Stay a Little Longer
|"Stay a Little Longer"|
|"(Stay All Night)"|
|Song by Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys|
|Writer(s)||Bob Wills/Tommy Duncan|
|Recorded by||(many, many other artists)|
- Stay all night, stay a little longer,
- Dance all night, dance a little longer,
- Pull off your coat, throw it in the corner,
- Don't see why you can't stay a little longer.
The song consists of a number of unrelated verses, one of which (verse three) comes from an old folk song—"Shinbone Alley":
- You ought to see my Blue Eyed Sally,
- She lives way down on Shinbone Alley.
- Number on the gate, the number on the door,
- The next house over is the grocery store.
Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys recorded it in 1945 and it reached #3 in 1946. Willie Nelson (#22, 1973) and Mel Tillis (#17, 1982) also charted Top 40 hits. The song has been recorded numerous times.
- Cohen, Folk Music, p. 209-210: "A version of 'Shinbone Alley' was published in 1833, though its origins may be still older.
- "Old Miss Tuck and my aunt Sallie
- "Both lived down in shinbone alley.
- "No sign on the gate, no number on the door;
- "Folks around here are gittin might poor."
- Whitburn, The Billboard Book of Top 40 Country Hits, p. 493
- Cohen, Norm. Folk Music: A Regional Exploration. Greenwood Press, 2005. ISBN 0-313-32872-2
- Whitburn, Joel. The Billboard Book of Top 40 Country Hits. Billboard Books, 2006. ISBN 0-8230-8291-1
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