"Stay" as written by and Danny Elfman....
This is not the first time you tried to get away,
This is not a party where people know your name,
This is not a classroom with teacher at the board,
This is not a game show with prizes at the door.

Go, don't you go,
Won't you stay with me one more day?
If we get through one more night,
If we get through one more night,

This is not a horse race where winners beat the time,
This is not a funeral with mourners in a line,
This is not a sitcom where everything's alright,
This is not a prison with terror through the night.

Go... don't you go,
Won't you stay with me one more day?
If we get through one more night,
If we get through one more night,

This is not the first time you tried to get away,
This is not a party where people know your name,
This is not a classroom with teacher at the board,
This is not a game show with prizes at the door.

Go... don't you go,
Won't you stay with me one more day?
If we get through one more night,
If we get through one more night,

[repeat chorus]

This is not the first time you tried to get away,
This is not a party where people know your name,

Oh... where people know your name,


Lyrics submitted by AhmedAR94

"Stay" as written by Gayle Caldwell

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +2
    General CommentAnyways, back to Oingo Boingo..

    "This is not a party--Where people know your name
    This is not a classroom--With teacher at the board
    This is not a catshow--With prizes at the door

    This is not a horse race--Where winners beat the time
    This is not a funeral--With mourners in a line
    This is not a sitcom--Where everything's alright
    This is not a prison--With terror through the night. "

    Describing life, possibly? And the "Go.." part may be a person asking someone to stay with them and just give life another try tomorrow, instead of maybe suicide. If you've seen the video, if I recall right, the band is playing and ghosts are floating around them. It's most definitely about suicide, if not just about death.
    mister_zeroon September 29, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think not committing suicide is an interesting interpretation for this song, but I'm with those who think this is a love song. I've always thought the song was about a failing relationship and he's singing about how it's not easy but that doesn't mean they should give up on each other.
    GreyGirlon November 26, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, and Kurt's dead, great example AAALEX1.
    cannibaloxon May 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHot sure how that comment pertains to this song. I believe the first word in the chorus is "no." I am not sure what this song means.
    Aaronkc7on August 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think maybe the previous comment was referring to Kurt Cobain naming Boingo as one of his influences; this song *could* be interpreted as an anti-suicide song, though "Out of Control" puts across the message more directly.
    aristiaon August 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is a random collection of short phrases following a very loose set of guidelines put together in a specific order and set to music. I like it
    PursuitofLifeon March 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFunny that someone should mention Kurdt C. here... I tried playing this song on guitar and the chorus part sounded exactly the same as the intro to "Heart Shaped Box"... so I guess that's why cannibalox brought him up.

    Yeah, I can see this as being directed at somebody who is suicidal.
    Quonseton March 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah that is riff is like similar to heart shaped box indeed
    Ruton July 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsuicide?? i always thought this was a love song. who knows.
    bauhauson April 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow. The main idea seems to be that it's about suicide. But I always thought it was a love song. I always thought that it was about his girlfriend leaving and him wishing she wouldn't go. I think I heard that interpretation somewhere before, so I always assumed that's what the song was about. But then again - now that I know that many people think this is about not committing suicide, that makes more sense to me. I can easily see how you'd get that meaning. (And here I thought there was a lack of songs that try to get people to consider not killing themselves...)
    Pippin the Mercuryon December 08, 2008   Link

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