Singalong! Stay by Lisa Loeb

Oh my goodness, I used to love Lisa Loeb so much.  Specifically, I owned her Firecracker album (and would sing along with the title track using all the feelings I had in my little melodramatic heart, not quite understanding the connection between tying shoelaces and lighting firecrackers, but thinking it must be really deep), but, like so many of us 90's kids, I always had a special place in my heart for Stay.  I remember once watching the music video on TV with some friends and commenting on how the emotional content was reflected in her actions when it gets all slow and sincere and she kneels down.  One of my friends said "Wow, you should be a music video director!", and I thought, yes.  That sounds about right.

Of course, I am not a music video director, but feel free to pay special attention to that moment and reflect on how brilliant I am.

by Lisa Loeb

you say I only hear what I want to.
you say I talk so all the time so.

and I thought what I felt was simple,
and I thought that I don't belong,
and now that I am leaving,
now I know that I did something wrong 'cause I missed you.
yeah, I missed you.

and you say I only hear what I want to:
I don't listen hard,
I don't pay attention to the distance that you're running
or to anyone, anywhere,
I don't understand if you really care,
I'm only hearing negative: no, no, no.

so I turned the radio on, I turned the radio up,
and this woman was singing my song:
the lover's in love, and the other's run away,
the lover is crying 'cause the other won't stay.

some of us hover when we weep for the other who was
dying since the day they were born.
well, this is not that:
I think that I'm throwing, but I'm thrown.

and I thought I'd live forever, but now I'm not so sure.

you try to tell me that I'm clever,
but that won't take me anyhow, or anywhere with you.

you said that I was naive,
and I thought that I was strong.
I thought, "hey, I can leave, I can leave."
but now I know that I was wrong, 'cause I missed you.

you said, "You caught me 'cause you want me and one day you'll let me go."
"you try to give away a keeper, or keep me 'cause you know you're just so scared to lose.
and you say, "stay."

you say I only hear what I want to.

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