Stay with Me (Faces song)

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"Stay with Me"
Single by Faces
from the album A Nod Is As Good As a Wink... to a Blind Horse
  • "You're So Rude" (US)
  • "Debris" (Intl.)
ReleasedDecember 1971; November 2019 (Rod Stewart version)
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood
Producer(s)Faces, Glyn Johns
Faces singles chronology
"(I Know) I'm Losing You"
"Stay with Me"
"Cindy Incidentally"
Alternative cover
International single sleeve
"Stay with Me" on YouTube

"Stay with Me" is a song by English rock band Faces, written jointly by lead singer Rod Stewart and guitarist Ronnie Wood. Released from the band's third studio album A Nod Is As Good As a Wink... to a Blind Horse (1971), it became their only major hit in the United States, although they had a further three Top 20 singles in the UK chart. The song has also appeared on various Faces compilations and on albums by both songwriters. The lyrics describe a woman named Rita, who has a face that she has "nothing to laugh about", and with whom the singer proposes a one-night stand, on the condition that she be gone when he wakes up.

"Stay with Me" reached number 17 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and spent two weeks at number 10 on the Cash Box Top 100.[2] The song also reached number 6 in the UK Singles Chart[3] and number 4 in Canada.[4]

The song was featured during the closing credits of the 2005 comedy film Wedding Crashers.

Re-recordings and cover versions[edit]

In 1993 Stewart, reunited with Wood for MTV Unplugged, recorded a live version of the song, which appears on the 1993 album Unplugged...and Seated (1993).[5]

Def Leppard covered the song on Yeah! "Phil [Collen, guitarist] sang 'Stay with Me'," noted singer Joe Elliott. "It's his best Rod Stewart impression. I played the Fender Rhodes, he got to sing. There was a lot of instrument-swapping going on. Vivian [Campbell, guitarist] played some great Ronnie Wood slide guitar."[6]

The band Train covered the song on their 2004 album Alive at Last.[7]

In 2007, the song was covered by McFly as a b-side to their single "Do Ya" which was released for Children in Need.

In 2019, Mary J. Blige covered the song for the soundtrack of The Umbrella Academy.[8]




Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[14] Silver 200,000

Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ Janovitz, Bill. "Stay With Me by Faces - Track Info | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 January 2023.
  2. ^ a b "Cash Box Top 100 2/26/72". Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  3. ^ a b "stay with me | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  4. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 17, No. 3, March 04 1972". 1 October 2014. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Unplugged....And Seated - Rod Stewart | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic.
  6. ^ Ling, Dave (July 2006). "The dirt: Joe Elliott". Classic Rock #94. p. 38.
  7. ^ "Alive at Last - Train | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  8. ^ "The Umbrella Academy | Mary J. Blige Recording 'Stay With Me'". Archived from the original on 12 December 2021 – via YouTube.
  9. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 107. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  10. ^ a b c "Faces - Stay With Me". Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  11. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Stay with Me". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  12. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-2002
  13. ^ "Dutch Charts". Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  14. ^ "British single certifications – Faces – Stay with Me". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 18 November 2022.

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