Stay or Leave Lyrics - Dave Matthews Band and Dave Matthews

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Maybe different, but remember
Winters warm there you and I,
Kissing whiskey by the fire
With the snow outside
And when the summer comes
The river swims at midnight
Shiver cold
Touch the bottom, you and I,
with muddy toes

Stay or leave
I want you not to go
But you should
It was good, as good goes
Stay or leave
I want you not to go
But you did

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Wake up naked drinking coffee,
Making plans to change the world
While the world is changing us...
It was good good love.
We used to laugh under the covers
Maybe not so often now
The way I used to laugh with you
Was loud and hard

Stay or leave
I want you not to go
But you should
It was good as good goes
Stay or leave
I want you not to go
But you did

So what to do
With the rest of the day's afternoon, hey
Well isn't it strange how we change
Everything we did
Did I do all that I should?

That I could'a done

Remember we used to dance
And everyone wanted to be
You and me
I want to be too
What day is this?
Besides the day you left me?
What day is this
Besides the day you went?

So what to do
With the rest of the day's afternoon, hey
Well isn't it strange how we change
Everything we did
Did I do all that I could?

Remember we used to dance
And everyone wanted to be you and me
I want to be too
What day is this?
Besides the day you left baby
What day is this?



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Marine mother | Reviewer: marianne | 11/13/12

There are some songs that just hit you, ya know? When my baby daughter signed up for a five year service with the Marines in February before she graduated high schiol I was in a state of numbness. Some days I was so proud of her decision, others, I was scared and empty inside. How would I get by without her. She was such a deep and constant part of my life? Well she has for the past three years loved Dave's music and I have too...it was a bond we shared. And for her high school graduation, I bought her two tickets to see the DMB in Cincinnatti so that she could take a friend. It was the perfect gift and she loved it! But how could I have known what she did would tear me up the most was to leave the song "Stay or Leave" cued up in my car so it would be the first thing I would hear when she left for boot camp. I cried and cried! But now when I listen to it, even though she still isnt back from boot camp yet, it brings be comfort. Dave, your music is a bond between a new young Marine and her Momma. I just wanted you to know that. ;)

</3 | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/13/12

Me and my boyfriend of six months broke up yesterday. We we're eatchothers first everything. I know thats not that long, and he says we will be together again. But he acts like everything going on is just perfectly fine. While I'm dying inside</3 This song makes me bawl my eyes out/: But yet, I can't stop listening to it...

Still here... | Reviewer: Dan | 5/15/11

After my girlfriend of four years left me, and the few months that have since passed, I find myself lost that I can never tell her how I really feel, as she has quickly got herself a new love interest. She will always be number one in my heart. This song reminds me of her, and of the many days and nights spent together, in each others arms. I wish I could have those days back, but as they say, if it was meant to be it will be. Hopefully it will.

Love is the GREATEST gift ever | Reviewer: Judy | 4/1/11

I believe through experience we all are created for love. We have a soul mate whom we can feel their touch, share their heartbeat, smell their scents when not with them, understand their emotions before they feel them, answer their questions as those answers were being answered simultaneously, most of all interconnect spiritually with God. This song reminds me that man. When you find him, pray God lets you keep him forever.

a man with a broken heart | Reviewer: Dan | 3/13/11

I am but a young man, but I have known love. I spent 2 years of high school and 1 year of college living one and together with the girl who first stole my heart. She broke up with me a little more than a month ago and my heart still crumbles so easily when I wish that I could have one more night with her... Thank you Dave for helping me heal my heart with your music and your words and your experience. It makes me feel human, feel like love and loss are never-ending and so ever-connected. I love you my Love. Always and forever. And I will never stop. Thank you all for sharing your stories. And thank you Dave for this song; it means more to me than you can ever imagine...

I don't know what it is | Reviewer: Cam | 2/26/10

... But, dave matthews songs like this and Dreamgirl, crash into me and some of his more mellow stuff are just so comforting. We can all relate to the stuff he's talking about and that gives us a certain sense of comfort. That, for me, is why I keep listening to this great music

my heart was stolen by the wind | Reviewer: Lydia | 12/27/09

I met a man who blew into town, those damn drifters. I don't fall in love easy, but he stole my heart with his beautiful starry eyes and Texas guitar melodies. He had to go and I knew it was the right thing to do. Now he's 500 miles away with my heart in his hip pocket. Id give anything for one more night of whiskey and love making, but that will have to wait. This song is my song to him, oh I love him so.

I want to be too... | Reviewer: elle dub | 9/4/09

this song is a tell all. an amazingly beautiful song,however sad and heartbreaking. it speaks the truth in so many ways. when my ex-boyfriend broke up with me, i listened to this the entire 3 hours home, while bawling my face off. it was only a one month long relationship, that ended with "i'm sorry", from his part, and i just broke in half. this song helped a lot. i realized that i wasn't the only person to deal with this kind of pain. "Did I do all that I should? That I could've done."

Eerily perfect | Reviewer: Kat | 7/3/09

I am moving across the country in a little more than a month and I am leaving my long time boyfriend behind. Listening to this song just makes me want to stay, but I know it is better for me to leave. Perhaps when he listens to this song he will miss me too and remember that there are reasons to keep the relationship going despite the distance.
How can one man have such a wealth of knowledge and experience? Dave Matthew's never fails to amaze me and reduce me to shivers.

Wake up naked drinking coffee | Reviewer: Katie | 5/27/09

"Wake up naked drinking coffee making plans to change the world...while the world is changing us...."
Doesn't this just say it all? We always think we are in control, but there are so many wake up calls throughout life. We don't have control of anything! I love this song...more than any other Dave song. It means so much in so many ways. Just one of many great songs from a musical genius!

stay or leave... | Reviewer: Ande | 3/26/09

I fostered a little boy since he was 6 months old. I used to hum the melody to this song cause he it relaxed him to sleep every night. He left after 11 months to live with his maternal grandmother. He had to go, I did all I could to keep him here. Its very hard to listen to song and not miss the little boy who was my son for so long. Its a powerful song...and it means much for me now.

somehow cheers me up.. weird huh.. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/24/09

In times of despair and heartbreak I always turn to Dave. He somehow finds a way to put what I feel into words when I seem to have lost them myself. I have literally every song he has ever made, I somehow lost this one among the 490 +/- I have, but when my ex and I split I hit shuffle on the play list and this was the first one that came up.. have to say at first I balled, then after listening to it a couple times, it helped me remember the good times and realize that what we had (the ex and I) had run its course and took some of the bitterness away. It helped me stay friends with an amazing girl that I don't know what I would do without. So Dave, if your ever read this (doubtful), Thank you for always finding a way to put things in perspective and making the most amazing music to ever enter my ears. :)

Yeah... I know... | Reviewer: Mark | 1/8/09

I was there... I know the timeline. I was thinking in retrospect, but... way to be a killjoy. I also have the recording, if you want me to quote a bit more of the concert I could. Think on a higher plain dude. Subject to interpretation. It was my review of the song.

Song at Alpine | Reviewer: CMeshes | 1/2/09

Sorry to burst your bubble, but LeRoi was in good health during the Alpine shows. He passed suddenly about 10 days later. If you download the show, Dave clearly says "I think..I think the love of my life is here somewhere. So I'm gonna play this song for her, cuz today's her birthday."

Amazing and Touching, as Always | Reviewer: Mark K | 11/18/08

I did notice that Dave Matthews started to cry when he played this song at Alpine this year. Stay or Leave... he did not want LeRoi to go... what's even more sad, is that LeRoi did leave, he went on to a higher plain. We are blessed to have the music of all these gentleman to live in history.


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