♫ Wind Beneath My Wings ♫

The first time I heard this song was in 1988 when my daughter and I went to see the movie, Beaches.  It was one of the few movies I have seen in a theater that I could understand the dialog, and I much enjoyed both the story and the music.

The song, Wind Beneath My Wings, was actually recorded by several artists before the release of Beaches, including Gladys Knight and the Pips, Sheena Easton, Lee Greenwood and Lou Rawls.  Who knew?  But by far the most popular version was the one sung by Bette Midler in Beaches.  The song, released as a single in early 1989, spent one week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in June 1989 in the U.S.  I found it humorous that in the UK it was the most-played song at British funerals!  I’m scratching my head on that one …

Wind Beneath My Wings
Bette Midler

Ohhhh, oh, oh, oh, ohhh.
It must have been cold there in my shadow,
To never have sunlight on your face.
You were content to let me shine, that’s your way.
You always walked a step behind.

So I was the one with all the glory,
While you were the one with all the strength.
A beautiful face without a name for so long.
A beautiful smile to hide the pain.

Did you ever know that you’re my hero,
And everything I would like to be?
I can fly higher than an eagle,
For you are the wind beneath my wings.

It might have appeared to go unnoticed,
But I’ve got it all here in my heart.
I want you to know I know the truth, of course I know it.
I would be nothing without you.

Did you ever know that you’re my hero?
You’re everything I wish I could be.
I could fly higher than an eagle,
For you are the wind beneath my wings.

Did I ever tell you you’re my hero?
You’re everything, everything I wish I could be.
Oh, and I, I could fly higher than an eagle,
For you are the wind beneath my wings,
’cause you are the wind beneath my wings.

Oh, the wind beneath my wings.
You, you, you, you are the wind beneath my wings.
Fly, fly, fly away. You let me fly so high.
Oh, you, you, you, the wind beneath my wings.
Oh, you, you, you, the wind beneath my wings.

Fly, fly, fly high against the sky,
So high I almost touch the sky.
Thank you, thank you,
Thank God for you, the wind beneath my wings.

Songwriters: Jeff Silbar / Larry Henley / Larry J. Henley
Wind Beneath My Wings lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, BMG Rights Management

15 thoughts on “♫ Wind Beneath My Wings ♫

  1. It is a beautiful piece. Thanks again for sharing. As an American, I also find it funny it would be played at funerals although it’s about memories. Funerals have sometimes been about the joyous times in a person’s life so I can understand that. It’s changed in these later years. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  2. Jill, my wife and I are huge fans of the Divine Ms. M. Her version of this song is the one we favor. My wife has two CDs reserved for road trips – one of Bette’s hits, the other is her singing 40s – 70s music of others.

    There is a reason Johnny Carson had her as his last guest when he retired from The Tonight Show. A genuine down to earth talent. Keith

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    • Awesome! I am always pleased when you like my selections, for you have very diverse musical tastes. I presume you also saw the movie Beaches? I did like that movie … albeit it did make me cry.

      I wasn’t aware that Bette Midler was on Carson’s last show. He was quite an entertainer himself … subtle, self-deprecating, wry, sardonic, but funny as heck!

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      • Jill, we did see and like the movie. I remember Midler’s self-centered character’s line, “Well, that is enough about me. What do you think about me?”

        Yes, she sang “One more for the road,” and the camera caught a tearful Carson watching her sing farewell. She was so moved, she hustled off the stage. Keith

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  3. It’s popularity as a funeral song is no doubt tied to the fact that Bette Midler’s friend dies in the film and the song is meant to honour her. Here the main lyric is meant to show the deceased was the one who gave us strength. A tribute to one gone ahead.
    Cwtch

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      • One of he songs I played at Ju’s funeral was Ho Hey by the Lumineers along with others she loved. At her Dad’s funers we had Hello Mudda, Hello Fada and a great record I can’t recall of the Banana Boat Song being sung in a studio and the singer keeps getting too loud for the band..
        Why be miserable?
        Cwtch

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        • Believe it or not, I had never heard of Ho Hey by the Lumineers. I, of course, then had to go listen to it on YouTube. I like the idea of playing something more upbeat at funerals. I stopped going to funerals about 4 decades ago … I avoid them and weddings, too. And I won’t have a funeral when I die … they can throw a party somewhere and play some of my favourite tunes if they wish, but there will be no solemn, dark funeral a church or a mortuary! Why be miserable indeed!
          Cwtch

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