Stay – Sugarland

Sugarland’s (fourth) single, “Stay”, from their 2007 album Enjoy the Ride is a ballad. It’s about a mistress who wants the man who is cheating with her to stay with her instead of going back to his wife. The song was inspired by Reba McEntire’s song “Whoever’s in New England”. That song is about a Southern woman who fears her husband is having an affair while he’s in New England on business; she vows to still be there for her husband when he gets back despite her thoughts.

“Stay” had a unique premise for a country song, or any song for that manner. A song about cheating would usually follow the woman being cheated on rather than the woman with. The song is very simple in arrangement, with only Jennifer Nettles on vocals and (Sugarland’s other member, Kristian Bush usually provides harmonies) an organ and acoustic guitar creating the music. The main focus here are the vocals and most importantly the lyrics.

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