"Stand By Me" as written by and Noel Gallagher....
Made a meal and threw it up on Sunday I've
Gotta lot of things to learn
Said I would and I'll be leaving one day
Before my heart starts to burn

So what's the matter with you?
Sing me something new...don't you know
The cold and wind and rain don't know
They only seem to come and go away

Times are hard when things have got no meaning
I've found a key upon the floor
Maybe you and I will not believe in the things we find
Behind the door

Stand by me...nobody knows the way it's gonna be
Stand by me...nobody knows the way it's gonna be
Stand by me...nobody knows the way it's gonna be

If you're leaving will you take me with you
I'm tired of talking on my phone
There is one thing I can never give you
My heart will never be your home


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"Stand By Me" as written by Willie Nelson

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    My Interpretationi agree with minttown1 and winglessdreamer, i think this song is about a commitment phobic person…
    Made a meal and threw it up in sunday
    Got a lot of things to learn
    Said I would and I believe in one day
    Before my heart starts to burn

    He suddenly remembers that has more important things to do, he said to himself even before that he is gonna change and he thinks that if he is already believing his heart starts to burn. Another way of saying that he thinks it’s not gonna happen.

    So what's the matter with you?
    Sing me something new... don't you know
    The cold and wind and rain don't know
    They only seem to come and go away

    In this part he is telling the person to give him something fresh so that he can be interested in her again. Because this kind of person is the kind that easily gets tired/bored. But usually he regrets that because he liked that person and yet he is slowly becoming not interested anymore or enthusiastic as before.
    And this…

    don't you know
    The cold and wind and rain don't know
    They only seem to come and go away

    ...is a metaphor for what he’s feeling. “It’s like cold and wind and rain, they just come and go…” to sum it up, he is asking that person to give him something new so that he can be fascinated of her again because his feeling in love is like a switch, it’s on and off.

    Times are hard when things have got no meaning
    I've found a key upon the floor
    Maybe you and I will not believe in the things we find
    Behind the door

    Like lydtorres said---He knows, that people needs something to hold on to, something to believe in. And he has found a way to do it, maybe by a girlfriend, mother, or somebody, but he is still skeptical about it

    If you're leaving will you take me with you?
    I'm tired of talking on my phone
    But there is one thing I can never give you
    My heart will never be your home

    He likes her, he didn't want to lose her but he couldn't give his all. He doesn't want to be controlled because once you are in a relationship; you'll feel trapped- at least on the perspective of a commitment phobic. notice the "if you're leaving WILL YOU TAKE ME with you?" "BUT there is one thing I can never give you" "MY HEART will never be your home"----kinda selfish.

    Stand By Me -- Nobody knows the way it's gonna be
    Stand By Me -- Nobody knows the way it's gonna be
    Stand By Me -- Nobody knows the way it's gonna be

    But you know this guy didn't want his being commitment phobic, in fact he didn't understand it. He is still hoping he'll change. and that is why -- "Stand by me" it's like saying, JUST BE PATIENT. "Nobody knows the way it's gonna be" cause maybe one day he'll not be that kind of person anymore.
    And he is telling STAND BY ME, NOBODY KNOWS THE WAY IT’S GONNA BE — three times! It’s like telling, PLEASE be patient, PLEASE understand, PLEASE give me a little more time!
    mownique331on July 01, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentWhat's beautiful about this song is that anyone can relate to it. It can mean so many different things to so many different people.. As for me, this song can relate to a guy who is in love with this girl, but this girl doesn't feel the same way he feels about her. And, in such cases when a guy tells a girl his feelings and the girl doesn't feel the same way, it distances their friendship or their close relation that existed before all said and done. And this guy, instead of being attached to the girl, he maintains his distance--caught between the confusion of him and her. He wants to be friends and carries the guilt of why he told her about his feelings. That's why in this song, his words are powerful but his pride and ego is even more powerful. "There is one thing I can never give you... My heart will never be your home" In this verse, he is not telling her that he wont give her his heart. He's just strongly assuring her that them coming back together again, will not be for the sake of him wanting, needing or hoping naively for a relationship..he tells her that he understands and acknowledges that "he can never give her his heart" and "his heart will never be the place she calls home".. but he needs her as a friend. Since this girl is reluctant about going back or doesn't know what to do... he cry out loud asking her to "stand by him" because he needs her in his life and you never know what's it gonna be so why reject or walk away.. maybe he and she can be close as before, and maintain that close friendship that they both depend on and need.

    ... this just my thoughts on the song..
    singforlifeon October 13, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentBut there is one thing I can never give you/My heart will never be your home

    No one mentioned the last two lines. It's almost like he's saying that he wants her, but that she'll never be "in his heart." He wants her as an escape, a way to cope, but she'll never be the person for him to truly be with.

    Just a thought.
    minttown1on June 21, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti can't believe that there have been 127 viewings but no comments made on this AMAZING song. the first time i heard it was when it was released a few years ago, and as i was only about 8 at the time i thought it strange that i was humming a song. so i am now proud to call this superb, inspirational song, the first song i ever adored. it's stuck til today!
    rainbow8711on April 23, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI agree. This song is amazing. My personal thoughts of the song...

    I believe it's about someone who knows what it's like to go through pain. They know that no matter how beautiful life is, there will always be pain and hard times. "Nobody knows the way it's gonna be"

    Throughout the song, this person is asking the one they love with all they have...to stand by them through thick and thin. He/She make is very clear that living without this person is impossible.

    A very beautiful love song. I can't get enough of it.
    KellyElizabeth85on May 17, 2002   Link
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    General Commentoh boo. i hate being depressed. this so reminds me of my boyfriend when he has to leave home and go back to the marines. boo boo boo. :(
    jdeeregirlohon June 04, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is about acoholism as well. "made a meal and threw it up on sunday". and no matter how bad his acohol addiction gets he wants someone to be there for him.also, when you drink alot your heart starts to burn.
    mattisphat210on March 30, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti think he asks someone to stand by him, indeed. Someone who'll always be there. But though he needs that person to stand by him, he won't start a relationship with the person. So in that point i can agree with minttown1.
    winglessdreameron October 22, 2004   Link
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    General Commentit takes me back when i was 17. almost makes me cry. well the thing is i was with this guy at that time and i was like.. please stand be me ..then we seperated kinda normal kinda happens all the time but you know.now i'm so damn old but i can't stop thinking about him.

    anyways i dont agree wtih winglessdreamer. could it be that home mean i wont be there waiting for you when you're gone?
    balloontachion November 12, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think its about a fella moving away from home to gain a little independance, but he soon realises how hard it is. the lyric "Made a meal and threw it up on Sunday" is said to his mum on the phone and he confesses "I've got a lot of things to learn" A great song.
    bobby82on March 09, 2005   Link

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