Bruce Springsteen admitted in a BBC Radio 2 interview in October that he wrote a ballad for the movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone — the first movie in the Potter series — although it was never used. Then on Friday (Feb. 10), at least briefly, the world got a chance to hear that ballad.
The soft and slow “I’ll Stand By You Always” was recorded in 2001 and appeared on SoundCloud for a few hours Friday, but has since been removed. The song doesn’t have any direct references to Harry Potter, although it includes sincere lyrics like, “We’ll let the night come and do what it may, together we’ll find the courage, we’ll find faith/ Until you awake.”
The first three Harry Potter used scores from composer John Williams, while subsequent films were composed by Patrick Doyle, Nicholas Hooper and Alexandre Desplat.
Springsteen said in the BBC interview that it was “very uncharacteristic of something I’d sing myself.”
He added that he still hopes to get it into a children’s movie someday.