Stay Another Day was written by Tony Mortimer of East 17 about his brother Ollie committing suicide. The lyrics of the first verse, "Don't you know we've come too far now just to throw it all away" are a reference to throwing his life away, while "I touch your face while you are sleeping, and hold your hand, don't understand what's going on." takes place after he has committed suicide. Mortimer explained to NME in 2012: "I'd grown up with the other guys in the band, so they knew it was about him, though it wasn't something I told anyone about until people started asking about it in interviews."
Despite it being #1 during Christmas 1994, Mortimer told NME that he didn't pen the song for the festive season: "It wasn't meant to be a Christmas single," he said; "the A&R department said we should stick some bells on the end, but that's as much as it touches on the old ho-ho-ho stuff. I thought they were all mad."
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