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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

stay, a prelude

stay. it seems unfair to other words that such a short, simple one can convey such powerful emotions and intensity under so many different circumstances. maybe it's a 6-year old daughter pleading with her father not to walk out on his wife and family. maybe it's a young man whose grandmother is fading before he's had a chance to really know who she was. or maybe it's the singer on the road, begging his audience not to leave so they can play just a little bit longer.

jackson browne : "the load out / stay" mp3
from the lp running on empty (elektra, 1977)
now the seats are all empty
let the roadies take the stage
pack it up and tear it down
they're the first to come and the last to leave
working for that minimum wage
they'll set it up in another town

tonight the people were so fine
they waited there in line
and when they got up on their feet they made the show
and that was sweet--
but i can hear the sound
of slamming doors and folding chairs
and that's a sound they'll never know

now roll them cases out and lift them amps
haul them trusses down and get 'em up them ramps
'cause when it comes to moving me
you know you guys are the champs
but when that last guitar's been packed away
you know that i still want to play
so just make sure you got it all set to go
before you come for my piano

but the band's on the bus
and they're waiting to go
we've got to drive all night and do a show in chicago
or detroit, i don't know
we do so many shows in a row
and these towns all look the same
we just pass the time in the hotel rooms
and wander 'round backstage
till those lights come up and we hear that crowd
and we remember why we came

now we got country and western on the bus
r & b, we got disco in eight tracks and cassettes in stereo
we've got rural scenes and magazines
we've got truckers on c.b.
we got richard pryor on the video
we got time to think of the ones we love
while the miles roll away
but the only time that seems too short
is the time that we get to play

people you've got the power over what we do
you can sit there and wait
or you can pull us through
come along, sing the song
you know that you can't go wrong
'cause when that morning sun comes beating down
you're gonna wake up in your town
but we'll be scheduled to appear
a thousand miles away from here

people stay just a little bit longer
we want to play -- just a little bit longer
now the promoter don't mind
and the union don't mind
if we take a little time
and we leave it all behind and sing
one more song

oh won’t you stay just a little bit longer
please, please, please say you will
say you will

oh won’t you stay just a little bit longer
oh please, please stay just a little bit more

now the promoter don’t mind
and the roadies don’t mind
if we take a little time
and leave this all behind and sing
one more song

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