Song Lyric Sunday: a song from the abyss

SongLyricSundayHurrah, Song Lyric Sunday is back again! This weekly blog prompt is fast becoming my Sunday night ritual – a bit like listening to Bruno Brookes doing the Top 40 on Radio 1 when I was a teenager. Luckily the music which bloggers from around the world offer up is a bit more varied than the charts, so it’s probably more like Annie Nightingale in that respect.

Anyway, moving swiftly on (as you won’t get these references unless you grew up in Britain in the 1980s!), this week Helen has challenged us to get in the spirit for Valentines Day and post a song about love/ your first crush or “seeing someone for the first time and falling into that gooey abyss of butterflies and blushing”.

It was the word “abyss” that led me to my choice this week. Falling for someone isn’t always a positive or healthy state of mind, and “Stay” by Shakespear’s Sister reminds me very much of that obsessive, all-consuming feeling. This is a song for staring longingly at someone utterly unsuitable and not being able to think about anything else. Every single line reminds me of being a lovesick pup.

It’s also got the most insane video ever, as I’ve just realised watching it for the first time in 20-odd years! All that Rocky Horror style eye make up they’re wearing, tussling over the shirtless coma bloke in a moonlit room… bonkers. But somehow brilliant. Enjoy! (oh, and if you did get the reference to Annie Nightingale earlier, you may want to imagine her saying “hi” in that inimitable way across the opening bars)

If this world is wearing thin
And you’re thinking of escape
I’ll go anywhere with you
Just wrap me up in chains
But if you try to go alone
Don’t think I’ll understand

Stay with me, stay with me

In the silence of your room
In the darkness of your dreams
You must only think of me
There can be no in between
When your pride is on the floor
I’ll make you beg for more

Stay with me, stay with me

You’d better hope and pray
That you make it safe
Back to your own world
You’d better hope and pray
That you’ll wake one day in your own world
‘Cause when you sleep at night
They don’t hear your cries in your own world
Only time will tell if you can break the spell
Back in your own world

Stay with me, stay with me
Stay, stay with me
Stay, stay, stay, stay, stay
Stay with me

Songwriters
SIOBHAN MAIRE DEIRDRE FAHEY, MARCELLA LEVY, DAVID ALLAN STEWART

Lyrics reproduced from MetroLyrics.com

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8 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: a song from the abyss

  1. For what it’s worth I can confirm Shakespeare’s Sister made it to Canada – I remember this song. I really liked it when it came out – never thought about the Rocky Horror vibe of the video though – wow!

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