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"By Your Side" is a song by the English group Sade from their fifth studio album, Lovers Rock (2000). Written by Sade, and produced by Sade and Mike Pela, it was released as the album's lead single in the UK on 13 October 2000, and in the US on 12 January 2001. The track was nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 44th Annual Grammy Awards (2001). The video for this single was directed by Sophie Muller. In 2002, the song was listed as the 48th greatest love song of all time by VH1.

The music video for the song was shot in Los Angeles and was directed by Sophie Muller, who revealed that it is a metaphor for Sade Adu's life. In the video, she is depicted as a mystical figure walking through a forest and into the city. As the singer walks through different scenes, she gathers items such as a rose and a burned wood stick, and puts them in a small sack. At the end of the video, she walks into the city and is seen in the median of the road offering/selling the rose like a flower seller. This strange journey represents her life but "made into a beautiful, mysterious dream."

The idea for the video came when Sade and Muller were driving to the studio and saw people standing in the median of the road selling flowers. At that sight, Muller thought "it was so sad to be constantly rejected by these cars " and thought "Well, it’s not such a bad job to be looking at beautiful flowers all day." This gave rise to the video's concept of someone who has been away, and is now standing offering a flower to someone. At the time, eight years had passed since the group last released an album. The flower Sade offers to passersby at the end of the video symbolizes the band's latest album, Lovers Rock, that she is offering to the world.

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