIRLS ALOUD | I'll Stand By You


Oh, Why you look so sad?
Tears are in your eyes
Come on and come to me now
Don't be ashamed to cry
Let me see you through
'Cause I've seen the dark side too
When the night falls on you
You don't know what to do
Nothing you confess
Could make me you love you less

I'll stand by you
I'll stand by you
Won't let nobody hurt you
I'll stand by you

So if you're mad, get mad
Don't hold it all inside
Come on and talk to me now
Hey, what you got to hide?
I get angry too
Well I'm a lot like you
When you're standing at the crossroads
And don't know which path to choose
Let me come along
'Cause even if you're wrong

I'll stand by you
I'll stand by you
Won't let nobody hurt you
I'll stand by you

Take me in, into your darkest hour
And I'll never desert you
I'll stand by you

And when
When the night falls on you baby
You're feeling all alone
You won't be on your own

I'll stand by you
I'll stand by you
Won't let nobody hurt you
I'll stand by you


Available on:
x Girls Aloud - What Will The Neighbours Say? (2004) CD
x Girls Aloud - I'll Stand By You (2004) CD-S

Written by Chrissie Hynde, Tom Kelly and William Steinberg.
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd/ Hynde House Of Hits Music/ Warner Chappell Music Ltd.
Produced by Brian Higgins and Xenomania.
Mixed by Tim Powell.
Keyboards and Programming: Brian Higgins and Tim Powell.
Guitars: Nick Coler and Shawn Lee.

Single information:
"I'll Stand By You" was released on 15th November, 2004. It was Girls Aloud's second number 1 hit in the UK Singles Chart.

"I'll Stand By You" is a cover of the Pretenders. It was the official Children In Need (British charity) song of 2004.

Brian Higgins has said the following about the need to release cover versions: "Everyone talks about Biology and Love Machine like they're pop classics, but Radio 1 didn't A-list it at the time. And that's been the case with all of their singles. That's why, once in a while, we put out a cover. A song like I'll Stand by You or Jump will get the lowest common denominator, and do the business for radio, keeping us in the frame for the ones which are slower to get airplay".

The first version of "I'll Stand By You" was a weird modernist breakbeat version which sounded like '90s dance act Future Sound Of London. After a while it was decided that what the BBC needed and what what Children In Need required was a slightly updated copy of the Pretenders version, so the song was started again.

x The strategy was simple enough - take the UK's biggest girl band, get them to cover an instantly recognisable and vaguely emotive ballad, label it "Children In Need's official single of 2004" and watch the cash roll in for the worthy cause. Nobody could argue with that, and best of luck to them, but the last thing the music world needs right now is another syrupy ballad performed with all the gusto and vigour of a Rotary Club karaoke evening. Functional, but horribly mediocre.

x "I'll Stand By You" (...) sounds like Shakespear's Sister and is far, far better than anyone gives it credit for. Nicola Roberts, arguably the greatest living popstar in the world today, does a ballad all on her tod, her voice gets a bit trembly and twangy and it's all rather moving.William B. Swygart

x (...) Chrissie Hynde's voice is one of the most recognisable and passionate voices in music, and Girls Aloud simply are not up to her standard. This is a sub-karaoke version, limp, tired, and uninspired. If we're lucky, this is the first sign that their time is rapidly coming to an end. If you want to support Children In Need, give directly to the charity, but please, don't encourage Girls Aloud, they might end up covering Drive for Live Aid II. Doesn't that thought give you the chills? Sam Shepherd

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