If you want me to stay I'll be around today
To be available for you to see
I'm about to go there then you'll know
For me to stay here I've got to be me

You'll never be in doubt that's what it's all about
You can't take me for granted and smile
Count the days I'm gone
Forget reachin' me by phone
'Cause I promise I'll be gone for a while

And when you see me again I hope that you have been
The kind of person that you really are now
You got to get it straight
How could I ever be late
When you're my woman taking up my time

Oh how could I ever allow
I guess I wonder how
I could get out a pocket for fun
When you know that you're never number two
Number one's gonna be number one

I'll be good I wish I could get this message over to you now

When you see me again I hope that you have been
The kind of person that you really are now
I'll be so good I wish I could

Get this message over to you now
Get this message over to you now
I'll be so good I wish I could


Lyrics submitted by PrismPuck, edited by Mellow_Harsher

If You Want Me To Stay Lyrics as written by Sylvester Stewart

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    My InterpretationThis song is about a strange proof of love that the protagonist in this story considers doing.

    He is in a dilemma.
    His loved one doubts his love.
    So how does he show her that he really loves her?
    He thinks he has to leave her to convince her of his love when he returns: "You'll never be in doubt that's what it's all about". This line tells us that he just wants to eliminate her doubt. He wants to make her see that she will always be his number one.

    And even though he loves her dearly, he is willing to take the risk and leave her for a while (this is what makes it a proof of love). He really wants her to get the message. But if he will be succeeding? We just don't know how it all turns out.
    StoriesinSongs.comon October 22, 2020   Link

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