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image and song lyric below the fold

An appeal with the pictures of the four foreign aid workers appears in a local newspaper put up by the families of the kidnap victims held by insurgents in central Baghdad December 24, 2005. The families of the four kidnap victims has made an appeal in form of an advertisement to an Arabic newspaper for the release of the aid workers being held for more than one month now.
REUTERS/Faleh Kheiber

Stand By Me
by King/Leiber/Stoller
as sung by Ben E. King

When the night has come
And the land is dark
And the moon is the only light we see
No, I won’t be afraid
Oh, I won’t be afraid
Just as long as you stand
Stand by me, so

Darling darling stand by me
Oh, stand by me
Oh stand, stand by me, stand by me

If the sky that we look upon
Should tumble and fall
If the mountain
Should crumble to the sea
I won’t cry, I won’t cry
No, I won’t shed a tear
Just as long as you stand
Stand by me, and

Whenever you’re in trouble
Won’t you stand by me, oh stand by me

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