Bruce Springsteen, the Boss himself, infamously wrote a song for the Harry Potter movies. If you’ve never heard it, you haven’t been hit with a Confondus Charm — the studio had to turn it down because J.K. Rowling’s contract stipulated that no commercial songs could appear in the films. But at last, it has surfaced online.
“It was a song I wrote from my eldest son,” Springsteen said in an interview with BBC Radio 2’s Simon Mayo. “It was a big ballad that was very uncharacteristic of something I’d sing myself but it was something I thought would have fit … a children’s movie. It was a pretty lovely song.”
The lyrics perfectly fit Ron, Hermione, and Harry’s friendship.
“I wish I could tell a story, / chase away all those ghosts you’ve got inside of you. / We’ll fight here together ‘til victory is won. / Come take my hand ‘til the morning comes,” the lyrics say.
Recall the end of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince when Harry tries to discourage Ron and Hermione from accompanying him on his dangerous mission hunting Horcruxes. “We’re with you whatever happens,” says Ron. Hermione adds, “You said to us once before that there was time to turn back if we wanted to. We’ve had time, haven’t we?”
Sprinsteen’s song continues along the lines of support through dark times. Although he maintains he didn’t explicitly write it about Harry Potter, the lyrics speak to Harry’s dark dreams that arise from his connection with Voldemort, and they give a shout out to Gryffindor courage, to boot.
“Now I know it can feel like you’re slipping away,” the song continues. “At night you’ll get lost in that deep dark place / We’ll let the night come and do what it may. / Together we’ll find the courage. / I’ll stand by you always, always, always.”
Listen to the full song below.