Stay (Wasting Time)

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"Stay (Wasting Time)"
Single by Dave Matthews Band
from the album Before These Crowded Streets
Released 1998
Format CD single
Genre Rock
Length 5:35 (Album version)
4:34 (Album/remix edit)
Label RCA
Songwriter(s) Matthews, Lessard, LeRoi Moore
Producer(s) Steve Lillywhite
Dave Matthews Band singles chronology
"Don't Drink the Water"
"Stay (Wasting Time)"

"Don't Drink the Water"
"Stay (Wasting Time)"

"Stay (Wasting Time)" is a song by the Dave Matthews Band, released as the second single off their album Before These Crowded Streets. As a single, it reached #8 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart, #33 on the Top 40 Mainstream, and #20 on the Adult 40. The song features The Lovely Ladies (Tawatha Agee, Cindy Myzell, and Brenda White King) on background vocals.

The song has been used as a set closer or as an encore frequently in their live performances. This song is one of the few which do not differ greatly from its studio version when performed live. The only major difference that occurs during live performances is that sometimes the ending of the song features improvisation.

The song was used by the Virginia Tourism Corporation for a 2005 television commercial.[1] It was also featured in the 2007 film The Kingdom.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Stay (Wasting Time)" (Remix Edit) — 4:34
  2. "Stay (Wasting Time)" (Album Edit) — 4:34
  3. "Stay (Wasting Time)" (Album Version) — 5:36

Australian Version[edit]

  1. "Stay (Wasting Time)" (Edit) - 2:55
  2. "Stay (Wasting Time)" (Album Edit) - 4:30
  3. "Lover Lay Down" - 6:22

Live releases[edit]

A live performance of "Stay (Wasting Time)" is featured on the following albums:


Chart (1998) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100 Airplay 44
US Billboard Mainstream Top 40 33
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 8
US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 35
US Billboard Adult Top 40 20


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