I'm a bit confused about the bolded part in the following passage(partly monologue). Is のように shows that 「傍にいてほしい{スタンド・バイ・ミー}」 is the part from the song?

Like in the old, nostalgic song, 'Stand by me'.

Or the speaker says that he want Ayane to be with him like the old, nostalgic song?





It's a word play. The person wants the other person to be close (stand by me), in the similar way the old nostalgic song (Stand By Me) is close to that person's heart (Stand by me, like the song "Stand by me" stands by me).

  • I see, thank you. But could you please explain, how can we say my first assumption "Like in the old, nostalgic song, 'Stand by me'.", in Japanese? 「古く懐かしい歌にあったように、傍にいてほしい。」? – renchan Oct 2 '15 at 9:22
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    @DarkAkira: Yeah that sounds correct – Enno Shioji Oct 2 '15 at 9:23

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