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Sabbath Songs: Tracy Chapman Sings ‘Stand by Me’


The Seventh-day Adventist metanarrative anticipates events depicted in symbolic passages of Scripture in which celestial lights go dark, heavenly bodies fall from their places, and the very foundations of the earth are shaken.

Singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman appeared on the David Letterman show, providing a pared down performance of a song that cuts to the very human heart of our eschatological anxieties.


If the sky that we look upon

Should tumble and fall

Or the mountains

Should crumble to the sea

I won’t cry, I won’t cry

No I won’t shed a tear

Just as long as you stand

Stand by me


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