"Stay" is a song recorded by American country music duo Sugarland. It was released in September 2007 as the fourth and final single from their album Enjoy the Ride (see 2006 in country music). Overall,...
I've been sittin' here, starin' at the clock on the wall
And I've been layin' here, prayin'
Prayin' she won't call
It's just another call from home, and you'll get it
And be gone, and I'll be cryin'

And I'll be beggin' you, baby
Beg you not to leave
But I'll be left here waitin'
My heart on my sleeve
Oh, for the next time we'll be here
Seems like a million years, and I think I'm dyin'

What do I have to do to make you see
She can't love you like me?

Why don't you stay?
I'm down on my knees
I'm so tired of bein' lonely
Don't I give you what you need?
When she calls you to go
There is one thing you should know
We don't have to live this way
Baby, why don't you stay?

You keep tellin' me, baby
There will come a time
When you will leave her arms
And forever be in mine
But I don't think that's the truth
And I don't like bein' used, and I'm tired of waitin'

It's too much pain to have to bear
To love a man you have to share

I can't take it any longer, but my will is gettin' stronger
And I think I know just what I have to do
I can't waste another minute
After all that I've put in it
I've given you my best
Why does she get the best of you?

So next time you find you wanna leave her bed for mine

Why don't you stay?
I'm up off my knees
I'm so tired of bein' lonely
You can't give me what I need
When she begs you not to go
There is one thing you should know
I don't have to live this way

Baby, why don't you stay?


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"Stay" as written by Brian Kelly Mcknight

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    Song MeaningI know most hear this song as if she is the mistress.....I did at first too, and hated this song! Then I discovered that my husband of 12 years had created a separate life for himself with another woman--for 3+ years before I found out. I heard the song in a different way and it spoke volumes to me--I was the wife, but had been made to feel like the "other woman"...and I heard the song from that stand point. After, wanting to try and work things out...because we have kids...I had a light bulb moment--realized I'm better than anything he could offer and my life is better without him!! Me and my kids are better for the decision I made!
    KaytieDydon May 18, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis song puts that emotion that an "other woman" feels in perfect perspective. The first time I heard it, I buried my face in my hands and sobbed.
    our_hearts_desireon November 05, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentUGH let`s drop the whole cheating issue for a second, and everyone`s moral judgments along with that.


    This song, on the surface, is about cheating. Yes. She`s the other woman.

    However, this song is about SO MUCH more than that. She thinks she loves him, sure. But she loves him out of desperation, and a deep sense of loneliness.

    This song isn`t about WHY she loves him or why she has to be with him. Not at all. It`s about her loneliness and sadness. I sympathize with her because of the loneliness she feels. I think that`s why she got with him in the first place. He eased the loneliness (this may seem like a bit of a stretch, however, this is how I interpret this song).
    clover25on June 01, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti will be the first to admit that i'm not exactly the biggest contemporary country fan. i happened to be flipping through channels one day a few years back and caught this song. i was completely moved with the whole idea of the song and the video. interpret it anyway you like. i agree for the most part with clover25. while the basis for the song is from the "other" woman to the man whom she is having the affair with, it's not a "cheating" song. it's dealing with the extreme emotions of BEING THE OTHER WOMAN. it's an up and down battle. it doesn't matter whether you agree with her for being in the affair, you don't know how and why she got into it. i agree that there is a loneliness and desperation that attracted her to this situation, but, i do feel the protagonist does love the man, no matter how wrong it is [i've given you my best why does she get the best of you].

    you don't have to agree with what she's doing to emphathize and it is especially unfair to just assume she's just a "homewrecker". she' not a monster. she's human, which is obvious through the raw emotions of the desperation of her wanting him to stay with her, then being angry of continually being told he's going to leave his wife. then, finally getting the strength to bipass whatever love she does have for this man and tell him to "stay" with his wife. she's never going to get what she wants [i.e. him]

    it's truly a very powerful song.
    melancholyjenon June 23, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationWhen I listen to this song, it is obviously about the other woman hurting because the married man won't leave his wife.

    But also think about a woman falling in love, but the man cannot leave his mother. She won't allow him to move on and be happy with the woman he loves. She constantly causes hell in their relationship because she wants to know her son is still loyal to her (I've been praying she won't call).

    But a man can't choose his mother over his wife and have a healthy marriage. Finally, his wife decides she doesn't have to live this way, and decides to leave her husband (here is where all those cheating lines come in "she can't love you like me," "to love a man you have to share" "I've given you my best, why does she get the best of you?"

    It breaks her heart because she is so in love with this man, and she doesn't want to leave him. So she asks him to start putting her first, and to put their marriage first, because she is fed up and to her, if he isn't willing to put more effort into their marriage, the only other option is leaving him, and finding happiness on her own.
    Psuedonameon May 26, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI heard about this song from my younger cousin, who said she had a "cute" song she wanted me to hear. She played the video for me On Demand, and I broke down in tears, it was that amazing. Especially when she started crying; I just completely lost it.

    I don't normally go for country music, and I detest songs about cheating, but this song just blows me away. Simple, straightforward, and no explanation needed. Listen to it back-to-back with Faith Hill's Cry and I swear you'll be sobbing for a good half hour, at least!(They just happen to be on my playlist in that order. Ugh.)

    cruzntopless, while I don't condone cheating(been cheated on WAAAY too many times to make that leap), there ARE exceptions to every rule. Now, if the woman went into the relationship KNOWING "her" man was married, then, the ho got what she deserved. However, what if, like so many situations, she didn't know he was married until it was WAY too late to back out of? Like they'd been together a couple of years with him successfully hiding his marital status up to that point? Or if he told his lover that he was married, but separated or in the middle of a divorce, then strung them both along until she realized the truth of the situation? And while you and I might have left as soon as we realized something like this was going on, a woman in love wants to believe the best in her man. And it's so much easier for the "other woman" to believe a man's lies: He's not in love with his wife, but staying for the sake of the kids, or because she's sick(physically or mentally), or because she'd ruin him financially or the millions of other lies that can fall from a man's lips so very easily. As long as one or both women involved don't start "nagging," the only one truly happy in that situation is HIM.

    Anyway, awesome song, phenomenal video, excellent artists!
    lanakaelon August 13, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI can't believe this song doesn't have any comments on it. This song is pretty obvious. She's with a married man, and she wants to know why she can't give him what he needs. She wants him to stay with her whenever his wife calls. At the end, she says that he isn't giving her what she needs...so she says that the next time he thinks about coming to her bed...stay with his wife. Err, obvious much? This songs simple and amazing.
    SeeingRedon April 24, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti NEVER thought i would become 'the other girl.' and until about a year ago, i vowed this would never be me. i have been cheated on too many times to be able to do this to someone else. then when i found myself falling in love with a man with a girlfriend, it scared the shit out of me. he told me daily he was breaking up with her. DAILY. i even sat in his car with him when he went inside to her place to get his stuff because it was over. sadly, he never grew a pair and continued seeing her until 2 months after i ended it with him. now that she's out of the picture, he is crawling back to me like a piece of shit. sorry, baby, it's just too little, too late.
    the_queen_and_ion September 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is amazing.
    Her voice is so beautiful. :]
    I love the part when she says, "I'm up off my knees."


    Pretty obvious meaning. :]
    jacklyn07on September 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI see a beautiful women in alot of pain. pain that goes with loving someone that is with someone else.Cheating hurts.
    frznrrfanon October 02, 2007   Link

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