Bruce Springsteen Really Did Write a Song for Harry Potter That Was Wisely Rejected

Try to imagine the frog choir singing Springsteen (Warner Bros.)
Try to imagine the frog choir singing Springsteen (Warner Bros.)

I am not saying anything bad about Bruce Springsteen. But I do think that his style, amidst all the grade-A Britishness that Harry Potter exudes, might have been a little jarring.


Speaking to BBC Radio 2’s Simon Mayo, Springsteen confirmed the longstanding rumor that he had written a song called “I’ll Stand By You Always” that was, for whatever reason, never used.“You’ll have to ask them [why],” Springsteen said in the interview. The answers lie with Warner Bros., the producers, and the directors of the films, presumably.

Springsteen also said that the song was “was pretty good.”“It was a song I wrote for my eldest son,” he continued. “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.” So, on the one hand, I’m sure it was all those things. But, on the other, Springsteen is incurably American and I’m sure there was just something about the song which just didn’t mesh well with whichever of the Harry Potter movies it was supposed to go with.

Springsteen still has hope that we’ll get to hear it, though. “At some point I’d like to get it into a children’s movie of some sort because it was a pretty lovely song,” he concluded by saying. Maybe one of those ones where a child has cancer or sees god would work.

[via Pitchfork]

Katharine is the Associate Director of Policy and Activism at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the former managing editor of io9. She writes about technology policy and pop culture.



So it sounds like Bruce doesn’t actually have the rights to release the song himself?

That seems strange, so I’m probably reading in between too many lines here.