Song of the Year
2023 WSD Song of the Year
The 2023 World Singing Day Song of the Year is an upbeat version of “Lean On Me” by Bill Withers. You can simply sing along to the melody, or come up with your own version.
We chose this song to go with this year’s WSD global theme of Mental Health.
You can download the audio tracks, including the whole song with all vocals, the instrumental track with background vocals, or just the instrumental track. (Click here to download, then click on the three vertical dots to the right of the file name and then select “Download” toward the bottom which should download the file to your “Downloads” folder on your desktop. You can also select “Send a copy” to be sent via email, text, Airdrop, etc.)
You’re welcome to come up with your own arrangement, harmonies, and version of the song. Be creative. Our version starts in the key of C and modulates to Eb, with a tempo of 89 bpm.
We invite you to sing “Lean On Me” on World Singing Day, Saturday, 21 October 2023 (schools can sing it the day before). If you are hosting a WSD sing-along event, include this song in your song list.
Film people at your event or school singing the song and post the video to YouTube (using the hashtags #leanonme and #worldsingingday) by October 22 for possible inclusion in this year’s global montage video. (WSD is about singing together, so no individual singers.)
LEAN ON ME
Written by Bill Withers
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
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 don’t let show
Just call on me brother
If you need a hand
We’re gonna need somebody to lean on
I just might have a problem
That you’ll understand
We all need somebody to lean on
Lean on me (repeat in background till final chorus)
(Solo ad libs in different languages):
I’ll be your friend I’ll help you carry on
For it won’t be long till I’m gonna need somebody to lean on
Sometimes in our lives we all have pain we all have sorrow
But if we are wise we know that there’s always tomorrow
Swallow your pride if I have things you need to borrow
For no one can fill those of your needs that you don’t let show
If there’s 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
Lean on me (x 6)
World Singing Day is a global sing-along held annually on the 3rd Saturday in October.
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