Be still and know that I'm with you Be still and know that I am here Be still and know that I'm with you Be still, be still, and know When darkness comes upon you And covers you with fear and shame Be still and know that I'm with you And I will say your name If terror falls upon your bed And sleep no longer comes Remember all the words I said Be still, be still, and know And when you go through the valley And the shadow comes down from the hill If morning never comes to be Be still, be still, be still If you forget the way to go And lose where you came from If no one is standing beside you Be still and know I am Be still and know that I'm with you Be still and know I am
I recently heard this song on a TV programme. It was not a religious programme we were watching at the time – in fact it was a crime series, but the song was used during a very touching moment at the end of one of the episodes. The words and music really stuck with me, so much so I had to find out more about it – I wasn’t sure if the band was a Christian band or even if the lyrics were intended to to be read as if God was saying them. Here’s what I found
The Fray’s vocalist Isaac Slade penned this lullaby for his little brother Micah after he’d called him at four in the morning complaining that that he was having a hard time sleeping. The next morning Slade got out of bed, grabbed a guitar and started playing a comforting song for his brother. He told Denver Westword: “I didn’t really write it; I just started playing it. The melody and the lyrics just kind of fell into place. It’s only happened like that with maybe that song ‘Happiness’ – and that’s probably it. It never really comes that easy. And this one just kind of downloaded from somewhere. And I hadn’t finished it completely. I only had two or three verses. I wrote it in, like, ten minutes and was playing it to my wife. She was sitting in bed.”
After breakfast Slade drove to the studio got out his phone and went over the lyrics. He recalled: “I sang it a couple of times, kind of hammering out the lyrics, pushing pause and record and pause and record. I finished it and texted the guys on my way and say, ‘Hey, I got a lullaby I want to record. It’s probably not going to fit the record, but I want to record it for my little brother and send it to him.’ Because basically, I had no idea what to say. So I took one pass at it, and all the guys walked into the room and they all said, ‘That sounds important. Do it again.’ So they all laid down around my piano. I’ll never forget them laying on their backs with their eyes closed and the lights turned down low at ten in the morning. I laid down a second take, and that made the record.”Songfacts – The Fray, Be Still
Wonderful story, wonderful words and music, but words which I hope we always remember, that no matter what, God is with us.