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Bill Withers – Lean On Me lyrics

Sometimes in our lives
We all have pain
We all have sorrow
But if we are wise
We know that there's always tomorrow

Lean on me, when you're not strong
And I'll be your friend
I'll help you carry on
For it won't be long
'Til I'm gonna need
Somebody to lean on

Please swallow your pride
If I have things you need to borrow
For no one can fill those of your needs
That you won't let show

You just call on me brother, when you need a hand (Chorus)
We all need somebody to lean on
I just might have a problem that you'd understand
We all need somebody to lean on

Second Verse

If there is a load you have to bear
That you can't carry
I'm right up the road
I'll share your load
If you just call me

Call me (if you need a friend)
Call me (call me)
Call me (if you need a friend)
Call me (if you ever need a friend)
Call me (call me)
Call me
Call me (if you need A friend)

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  • u
    This was my mom's song she died June 6th of 2013 and I mis her alot. But she lived by this song and I will always cry when it comes on. She was always there for me and fro her friends. She taught me and my friends to lean on each other when times got tough well they are tough for me now but I have a really good support structure. This song really taught me a lot about the importance of friends and family. I hope you all take it this way too. Rip mom.
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  • u
    It's all about getting through hard times together, something that we (being humans) have never been all too good at. It's a song about friendship, sticking together, helping each other out, but also being able to admit when you need help, because no-one can help if they don't know you need any help. If nothing else, it's a good and fun song to sing with friends because it's really just light hearted and just has that "just kicking back and hanging out with friends" feeling.
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  • u
    "lean on me" is a song written and released by bill withers in 1972. It was his first and only number one on both the soul singles and the billboard hot 100. [1] it is ranked number 205 on the rolling stone's 500 greatest songs of all time. [2] numerous cover versions have been recorded, and it is one of only nine songs to have scored no. 1 with versions recorded by two different artists. [3] withers' childhood in the coal mining town of slab fork, west virginia[4] was the inspiration for "lean on me", which he wrote after he had moved to los angeles and found himself missing the strong community ethic of his hometown. He lived in a decrepit house in the poor section of town. Withers recalled to songfacts the original inspiration for the song; "i bought a little piano and i was sitting there just running my fingers up and down the piano. In the course of doing the music, that phrase crossed my mind, so then you go back and say, 'ok, i like the way that phrase, lean on me, sounds with this song. '" [5]
    several members of the watts 103rd street rhythm band were used for the recording session in 1972.
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  • u
    Life really hits you with a hammer some days, over and over until you just want to curl up and cry. I've had those days, and they hurt like crazy, but with a single kind word by a good friend, it doesn't hurt so bad anymore. With a bunch of friends who are there for you, even if you don't talk, just cry, pretty soon, you won't want to cry anymore. It may still hurt, I do sometimes, but it gets better with time, and love. Remember that. It gets better.
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    I thought that perhaps there were layers of meaning, but I don’t know. Does Bill Withers prefer his song interpreted in a specific way or in many ways? It seemed to be about someone (perhaps an actual brother, perhaps a brother in the eyes of god) helping another who was in a lot of pain and explaining that it is ok to accept help and that he knows you would do the same for him. Wouldn’t you? :)
    I used to think he said, “...if I have faith, you need to borrow” and I thought it was a deep good religious message. For sometimes people question their faith during hard times. I am still wondering if that is actually what he said. Is there a way to find out for certain, or a way to ask Bill Withers maybe? Maybe it doesn’t matter whether he said things or faith. The song can still be interpreted the same (or many other ways) with either word (faith can be considered a thing).
    I think this is an awesome song, and I like all the lyrics and the whole tune, too (especially the tune in the first three verses). I believe that there is a great message in this song. :)
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