Stay (David Bowie song)

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Single by David Bowie
from the album Station to Station
B-side "Word on a Wing"
Released July 1976
Format 7"
Recorded September – November 1975 at Cherokee Studios (Los Angeles)
  • 6:15 (album version)
  • 3:21 (single version)
Label RCA Records
Songwriter(s) David Bowie
David Bowie singles chronology
"TVC 15"
"Suffragette City"
"TVC 15"
"Suffragette City"
Station to Station track listing
"TVC 15"
"Wild Is the Wind"

"Stay" is a song written and recorded by David Bowie in 1975 for the album Station to Station, released in January the following year. It was based on the funky guitar lick that dominates the track and which was invented by guitarist Earl Slick during the sessions for the album. In July 1976, the song was released as a single by RCA in the United States The length of the album version of "Stay" is 6:15.

The verse and chorus structures can be traced back to "John, I'm Only Dancing (Again)", a track recorded for the Young Americans album but first released (as a single) in 1979.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Stay" (Bowie) – 3:21
  2. "Word on a Wing" (Bowie) – 3:10

Production credits[edit]

Live versions[edit]

  • A live version recorded at Nassau Coliseum, Long Island, New York on 23 March 1976 was released as a bonus track on the Rykodisc CD release of Station to Station in 1991. It also appears on the 2010 reissues of Station to Station.[3]
  • A concert performance recorded in spring 1978 was released on the 2005 reissue of the live album Stage.[3]
  • A live recording made at the BBC Radio Theatre, London, England on 27 June 2000 was released on the bonus disc accompanying the first releases of Bowie at the Beeb.[3]

Other releases[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

  • Ava Cherry – 3" CD single


  1. ^ Mojica, Frank (4 October 2010). "David Bowie –- Station to Station [Special Edition]". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 1 June 2016.  C1 control character in |title= at position 13 (help)
  2. ^ Pegg 2011, p. 239.
  3. ^ a b c d Pegg 2011, p. 240.


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