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If You Want Me To Stay
by Red Hot Chili Peppers

If you want me to stay I'll be around today
To be available for you to see
I'm about to go there then you'll know
For me to stay here I've got to be me

You'll never be in doubt that's what it's all about
You can't take me for granted and smile
Count the days I'm gone
Forget reachin' me by phone
'Cause I promise I'll be gone for a while

And when you see me again I hope that you have been
The kind of person that you really are now
You got to get it straight
How could I ever be late
When you're my woman taking up my time

Oh how could I ever allow
I guess I wonder how
I could get out a pocket for fun
When you know that you're never number two
Number one's gonna be number one

I'll be good I wish I could get this message over to you now

When you see me again I hope that you have been
The kind of person that you really are now
I'll be so good I wish I could

Get this message over to you now
Get this message over to you now
I'll be so good I wish I could

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: SYLVESTER STEWART

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christine dawson

Sly and the Family Stone made the best music.

AIDS

Hell yeah they did, so did rhcp and Pfunk

Cadu

@Andrea Cattani yeah
spot light

Andrea Cattani

Right, but dont forget Parliament Funkedelik too

TripleFinal

Just discovering this hidden pearl on 2020 during quarantine

pringelsthegamefreak

I love the trumpets and the bass here

Pretty Flacko

[Verse 1]
If you want me to stay
I'll be around today
To be available for you to see
I'm about to go there
Then you'll know
For me to stay here
I've got to be me
You'll never be in doubt
That's what it's all about
You can't take me for granted and smile
Count the days I'm gone
Forget reachin' me by phone
Cause I promise
I'll be gone for a while

[Chorus]
And when you see me again
I hope that you have been
The kind of person
That you really are now

[Verse 2]
You got to get it straight
How could I ever be late
When you're my woman
Taking up my time
Oh how could I ever allow
I guess I wonder how
I could get out a pocket for fun
When you know that
You're never number two
Number one's gonna be number one

I'll be good
I wish I could
Get this message over to you now

[Chorus]
When you see me again
I hope that you have been
The kind of person
That you really are now
I'll be so good
I wish I could
Get this message over to you now

Get this message over to you now
I'll be so good
I wish I could

Ghost Town Orchestra [Official]

thanks

James Walton

That vocal line in the background that comes in at 1:48 is such a great addition. When I listened to the original I was surprised it wasn't there. It's integral to the song in my mind now. Thank you George for finding a way to make a perfect song even better. I mean, Keidis is no Sly on the vocals obviously but it's still a great version.

James Walton

@P H wow, I never knew - thank you! Sounds like George still polished up a bit in the studio compared to the live clip you posted, but good to know.

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