STAY Lyrics - Jackson Browne

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Now the seats are all empty
Let the roadies take the stage
Pack it up and tear it down
They're the first to come and the last to leave
Working for that minimum wage
They'll set it up in another town
Tonight the people were so fine
They waited there in line
And when they got up on their feet,
They made the show, and that was sweet,
But I can hear the sound of slamming doors and folding chairs
and that's a sound they'll never know

Now roll them cases and lift them amps
and haul them trusses down and get'um up them ramps
'Cause when it comes to moving me,
you know you guys are the champs
but when that last guitar's been packed away,
you know that I still want to play.
So just make sure you got it all set to go
before you come for this piano

But the band's on the bus,
and they're waiting to go.
We gotta drive all night
And do a show in Chicago... or Detroit.
I don't know, we do so many shows in a row.
And these towns all look the same.
we just pass the time in the hotel rooms
and wander around backstage.
Till those lights come up, and we hear that crowd,
and we remember why we came.

Now we got country and western on the bus,
R & B, we got disco in 8-tracks and cassettes in stereo
We've got rural scenes and magazines
And we've got truckers on CB
We got Richard Pryor on the video
And we got time to think of the ones we love
While the miles roll away
but the only time that seems too short is the time that we get to play
People you've got the power over what we do
You can sit there and wait
or you can pull us through.
Come along, sing this song
You know that you can't go wrong
'Cause when that mornin' sun comes beating down
you're gonna wake up in your town
But we'll be scheduled to appear
a thousand miles away from here

People stay just a little bit longer
We want to play -- just a little bit longer
Now the promoter don't mind
And the union don't mind
If we take a little time
And we leave it all behind and sing
One more song
Oh won’t you stay just a little bit longer
Please, please, please say you will
Say you will

Oh won’t you stay just a little bit longer
Oh please, please stay just a little bit more

Now the promoter don’t mind
And the roadies don’t mind
If we take a little time
And we leave this all behind and sing
One more song

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Stay: Jackson Browne (70s) or Maurice Williams (60s) | Reviewer: Helen Bouslaugh | 6/8/14

I love both versions of this classic tune. Listening to both right now...Yet, I would love to know who, how and when were the lyrics Jackson Browne uses written/changed from the original version?

YouTube video of "stay" | Reviewer: John | 6/22/13

I think the 70s version on YouTube is the best. It can be viewed as inspirational or reflective, just depends on your mood. I would like to know who the young lady singing part of the back is, she can really hit those high notes.

High voices | Reviewer: Annie | 9/9/11

There are two separate people who sing that chorus in Stay, --one is Rosemary Butler sings it one time and David Lindley sings it one time. Rosemary Butler is one incredible voice, hits the real high notes. Lindley is the falsetto.

It's a fun, fun song. | Reviewer: Tank | 6/12/10

Ever since I was about 14 years old, this song alway put a smile on my face. As a guy that appriciates music and what these guys do as entertainers, Jackson nailed life on the road and made this one of the best driving songs of all time.

High Voice | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/28/09

The guy singing the falsetto part is David Lindley who also plays lap steel guitar for the band during the Running On Empty tour. It definitely isn't Jackson or Frankie Valli (who sang "Sherry" but also made a cover of the original song "Stay" back in the 60s.

Better than Dirty Dancing's version | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/4/08

I love it when radio plays this version. Jackson Browne R-O-C-K-S. By far this one is MUCH better than the Dirty Dancing rendition. Very clean, crisp, and so newer, it just FLOWS. And the beat and tempo are slower and much, much nicer, it really puts you in the mood to just grab your partner and Tango! The slower tempo sends shivers up my spine every time.


High/Falsetto Voice-Stay | Reviewer: John Richards | 3/26/08

That was David Lindley that played steel slide guitar and sang in a falsetto voice. He appeared now and then with Jackson Brown in the 70's and was there for this best ever live recording of Load/Stay.

high voice | Reviewer: matt | 3/18/08

no, that high voice in stay definitely isn't Jackson... I think it's the singer from the Four Seasons (like in Sherry Baby), or maybe it's someone like Eddie Holman (Hey There Lonely Girl). All I know is that it's one of those singers that always uses falsetto.

Help Please | Reviewer: David Dueitt | 1/29/08

I would like to know if J.Brown actually sang the high parts in the song stay, it sounds like a women but I've always wondered. Is this part done by a backup singer or does he actually get that high with his voice.


hello | Reviewer: kevin connolly | 5/21/07

Now we got country western on the bus,""

i belive he says " R and B" after this part

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