"Stay Together" as written by Bernard Butler and Brett Lewis Anderson....
Come to my house tonight
We can be together in the nuclear sky
And we will dance in the poison rain
And we can stay a while in Heaven today
Let's stay together
Let's stay, these days are ours
Let's die together?
Two hearts under the skyscrapers
There's a time bomb in the high rise
There's a blue suburban dream
Will I see you up in paradise
Or have you come to catch me?
Come to my arms tonight
Just you and me together under electric light
And she will dance in the poison air
And we can stay together
Two hearts under the skyscrapers
There's a time bomb in the high rise
There's a blue suburban dream
Will I see you up in Paradise
Or have you come to catch me?
Come to my arms I'm lost
Just you and me together in the year of the horse
Single file in the nuclear night
And we could feel a little closer
As we tumble through the sky
Let's stay together, let's stay these days are ours
Let's stay together
Two hearts under a skyscraper
Let's stay together, let's stay in this broken down love
Let's stay together, two hearts under the skyscrapers


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"Stay Together" as written by Bernard Butler Brett Anderson

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  • +4
    General CommentCorrect lyrics...:

    Come to my house tonight
    We can be together in the nuclear sky
    And we will dance in the poison rain
    And we can stay a while in heaven today

    Let's stay together
    Let's stay, these days are ours
    Stay together
    Two hearts under the skyscrapers

    Come to my arms tonight
    Just you and me together under electric light
    She will dance in the poisoned air
    Just you and me forever by the motorway there

    Let's stay together
    Let's stay, these days are ours
    Stay together
    Two hearts under the skyscrapers

    There's a time bomb in the high rise
    There's a blue suburban dream
    Will I see you up in paradise
    Or have you come to catch me?

    Come to my arms I'm lost
    Just you and me together in the year of the horse
    Single file in the nuclear night
    And we could feel a little closer
    As we tumble through the sky

    Stay together
    Stay, these days are ours
    Stay together
    Two hearts under a skyscraper
    Stay together, let's stay in this broken down love
    Stay together, two hearts under the skyscrapers

    (Stay together... Stay, these days are ours...)
    Eatcarpeton September 08, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General Commentthis song is about being implusive and in love in a desolate urban landscape, say, like a council estate in 90s england. this single came out on valentine's day 1994 and is perhaps the most perfect result of the pairing of brett anderson and bernard butler.
    paul_bankson October 09, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think there's definitely the suggestion of a drug using couple. Although the lyric "Just you and me together in the year of the horse" could be referring to the Chinese calendar I'd bet that it's a not-very-well disguised reference to heroin, 'horse' being slang for the drug.
    northerntinkeron October 06, 2008   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningI think there's a lot of evidence of this song being about the dissolution of Soviet Union, and the uncertain fate of the satellite nations after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

    "We can be together in the nuclear sky
    And we will dance in the poison rain"

    Imagery related both to the nuclear arms race, and also the Chernobyl disaster which was not too far in the past at the time. Nuclear radiation and poison rain were serious realities in those nations.

    "Let's stay together" might refer to all of the countries in general, that are much weaker as independent nations than they would have been as one united entity.

    The skyscraper/motorway imagery might refer to the urbanization of these countries in the Soviet years, and the knowledge that there was more to come.

    "Just you and me together in the year of the horse
    Single file in the nuclear night"

    The year of the horse was 1991, immediately after the fall of the Berlin Wall. And "single file in the nuclear night" could mean that each country, one after another, must address the situation of the collective future.

    "Let's stay together in broken down love."

    Once you get on the idea of the USSR satellite country thing, it's hard to get rid of it.
    markheimmalthuson July 01, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song's lyrics reminds me of the lyrics of "Waterloo Sunset" by the Kinks. I think, like WS, it tells of a love-affair between two young lovers in the cruel landmarks of a city. Their optimism in the relative pessimism of their surroundings.
    Mainstreeton July 21, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthmm, how come noone's mentioned the suicide part of the song? was it that obvious to everyone? (ashamed) I wasn't aware of that part until i got my hands on the lyrics and noticed the 'As we tumble through the sky' part and the 'We can stay a while in heaven today'.

    It seems to me then, that the song's about two lovers (possibly drug users) who plan to die together by jumping off a high rise. This is why I love suede.
    aniymon June 13, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI totally agree with paul.apparently this song was inspired by the novelist J.G.Ballard.
    endeavouron March 19, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentits about 2 lovers who have something good together despite the alien nature of the city they are in. the song has a suicide pact element 'And we could feel a little closer as we tumble through the sky' and also 'Will I see you up in paradise or have you come to catch me?' suggesting that they commit suicide together and go to paradise away from the landscape they are in and hence when they hit the ground 'two hearts under a skyscraper' after they have jumped and gone to heaven together.
    danhardwick77on April 11, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think it's about love in a decaying place.
    considering how obsessed Brett Anderson is/was with London, he certainly didn't think much of it.
    chicken1on May 05, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHas anyone ever found out what Brett is singing in the full version, at the point when it goes in to a musical interlude and the vocals are really muffled?

    I've only ever been able to make out the odd line or two, and it is something like:

    I don’t need to do that thing here...
    ...Not tonight, not going to see the band...
    ..Not tonight I'm gonna be sick...
    ...I’m gonna spew
    Don't take me down to the park with the cars
    Don't take me there
    Take me somewhere else

    Sounds a bit freaky. I also have a live version of this track and it sounds like Brett sings something completely different, only Wikipedia mentions '16 tears' which is in this live version and is apparently a lyric from the original version (though you can’t hear those words at any point in the song). Here's what I can make out - the brackets denote uncertainty over the lyric, the ? is where I have no idea:

    See our lives in the shadow of a gun
    Trippy little girl where the pigs don't come
    16 tears for every year
    Hooked up together with the [burning year]
    Here lies the shadow of a gun
    Standing in the sky like ...?..
    [Tina had the floor] and the child in my bed
    .....?..........?........... and the lice in the bed
    .....?..........?........... to the tune of a scream
    Looked out his window he saw the gas fire on
    He saw a fat cow in a single bed
    Ripping up a storm like ..?.. for the dead
    See our lives in the shadow of a gun
    Trippy little girl where the pigs don't come
    16 tears for every year
    Hooked up together with the [burning year]
    Here lies the shadow of a gun
    Hanging in the sky like a [heart] from the sun
    Smashed and grab with the concrete dream
    of a ..?.. ...?....... to the tune of a scream
    Fat cow ...?... through the trees
    Half way down the city on his hands and knees
    See our lives in the shadow of a gun
    Trippy little girl where the pigs don't come
    16 tears for every year
    Hooked up together with the [burning year]


    Luke10on July 03, 2010   Link

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