- Stay (Pink Floyd song)
Name = Stay
from Album =
Obscured by Clouds
Free Four(US single)
June 3, 1972(UK) June 15, 1972(US) July 10, 1972(US single)
Format = 7"
Recorded = February-March
Length = 4:07
3:58 (US single)
Label = Harvest
Roger Waters Rick Wright
Producer = Pink Floyd
Chart position = * #46 (US)
Last single = "
One of These Days"
This single = "
Next single = "Money"
Misc = Extra tracklisting
Obscured by Clouds
Type = studio
prev_track = "
prev_no = 8
this_track = "Stay"
this_no = 9
next_track = "
next_no = 10"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.
The lyrics, written by
Roger Watersand sung by composer Rick 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 pointof 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 , 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 Gilmourmaking heavy use of a Wah-wah pedal.
The song was released along with "
Free Four" as a single from the album. This song was covered on the Echoes of Pinktribute album in 2002.
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