‘Stand By Me’

Song facts:

  • Written and recorded in 1960, this song by Ben E. King zoomed to the top of the charts as soon as it was released in 1961.
  • It was named the fourth most-performed song of the 20th century with about seven million performances.
  • There have been over 400 recorded covers of this song performed by many musicians all over the world.
  • “Stand by me” is the sixth highest earning song. The estimated amount of royalties has topped 17 million pounds.

Listen and watch to this rendition performed by “Playing for Change”. Enjoy!

Stand By Me | Playing For Change | Song Around The World from Concord Music Group on Vimeo.

Now listen to the original of the song and fill in the blanks in the quiz below.



        1. Teacher Diana. 


          The lyrics has been said by English language. When I translated it to Farsi language, I could feel them with all my heart.heart You have said that the song has been recorded in 1960. I would like to tell you it is also fresh after 56 years.  Some songs never forget.   


          I wish I had someone who could stand by me.broken heart 

          If you present lyrics like this on the website, we will be very happy. 


          Best wishes,

          1. Hello Bijan,

            I agree with you. The best songs (as well as poems, music, etc.) are never getting old because they are telling us about true and universal values. 🙂 

            Thank you, I will post some of my favorite songs.

    1. Blackmatta, I am glad you like it. This song always makes me nostalgic. You know how some songs are linked to some good events in the past and when you listen to them you remember those events and people around you at that time…

  1. Thank you so much, dear Diana.

    I enjoyed that first video song. It doesn't matter what you sing, You must enjoy what you are doing at present. That's what they are doing. They enjoy the music to the core.

    Fortunately I watched it on a one pleasant sunday morning. broken heart It makes me feel refreshing.

    I loved the original song as well. First I listened to it completely, and I replayed it again while I was answering the quiz part. I got it all right in one single attempt. Yipee!!! kiss

  2. Great, Vasanth! Well done!

    Oh yes, I love 'Playing for Change'. They are unbelievable. I enjoy watching them play. They live with and in the music they play. Check out their playlist Songs Around the World on youtube.

    You said: 

    It makes me feel refreshing.

    refreshing – refreshed

    -ing – quality

    -ed – emotions

    e.g. an interesting story (quality) but an interested reader (emotion)

    So you should have written, "It makes me feel refreshed".


    1. Teacher Diana.  


      I didn't know at all that "ing = quality", "ed = emotions". They are very interesting for me. I had never read about this subject on any English language website. Thanks to you for your great explanation, and thanks to Vasanth for his comment that it has created this nice subject.


      Six questions, please: 

      1. As far as I know participle is a verbal (part verb / part adjective) that it is also an adjective in above sentence. And also, I have read somewhere present participle can act as an adjective too, is it correct or not please (Example: the old laughing lady walks every day)?

      2. Can we say both interested and interesting are adjectives in your above sentence (and also refreshing – refreshed = adjective = participle)?  

      3. We know "feel" is a linking verb, so should we use an adjective because of linking verb here?  

      4. If we accept (interested / interesting _ refreshing / refreshed ) are all adjectives, and also you have said that (ing = quality, ed = emotions,) why cannot we say:  

      A- An interested ( adjective) story? 

      B- An interesting reader?   

      Of course, I have found a formula for your above explanation.  We use "interesting' for things (as an adjective = an interesting story), and use "interested" for persons (as an adjective = an interested reader),  am I correct please?

      5. Your sentence:  it makes me feel refreshed ( refreshed is correct because we should use an adjective "refreshed" after the linking verb "feel"), is my reason correct, please?  

      6. We should usually use a bare verb after verbs similar to "make, let, see, watch, hear,feel, notice" (Not an infinitive, or a gerund)?  Am I correct, please? 


      Please, you forgive me for asking questions. 

      Thanks in advance,


      1. Hello Bijan,

        Please, don't apologize for your questions. I am glad you are asking them.

        By the way 

        Please, you forgive me for asking questions. 

        (imperative mood, request –> you don't need pronoun here)

        As for you questions:

        1. Yes, Bijan.
        Participles ending in -ing(= the present participle) or -ed, -en, etc. (= the past participle) can act as adjectives.

        2. Yes, we can

        3. Yes. 

        4. Can a story feel or experience any emotions? Can a story be interested in something?

        Here you should be careful. We can use both -ing and -ed adjectives to describe people. A person can be interesting and he can be interested.

        an interesting person – (what kind of person?) – a person who is special in some way, who attracts your attention;

        an interested person – a person who feels an interest, shows an interest in something.

        5. OK, Bijan, correct.

        6. make and let are used with bare infinitive

        make + object + bare infinitive

        e.g. I did it because they made me do it.

        My father let me drive his car yesterday. 

        With the verbs see/hear/watch/feel/notice these structures are possible:

        see someone do and see someone doing

        e.g. I saw him drive away (he did something and I saw it. I saw the complete action)

        I saw him walking along the street. (he was doing something, I saw him  in the middle of the process)

        But sometimes this difference is not important, so you can use either form.


      2. interesting => causes the interest

        interested <= feels the interest

        refreshing => causes a feeling of refreshment

        refreshed <= feels the feeling of refreshment

        tiring => causes the tiredness

        tired <= feels the tiredness

        Do you see the pattern?  One is active; one is "passive".

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