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
Published 1971
Genre Boogie rock
Length 4:37
Label Warner Bros. Records
Writer Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood
Cover versions
Ronnie James Dio, McFly, Def Leppard

"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.

The distinctive guitar sound owes to Ronnie Wood's hybrid fingered-chord-riff / slide guitar solos played on an open-E tuned Zemaitis guitar. The song starts with a breakneck tempo that settles into a steady half-tempo groove, and then jumps back into a flashy double-time finale adorned with instrumental solo fills.

"Stay With Me" reached number 17 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and peaked at number 13 on the Cash Box Top 100. The song also reached number 6 in the UK and number 4 in Canada.[1]

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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.

English band Def Leppard covered the song for their 2006 covers album Yeah!.

The Foo Fighters covered the song at the German festival Rock am Ring 2015 live on stage with Dave Catching.



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