Bruce Springsteen is a legendary songwriter, but apparently, he’s not quite good enough for Harry Potter. The Boss appeared on BBC Radio 2 and revealed that he wrote a song for a Harry Potter film, but it ultimately went unused.
“It was pretty good,” Springsteen said. “It was a song that I wrote for my eldest son. 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; at some point I’d like to get it into a children’s movie of some sort because it was a pretty lovely song.”
The song, titled “I’ll Stand By You Always,” has been known about for some time. According to BruceBase wiki, it was written “sometime between 1998 and 2000,” out of inspiration from Springsteen reading the Harry Potter books to his son. In 2001, Springsteen filed the song with the US Copyright Office and offered it to director Chris Columbus, who directed The Sorceror’s Stone. However, apparently J.K. Rowling had a contract stipulation that prevented the use of commercial songs in the Harry Potter movies. At the time, Warner Bros. music president Gary Lemel declined to comment publicly on the Springsteen song’s relationship to the films.
In addition to Harry Potter, the song has had a strange history. It was covered by singer Marc Anthony and was set to appear on his 2002 album, Mended. Press releases touting Springsteen’s involvement were issued by both Anthony and his label, Sony, but strangely, the song was not on the album once it released. The BruceBase wiki says, “There has been no explanation as to why the Springsteen composition was not issued.”
With the announcement of four more Fantastic Beasts movies on the way, we hope that Rowling and the producers can make an exception for The Boss by using his song or at least casting him in a very prominent role.