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"Stay" is a song written and recorded by David Bowie in 1975 for the album Station to Station, released in January the following year. It was based on the funky guitar lick that dominates the track and which was invented by guitarist Earl Slick during the sessions for the album. In July 1976, the song was released as a single by RCA in the United States.

Single by David Bowie
from the album Station to Station
B-side"Word on a Wing"
ReleasedJuly 1976
RecordedSeptember – November 1975 at Cherokee Studios (Los Angeles)
  • 6:15 (album version)
  • 3:21 (single version)
Songwriter(s)David Bowie
David Bowie singles chronology
"TVC 15"
"Suffragette City"

The verse and chorus structures can be traced back to "John, I'm Only Dancing (Again)", a track recorded for the Young Americans album but first released (as a single) in 1979.[2]


Track listingEdit

  1. "Stay" (Bowie) – 3:21
  2. "Word on a Wing" (Bowie) – 3:10

Production creditsEdit

Live versionsEdit

Other releasesEdit

Cover versionsEdit

  • Ava Cherry – 3" CD single


  1. ^ Mojica, Frank (4 October 2010). "David Bowie – Station to Station [Special Edition]". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  2. ^ Pegg 2011, p. 239.
  3. ^ a b c d Pegg 2011, p. 240.
  4. ^ "David Bowie / Remastered 'Berlin' albums available separately next month". 19 January 2018. Retrieved 4 March 2018.


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