Stay

Bernard Butler

About Stay

"Stay" is the debut single from Bernard Butler released in January 1998. It is the lead single taken from the album People Move On and charted at number 12 on the UK Singles Chart.


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1998
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These days are wastin' away
The kind I'd rather save

Don't go, stay
Don't go, stay

I, I hope it don't rain
The sky is laughing again

Don't go, stay... this time
Don't go, just stay... this time

I know I've gotta move with the times
For you to be mine, for you to be mine
I tried to believe what you say
That you won't change if you just stay

Don't go, just stay... this time

I know I've gotta move with the times
For you to be mine, for you to be mine
I tried to believe what you say
That you won't change if you just stay

Don't go, stay... this time
Don't go, just stay... this time
 
You remember that fear's on your side
Good people gonna keep you alive
And you remember the tears in my eyes
When all the things you do blow your mind

Don't go, stay... this time
Don't go, just stay... this time

Stay, stay
Don't go
Stay...
Don't go

Don't go

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Bernard Butler

Bernard Joseph Butler (born 1 May 1970, Stamford Hill, North London) is an English musician and record producer. He first emerged in the early Britpop era with Suede. He has been hailed by some critics as the greatest guitarist of his generation, as well as one of Britain's most original and influential guitarists. He was voted the 24th greatest guitarist of the last 30 years in a national 2010 BBC poll. more »

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Written by: Bernard Butler

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12 facts about this song

Genre Classification
"Stay" by Bernard Butler is considered a rock song, particularly falling under the sub-genre of britpop.
Album Specification
"Stay" is one of Bernard Butler's most popular songs and was included in his debut album, "People Move On," released in 1998.
Chart Performance
Upon its release, "Stay" was successful in the UK, peaking at number 12 on the UK Singles Chart.
Album Record
Bernard Butler’s album "People Move On," which includes "Stay," was recorded at The Church Studios, owned by Dave Stewart of Eurythmics.
Solo Debut
"Stay" was the first single Bernard Butler released as a solo artist, after leaving the band Suede in 1994.
IIustration of Skills
The song "Stay" has been lauded for showcasing Butler's renowned guitar playing skills and ability to write emotive lyrics.
Critical Reviews
Critics praised "Stay" for its melodic hook and layered guitar work, characterizing it as a standout track on "People Move On".
Inspiration
Bernard Butler has identified multiple musical influences, such as Phil Spector, Johnny Marr, and The Smiths, which can be heard in the style of "Stay".
Collaboration Details
"Stay" features backing vocals by Edwyn Collins, a Scottish musician and producer who has been a significant influence within the Britpop scene.
Re-releases
“Stay” has been re-released multiple times over the years, demonstrating the song's enduring popularity and relevance.
Personal Significance
Butler has expressed that "Stay" holds a special place in his solo discography, as it's the song that marked his transition from being a band member to a solo artist.
Music Video
The music video for "Stay" captures Butler playing the guitar in an intense, focused manner complementing the song’s emotional depth and musical complexity.

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