This is one of those stories that look crazy, like a fake one. But everything has been confirmed by both sides, as explained by Bruce Springsteen himself.
In 2000, the New Jersey singer-songwriter wrote a sweet song for her son, a song that was able to enter a fairytale world. With sweet and delicate lyrics, light and exciting. The song was called I’ll stand by you always.
Springsteen, at that time, knew that somewhere in England they were shooting a new movie called Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. He liked the title and the story and he decided to propose that song as part of the soundtrack. Trying perhaps to repeat what he did with Philadelphia, the huge success he released as part of theeponymous film in 1993. Here is the song.
Unfortunately, Harry Potter’s production rejected the song, leaving Springsteen disappointed. In an interview he said: “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.“
You can decide by yourself how it would have fit: some time ago, the demo of the song has been shared and now it can be heard freely, above. And even out of that movie, it represents another piece of those ways Bruce Springsteen has to move us.
On the other hand, of course, we are also aware that John Williams’ theme is one of the best soundtracks of recent history. Aren’t we?