Bruce Springsteen has uploaded the lyric video for “I'll Stand By You,” combining song lyrics and clips from the Blinded By The Light movie. As most fans will remember, “I'll Stand By You” was recorded in the late-1990's and submitted to the producers of the Harry Potter films, but due to a clause in author J.K. Rowling's contract stipulating that no commercial songs could be used in the film series, it was rejected. The tune was eventually given to Mark Anthony to record, but his version has yet to see the light of day. In 2017 Springsteen's original version of the song was leaked online.
Back in 2016, Springsteen shed light on the track, telling BBC 2, “'I'll Stand By You' (is) a song that I wrote for my eldest son, it was a big ballad that was very uncharacteristic of something I’d sing myself. But it was something that I thought would have fit lovely (in the film).”
Bruce Springsteen has come to understand that although down time between projects is very important for him, he knows it's only a temporary thing: “I love to be home, and I don't have any problem doing nothing — for a while, anyway — but I just still love to write, and play, and sing (laughs), y'know? It's something that I don't really quite know how to live without, and it's still something that thrills me like it did when I was 16, and it's just something that I need. It's really a selfish endeavor (laughs) in the end, y'know, it's just like being hungry, y'know? It just feels like that (laughs).”