Stay With Me
Patina Miller Lyrics


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What did I clearly say?
Children must listen
No, no, please
What were you not to do?
Children must see
No
And learn
Why could you not obey?
Children should listen
What have I been to you?
What would you have me be?
Handsome like a Prince?

Ha, but I am old
I am ugly
I embarrass you
No
Yes
You are ashamed of me
No
You are ashamed

You don't understand

It was lonely atop that tower
I was not company enough?
I am no longer a child
I wish to see the world

Don't you know what's out there in the world?
Someone has to shield you from the world
Stay with me

Princes wait there in the world, it's true
Princes, yes, but wolves and humans, too
Stay at home
I am home

Who out there could love you more than I?
What out there that I cannot supply?
Stay with me

Stay with me
The world is dark and wild




Stay a child while you can be a child
With me

Overall Meaning

In Patina Miller's song "Stay With Me," the lyrics tell a poignant story of a mother's plea to her child to stay with her and not venture into the unknown world. The song starts with the mother asking what she clearly said, emphasizing the importance of children listening to their parents. She expresses concern that her child did not follow her instructions and did not see or learn what they were supposed to.


The mother then questions why her child could not obey, reiterating that children should listen. She asks what she has been to her child and what she should be, suggesting that she could be handsome like a prince. However, she immediately dismisses this idea, acknowledging her old age and appearance that embarrasses her child. Despite the mother's denial, she reveals that she feels her child is ashamed of her.


Feeling misunderstood, the mother reflects on her loneliness while trapped in a tower, questioning if she was not enough company for her child. She emphasizes her desire to see the outside world, highlighting the dangers that exist beyond their home. She believes that as a parent, it is her responsibility to shield her child from these potential threats and urges them to stay with her.


In the final chorus, the mother acknowledges that there may be princes in the world, referring to potential love interests, but reminds her child that there are also wolves and humans who may cause harm. She insists that they should stay at home, claiming that she is their home. The mother questions who could love her child more than she does and what they could possibly find outside that she cannot provide. The song concludes with a heartfelt plea for her child to stay with her, as she believes the world is dark and wild and wants them to remain a child for as long as they can be with her.


Overall, "Stay With Me" explores the complex emotions and concerns a mother experiences as she tries to protect and guide her child through life. It emphasizes the bond between a parent and a child and highlights the mother's fear of what could happen if her child ventures into the unknown.


Line by Line Meaning

What did I clearly say?
What instructions or guidelines did I clearly communicate?


Children must listen
Children should pay attention and heed those instructions


No, no, please
I insist, please understand


What were you not to do?
What specific action or behavior were you prohibited from?


Children must see
Children should observe and understand their surroundings


No
I disagree


And learn
In order to gain knowledge or wisdom


Why could you not obey?
What prevented you from following instructions or rules?


Children should listen
Children ought to listen attentively and follow guidance


What have I been to you?
What role or position have I held in your life?


What would you have me be?
What do you desire or expect me to be?


Handsome like a Prince?
Do you expect me to possess physical beauty like a prince?


Ha, but I am old
However, I am advanced in age


I am ugly
I do not possess beauty according to societal standards


I embarrass you
My actions or presence make you feel uncomfortable or ashamed


No
I disagree


Yes
That is true or correct


You are ashamed of me
You feel embarrassed or humiliated by my presence or association


No
I disagree


You are ashamed
You feel ashamed or embarrassed


You don't understand
You lack comprehension or insight into the situation


It was lonely atop that tower
I experienced a sense of isolation while being on top of the tower


I was not company enough?
Was my presence alone not sufficient companionship?


I am no longer a child
I have grown and matured beyond childhood


I wish to see the world
I desire to explore and experience the world beyond my current surroundings


Don't you know what's out there in the world?
Are you aware of the dangers or uncertainties present in the world?


Someone has to shield you from the world
There must be someone who protects you from the harsh realities of the world


Stay with me
Remain in my presence and under my care


Princes wait there in the world, it's true
In the world, there may be noble or desirable individuals


Princes, yes, but wolves and humans, too
However, in addition to princes, there are also dangerous and deceitful people


Stay at home
Remain within the safety and familiarity of your current environment


I am home
I am your home or a place where you can find comfort and security


Who out there could love you more than I?
Is there anyone else in the world who could love you more deeply than I do?


What out there that I cannot supply?
What is it out in the world that I am incapable of providing for you?


Stay with me
Remain in my presence and under my care


Stay with me
Remain in my presence and under my care


The world is dark and wild
The world is full of uncertainty, danger, and chaos


Stay a child while you can be a child
Continue to embrace your innocence and youthfulness as long as possible


With me
In my company or under my care




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Songtrust Ave, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Stephen Sondheim

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