"Stay with Me", written by Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood, was first recorded by their band Faces for the 1971 album A Nod Is As Good As a Wink... to a Blind Horse. The song has also appeared on various Faces compilations and on albums by both songwriters. The lyrics describe a woman named Rita with "red lips, hair and fingernails" he "found... down on the floor"; the singer proposes a one-night stand on the condition that she must be gone when he wakes up.
"Stay with Me" reached number 17 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and spent two weeks at number 10 on the Cash Box Top 100. The song also reached number 6 in the UK and number 4 in Canada.
In 1993, Stewart reunited with Wood for a session of MTV Unplugged. They recorded a live version of the song which appears on the album Unplugged...and Seated (1993).