Faces

Stay With Me

Composed by Bobby Byrd / Jean-Luc Ponty / Mark DeBarge / Rod Stewart / Ron Wood

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The shambolic "Stay With Me" reflects the trashy rock & roll lifestyle it celebrates: Making a deal for a one-night stand with a woman with "red lips, hair and fingernails," who the singer has "found...down on the floor." After imploring her to spend the night, she is warned to be out of the bed by morning. Following a breakneck introduction (which also serves as the outro), a distorted Ian McLagan Wurlitzer electric piano transitions into a chugging Chuck Berry via Keith Richards guitar rhythm, played by Ron Wood followed by heavy-handed 2/4 Kenny Jones drums, a slide guitar lead, and ravaged vocals by a young Rod Stewart -- it has all the elements of a classic, raucous rock & roll number. It was well-received, hitting number 17 in America and number six in the U.K. "You won't need too much persuading/I don't mean to sound degrading/but with a face like that, you've got nothing to laugh about" -- the song is rave-up rock & roll as burlesque, the kind practiced at their loosest, basest times by the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, and, later, the Black Crowes. The song is pure and simple fun. It is filled with short solo instrument breaks and stops before the band re-enters. Released at a time when rock & roll was becoming more complicated, it reflects another era when the music was supposed to make you dance, not think.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
A Nod Is as Good as a Wink...to a Blind Horse 1971 Warner Bros. / Warner Music / WEA Japan 4:41
No Image 1973
Various Artists
Warner Bros.
Snakes and Ladders 1976 Warner Music / WEA / WEA Japan 4:37
The No. 1 70's Rock Album 1995
Various Artists
Alex 4:40
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Polygram
Beautiful Game [Alex] 1996
Various Artists
Universal International 4:38
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
The Best Glam Rock Album in the World Ever 1998
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:39
The Best of Faces: Good Boys...When They're Asleep... 1999 Rhino / Warner Bros. 4:40
3 for 1 Box Set 2001 Warner Music
All the 70's 2003
Various Artists
Warner Bros. 4:40
Five Guys Walk into a Bar... 2004 Warner Bros. / Rhino/Warner Bros. 5:50
Sahara 2005
Original Soundtrack
Ryko Distribution / Rykodisc 4:40
John Peel: A Tribute 2005
Various Artists
Warner Elektra Atlantic Corp.
100 Hits: Rock 2007
Various Artists
100 Hits
Revolutions in Sound: Warner Bros. Records - The First 50 Years 2008
Various Artists
Warner Bros.
Classic Rock BBQ 2008
Various Artists
Universal Music 4:39
Eddie Stobart Trucking Songs 2013
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:38
Rock Ballads: The Collection 2014
Various Artists
Rhino 4:38
You Can Make Me Dance, Sing or Anything: 1970-1975 2015 Rhino / Warner Bros. 4:40
The Seventies Album [Rhino] 2015
Various Artists
Rhino 4:39
100 Hits: 70's [2015]
Various Artists
100 Hits
100 Hits: Dad
Various Artists
Demon Music Group / DMG 100 4:39
3/60: Drivetime
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
Awesome Rock
Various Artists
Rhino 4:40
Best of British
Various Artists
Rhino
Haynes Driving Anthems
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:39
Oh What a Night: 70s Classics
Various Artists
Rhino 4:39
The Suggs Selection
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 4:38
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