Stay (4:05)

Cover of Oh By the Way (Studio Album Boxset)

From Oh By the Way (Studio Album Boxset) and 5 other releases

“Stay” is a song from Pink Floyd’s 1972 album Obscured by Clouds. It is known for being one of the album’s particularly slow-moving, lyrical songs. It was also issued as the B-side of “Free Four”.

The lyrics, written by Roger Waters and sung by Richard Wright, vacillate between frustration and indifference felt towards a casual sex partner (perhaps a groupie). In this regard it is not unlike Wright’s own “Summer ‘68”.

Musically, the main theme and verse of the song stays on a pedal point of G in the bass, while the chords above it change in a typical I-IV-V progression (G, C, and D Major). The D Major over the G bass results in the appearance of a G Major ninth chord, evoking a “melancholy” or “bittersweet” feeling. The chorus modulates to the parallel minor, with a chord change of G minor to C Major, a common progression in Wright’s compositions. (See “Pow R. Toc H.”, the “Funky Dung” section of the “Atom Heart Mother Suite”, or “The Great Gig in the Sky”.) Because this chord change evokes a ii-V-I progression left unfinished (it would have to resolve to F Major), the effect is appropriately dissatisfying, as the chorus delves into a profusion of barely-related chords, a convoluted but eventually successful attempt to resolve back to G Major.

The instrumentation is mostly Wright’s piano and Waters’s bass, with a solo and other ornamental touches from guitarist David Gilmour making heavy use of clean Wah-wah pedal.

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  • HitMeWithIt

    One of the all time best albums...love this track :)

    9 Mar 8:33pm Reply
  • joshsaussey

    Fantastic track. Guitar is amazing in this song, combined with those vocals... wow.

    23 Feb 2:12am Reply
  • johnny_glasgow

    Original album track was on "Obscured By Clouds".

    9 Jun 2013 Reply
  • YoFancy

    Mourning jews

    27 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Szopen715

    Wonderful, simply wonderful

    3 Jul 2012 Reply
  • jokerlass

    @freckkles agreed. his voice has more colour and character than gilmours it's softer and more timid. however gilmours is also brilliant and beautiful so it's a tough choice.

    3 Jun 2012 Reply
  • katvazgi

    ...so many memories..

    26 May 2012 Reply
  • Ennish

    Does the intro to this song remind anyone else of the intro to Gilmour's "So Far Away" off his self-title solo album?

    31 Dec 2011 Reply
  • keate14

    I love Rick voice and Gilmours wah wah....[5]

    12 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Leaf_Thief

    I love Rick voice and Gilmours wah wah....(3)

    21 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Grindgo

    FAVORITE PINK FLOYD SONG !!!! WRIGHT ! GILMOUR ! DAMNNNNNNNN

    18 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Wildebrand

    I'd have sex with that guitar. And then again.

    28 Feb 2011 Reply
  • anotherbrickin

    lovely lyrics

    2 Feb 2011 Reply
  • therealsteppen

    Fan-fuckin'-tastic Floyd!!!!

    13 Jan 2011 Reply
  • RafaelDivoz

    Wright and Waters should have written more songs together ... [2] I love Rick voice and Gilmours wah wah.... [2]

    4 Jan 2011 Reply
  • thorty321

    Wright and Waters should have written more songs together ...

    4 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Krasnoarmiejec

    I love Rick voice and Gilmours wah wah....

    2 Nov 2010 Reply
  • freeBee1976

    Morning dues, mourning jews, morning juice, whether it's his dues he felt he needed to pay towards his one night stand or vitaminc c to keep his acid trip going, musically this is brilliant. It feels like the morning after a trip.

    5 Oct 2010 Reply
  • ntnskrds

    Oh Rick !!! Rest in peace ...

    20 Aug 2010 Reply
  • OrionCH

    wine

    15 Dec 2009 Reply
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