"Stages" as written by and Dusty Hill Frank Beard....
It's a fine time to fall in love with you,
I ain't got a single thing to do.
It happened before I knew what was going on.
I fell out and knew that I was gone.
Stages keep on changing,
stages rearranging love.

Then you left me standing all alone,
I couldn't even get you on the phone.
Were you just confused and didn't know
if you should stay or if you had to go?
Stages keep on changing,
stages rearranging love.

Now you're back and say you're gonna stay.
I wouldn't have it any other way.
Tell me it's for real and let me know
why does lovin' have to come and go.
Stages keep on changing,
stages rearranging love.

Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae

"Stages" as written by Frank Lee Beard Billy Gibbons

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    General CommentZZ Top traditionally are more about their SOUND than their LYRICS. IMO, no sane person would say that the overall sound of their music is less than amazing.

    Afterburner, the album on which this song appeared, marked a turning point. ZZ Top used synthesizers quite a bit on this album. Some purists say that synth's are not a part of rock...but songs like 'Stages', 'Rough Boy', and Van Halen's 'Jump' all prove this to be incorrect.

    Prior to Afterburner, their lyrics were seemingly primarily centered around sex appeal and/or partying. This song in particular is either a clever disguise of that, or is in fact about real love.

    Either that, or they're taking the same route as with 'Gimme All Your Lovin', whereas 'lovin' refers to sex.

    In any case, this song is good. It's quick paced in the ZZ Top tradition, features plenty of guitar (the ZZ Top trademark), as well as enough synth to keep any 80s music fan entertained.
    madnesslover_89on April 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentListening to this song again in hindsight I have to say it's much different than most of their previous numbers. It almost doesn't sound like they wrote it. Neither idiosyncratic (like Sunglasses or TV Dinners), nor sexual innuendo (like Pearl Necklace and so many others), with the blues-based ZZ sound nowhere to be found. It rocks nicely though. A perfectly crafted tune.
    Moonmadnesson October 22, 2016   Link

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