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Stay
Sugarland Lyrics


I've been sitting here staring at the clock on the wall
And I've been laying here praying, praying she won't call
It's just another call from home
And you'll get it and be gone
And I'll be crying

And I'll be begging you, baby
Beg you not to leave
But I'll be left here waiting
With my heart on my sleeve
Oh, for the next time we'll be here
Seems like a million years
And I think I'm dying

What do I have to do to make you see
She can't love you like me?

Why don't you stay
I'm down on my knees
I'm so tired of being lonely
Don't I give you what you need?
When she calls you to go
There is one thing you should know
We don't have to live this way
Baby, why don't you stay?

You keep telling me, baby
There will come a time
When you will leave her arms
And forever be in mine
But I don't think that's the truth
And I don't like being used and I'm tired of waiting
It's too much pain to have to bear
To love a man you have to share

Why don't you stay
I'm down on my knees
I'm so tired of being lonely
Don't I give you what you need?
When she calls you to go
There is one thing you should know
We don't have to live this way
Baby, why don't you stay?

I can't take it any longer
But my will is getting stronger
And I think I know just what I have to do
I can't waste another minute
After all that I've put in it
I've given you my best
Why does she get the best of you?
So next time you find you wanna leave her bed for mine

Why don't you stay
I'm up off my knees
I'm so tired of being lonely
You can't give me what I need
When she begs you not to go
There is one thing you should know
I don't have to live this way
Baby, why don't you stay? Yeah
Oh, oh, oh

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Jennifer O. Nettles

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Jasmin Adams

The Story Behind Sugarland’s “Stay”
Jennifer Nettles Inspired by Reba McEntire's "Whoever's in New England"
by Lindsey Roznovsky 12/28/2007

Sugarland’s “Stay” is the first of the duo’s chart-topping songs to solely be written by singer Jennifer Nettles. Although she has never lived the storyline of the song, she knew the subject of betrayal is something everyone could relate to, yet she wanted to tell the story from a different viewpoint.

The song was written four years ago and inspired by Reba McEntire’s “Whoever’s in New England,” which was written from the perspective of a wife whose husband is cheating on her. Nettles knew countless songs written from that viewpoint but none from the other two people involved. She says most people don’t realize that even the person who is doing the cheating gets hurt as well.

“Even though the person who is cheating might think he or she is getting away with something, they know they aren’t living their highest truth,” she says. “And they wouldn’t be in the situation if they were just happy-go-lucky in the first place. Nobody is happy in this situation.”

Once she decided to write the song from the other woman’s perspective, Nettles was overwhelmed with emotions and says the song pretty much wrote itself.

“You know, it was just in a couple of sittings on my couch,” she explains. “And once the first line came, ’I’ve been sitting here staring at the clock on the wall. I’ve been laying here, praying she won’t call,’ the story just unfolded.”

Kristian Bush, the other half of Sugarland, remembers being blown away by the lyrics the first time he heard the song.

“This is one of those first times when you become like Bob Dylan, where you are writing the character’s story rather than your story,” he notes. “And it’s a huge moment, and I am humbled around people who write like this. When I heard that song, I was like, ’Oh, my gosh. This is a heavy hitter of a writer here. This is a monster of a machine that is about to write songs.'”

“Stay” was one of the first songs Nettles and Bush wanted recorded for Enjoy the Ride because they knew the song would resonate with fans. While headlining the recent CMT on Tour, the duo encountered several fans who gave them the strength to speak out in their own relationships. Nettles said she knows how hard it is to say something you know is for your own good but at the same time doesn’t feel good while you’re saying it. And in that moment of standing up for what is right for yourself, she says, you’ll be amazed at how powerful and liberated you feel.

Bush says they often got odd looks from audience members wondering whether the song had anything to do with his and Nettles’ relationship. Bush is married and says his relationship with Nettles is a brother-sister relationship. His “big brother” instincts came out when they taped the video for “Stay,” as Nettles became overwhelmingly emotional.

Bush recalls, “Immediately, I was just like, ’Everybody stop. Stop this! Y’all leave the room. Y’all made her cry.’ I was like a knuckle-draggin’ dad or a husband or something. I was really freaked out.”

He went to console Nettles, who had stepped out of the room, and offered to send everyone home, saying they could continue taping the following day. But Nettles assured him she was fine and continued to cry during the next three takes, making it hard for Bush to watch.

“About that time, I’m spent,” he said. “It’s not even noon and I’m emotionally drained. They had to tie me down to watch all of this happen. It was like watching someone torture your friend.”



Jasmin Adams

@Valerie S The Story Behind Sugarland’s “Stay”
Jennifer Nettles Inspired by Reba McEntire's "Whoever's in New England"
by Lindsey Roznovsky 12/28/2007

Sugarland’s “Stay” is the first of the duo’s chart-topping songs to solely be written by singer Jennifer Nettles. Although she has never lived the storyline of the song, she knew the subject of betrayal is something everyone could relate to, yet she wanted to tell the story from a different viewpoint.

The song was written four years ago and inspired by Reba McEntire’s “Whoever’s in New England,” which was written from the perspective of a wife whose husband is cheating on her. Nettles knew countless songs written from that viewpoint but none from the other two people involved. She says most people don’t realize that even the person who is doing the cheating gets hurt as well.

“Even though the person who is cheating might think he or she is getting away with something, they know they aren’t living their highest truth,” she says. “And they wouldn’t be in the situation if they were just happy-go-lucky in the first place. Nobody is happy in this situation.”

Once she decided to write the song from the other woman’s perspective, Nettles was overwhelmed with emotions and says the song pretty much wrote itself.

“You know, it was just in a couple of sittings on my couch,” she explains. “And once the first line came, ’I’ve been sitting here staring at the clock on the wall. I’ve been laying here, praying she won’t call,’ the story just unfolded.”

Kristian Bush, the other half of Sugarland, remembers being blown away by the lyrics the first time he heard the song.

“This is one of those first times when you become like Bob Dylan, where you are writing the character’s story rather than your story,” he notes. “And it’s a huge moment, and I am humbled around people who write like this. When I heard that song, I was like, ’Oh, my gosh. This is a heavy hitter of a writer here. This is a monster of a machine that is about to write songs.'”

“Stay” was one of the first songs Nettles and Bush wanted recorded for Enjoy the Ride because they knew the song would resonate with fans. While headlining the recent CMT on Tour, the duo encountered several fans who gave them the strength to speak out in their own relationships. Nettles said she knows how hard it is to say something you know is for your own good but at the same time doesn’t feel good while you’re saying it. And in that moment of standing up for what is right for yourself, she says, you’ll be amazed at how powerful and liberated you feel.

Bush says they often got odd looks from audience members wondering whether the song had anything to do with his and Nettles’ relationship. Bush is married and says his relationship with Nettles is a brother-sister relationship. His “big brother” instincts came out when they taped the video for “Stay,” as Nettles became overwhelmingly emotional.

Bush recalls, “Immediately, I was just like, ’Everybody stop. Stop this! Y’all leave the room. Y’all made her cry.’ I was like a knuckle-draggin’ dad or a husband or something. I was really freaked out.”

He went to console Nettles, who had stepped out of the room, and offered to send everyone home, saying they could continue taping the following day. But Nettles assured him she was fine and continued to cry during the next three takes, making it hard for Bush to watch.

“About that time, I’m spent,” he said. “It’s not even noon and I’m emotionally drained. They had to tie me down to watch all of this happen. It was like watching someone torture your friend.”



Jasmin Adams

The Story Behind Sugarland’s “Stay”
Jennifer Nettles Inspired by Reba McEntire's "Whoever's in New England"
by Lindsey Roznovsky 12/28/2007

Sugarland’s “Stay” is the first of the duo’s chart-topping songs to solely be written by singer Jennifer Nettles. Although she has never lived the storyline of the song, she knew the subject of betrayal is something everyone could relate to, yet she wanted to tell the story from a different viewpoint.

The song was written four years ago and inspired by Reba McEntire’s “Whoever’s in New England,” which was written from the perspective of a wife whose husband is cheating on her. Nettles knew countless songs written from that viewpoint but none from the other two people involved. She says most people don’t realize that even the person who is doing the cheating gets hurt as well.

“Even though the person who is cheating might think he or she is getting away with something, they know they aren’t living their highest truth,” she says. “And they wouldn’t be in the situation if they were just happy-go-lucky in the first place. Nobody is happy in this situation.”

Once she decided to write the song from the other woman’s perspective, Nettles was overwhelmed with emotions and says the song pretty much wrote itself.

“You know, it was just in a couple of sittings on my couch,” she explains. “And once the first line came, ’I’ve been sitting here staring at the clock on the wall. I’ve been laying here, praying she won’t call,’ the story just unfolded.”

Kristian Bush, the other half of Sugarland, remembers being blown away by the lyrics the first time he heard the song.

“This is one of those first times when you become like Bob Dylan, where you are writing the character’s story rather than your story,” he notes. “And it’s a huge moment, and I am humbled around people who write like this. When I heard that song, I was like, ’Oh, my gosh. This is a heavy hitter of a writer here. This is a monster of a machine that is about to write songs.'”

“Stay” was one of the first songs Nettles and Bush wanted recorded for Enjoy the Ride because they knew the song would resonate with fans. While headlining the recent CMT on Tour, the duo encountered several fans who gave them the strength to speak out in their own relationships. Nettles said she knows how hard it is to say something you know is for your own good but at the same time doesn’t feel good while you’re saying it. And in that moment of standing up for what is right for yourself, she says, you’ll be amazed at how powerful and liberated you feel.

Bush says they often got odd looks from audience members wondering whether the song had anything to do with his and Nettles’ relationship. Bush is married and says his relationship with Nettles is a brother-sister relationship. His “big brother” instincts came out when they taped the video for “Stay,” as Nettles became overwhelmingly emotional.

Bush recalls, “Immediately, I was just like, ’Everybody stop. Stop this! Y’all leave the room. Y’all made her cry.’ I was like a knuckle-draggin’ dad or a husband or something. I was really freaked out.”

He went to console Nettles, who had stepped out of the room, and offered to send everyone home, saying they could continue taping the following day. But Nettles assured him she was fine and continued to cry during the next three takes, making it hard for Bush to watch.

“About that time, I’m spent,” he said. “It’s not even noon and I’m emotionally drained. They had to tie me down to watch all of this happen. It was like watching someone torture your friend.”



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mike rayner videos

Wow!.. i've never felt such emotion from a song <3

James Thompson

@Robert Endicott xs1

Denise Cooke

Yessss

Mark Marinaccio

STAY! Dont have to ask me twice. The Emotion is from her soul. Is she that good of an entertainer or their is a huge HURT in her broken heart. I want yo hug her and make things better. Poor little Angel. 5- Stars

Keyara Kay-Mitchell

Lost boy

Nelson Wesson

@Debra Shiflet hello Debra

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browneyedgirl

This song helped me walk away and know that I am worth so much more!! Lies and heartache and holding on to someone you love so much, to just be an option.. never again.. my heart still aches but I know that it will heal and I will get what I deserve from someone that deserves me! Thank you for such a great and emotion filled song.. it really touched me and helped me!!

Don Mullins

I IS A PAINFULL Rroad but you will get better . It took me 6 or 7 months hang in there (a friend)

Gary Mullins

Nothing. Hurts. Worse. Than. A broken. Heart 💖💖❤️. Been. There

Tammy

Same here. Walking away was so extremely hard because the love I have for him is so deep. Yet not a good enough reasoning on His end because he has to face his fears. Don't want to go, but I deserve to be a priority and not an option to someone. I will keep fighting.

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