Rock Ballad of The Week: INXS “By My Side”

In the dark of the night
Those small hours
Uncertain and anxious
I need to call you

Rooms full of strangers
Some call me friends
But I wish you were so close to me

In the dark of night
Those small hours
I drift away
When I’m with you

In the dark of night
By my side
In the dark of night
By my side
I wish you were
I wish you were

Here comes the clown
His face in a wall
No window
No air at all

In the dark of night
Those faces they haunt me
But I wish you were
So close to me

In the dark of night
By my side
In the dark of night
By my side
I wish you were
I wish you were

In the dark of night
By my side
In the dark of night
By my side
I wish you were
I wish you were

In the dark of night
Those faces they haunt me
But I wish you were
So close to me
Yes, I wish you were
By my side

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Songwriters
FARRISS, ANDREW CHARLES / PENGILLY, KIRK

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By My Side” is a single by Australian band INXS, the third UK single and fourth Australian single taken from their album X. The song is a piano, strings and acoustic guitar-based ballad with a big chorus.

The song was written by Andrew Farriss and Michael Hutchence as part of the 1990 sessions for the X album. Record producer Chris Thomas, who produced the album, is also awarded songwriting credits, specifically contributing to the chorus and arrangement, as explained in the liner notes for the X album special edition in 2002.

“By My Side” peaked at #42 on the UK Singles Chart, which was the band’s poorest chart performance since first breaking into the UK top 40 with “New Sensation” in 1988.

Along with “Never Tear Us Apart“, “By My Side” was one of two INXS songs played at the funeral of frontman Michael Hutchence following his suicide on 22 November 1997.[1]

“By My Side” was used in commercials for Australian insurer NRMA from 2002–2008.[2]

The song also appeared in the final episode of the Moviecity TV series Lynch.

In February 2014, after the Channel 7 screening of “INXS: Never Tear Us Apart” mini-series, “By My Side” charted again in Australia via download sales. It peaked at #67 on the ARIA Singles Chart.

 

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22 thoughts on “Rock Ballad of The Week: INXS “By My Side”

  1. Dave and I were just talking about INXS with our 17-year-old music-loving son and I learned that my husband had seen INXS in concert before they hit it big. Hutchence…what a voice and presence…and tragic loss.

      1. My husband described Hutchence to my son as, at the time, “the guy who makes every other guy feel inferior.” It’s interesting the conversations a family has when trapped in a vehicle together for long road trips! πŸ˜€

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