Lean on Me

Monday, June 22, 2015


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I have a little brother. He’s eight years younger than me and it feels just like yesterday when he used to crawl around the floor, asking for food with alien-like language that I didn’t understand (and he cried out of frustration because I didn’t understand that he asked for food). Feels just like yesterday when he started to walk, and suddenly run around the house. Feels just like yesterday when I used to make him crying by teasing him a lot (and I never get enough of it, though our Mom scolded me a lot too for that). However, it was the real yesterday, when my lil brother turned 17. Yup, already. I was choked up, realizing how time flies. He’s an official young adult now, I understand, yet somehow deep inside my heart I still see him as my baby brother that I need to take care of and worry about. So I dedicate this writing for him (okay, it’s the first time I write for him actually). No matter how tall you grow and how old you are, you’ll always be my “little” brother in my heart and mind. And I’ll always be willing to do anything and effort everything for you. And you can always lean on me. Thanks for being born as my baby brother.

Sometimes in our lives, we all have pain, we all have sorrow. But, if we are wise, we know that there’s always tomorrow.” –Michael Bolton, Lean On Me

Dedicated to my beloved younger brother is a classic hit titled “Lean On Me” as today’s song for Moments Of Our Lives. It was performed by American legendary singer, Michael Bolton, and released in 1994 as the fifth single taken from his album, “The One Thing”. The album was released on November 16th 1993. “Lean On Me” was originally sung by Bill Withers and first released on April 21st 1972 as the first single from his second album, “Still Bill”. Numerous cover versions have been recorded since then, including Bolton’s version.

"The One Thing" album cover - source: amazon.com

As I’ve mentioned above, today’s song is dedicated to my younger brother. The lyrics of “Lean On Me” spread the spirit of togetherness; together we stand, apart we fall, as in a family. “Sometimes in our lives, we all have pain, we all have sorrow. But, if we are wise, we know that there’s always tomorrow.” Living the life itself is a lonely thing to do. Though we were born, and we will die, alone, we live the life by having family and friends. Though we don’t have one, we can make ones. A true family and friends are the ones that people can lean on. Whenever life gets hard and rough. Wherever there’s no place seems like home on this earth. Family and friends are there to soothe your weary soul. Family and friends are there to make you feel at home. “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.” In front of true family and friends, there’s no need to play tough. With the sense of belonging, there won’t be any discomfort towards each other.
“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, till I’m gonna need someone to lean on.” The moment when my little brother was born, I didn’t understand what it was really mean to be a sister. As the time passes by, I begin to understand. Through every moment we’ve been spending together, I learn to understand what it’s really mean to be a sister. “You can call on me brother when you need a hand, we all need somebody to lean on. I just might have a problem that you’ll understand, we all need somebody to lean on.” He’s there to give meaning for me, that I could be a place for someone in this world to lean on. When the time gets too hard for him to bear, when the life seems so unfriendly, he knows where to find me, at the very least. And I’ll be there whenever he calls, because that’s what family is for. “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.”

So Hyang performed "Lean On Me" on episode 169 of "Immortal Songs 2"

Michael Bolton became the first foreign legend that have made an appearance in the South Korea’s entertainment music program, “Immortal Songs 2: Singing the Legend”. He appeared as the legend on episode 169. The Michael Bolton special episode was broadcasted by KBS television station on October 18th 2014, and by KBS World channel on November 8th 2014. “Lean On Me” was one of the songs in the playlist, performed by female soloist, So Hyang. Her mesmerizing performance was topping my list of 7 Most Fantastic Winning Performance on “Immortal Songs 2” of 2014.

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.” –Michael Bolton, Lean On Me




“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, till I’m gonna need someone to lean on

You can call on me brother when you need a hand, we all need somebody to lean on
I just might have a problem that you’ll understand, we all 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

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
If you need a friend, if you ever need a friend, call me, call me”

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