Please Stay Lyrics - Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello Kojak Variety cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1995-5-5
Genre: Rock Pop
length: 4:51
membranophone: Pete Thomas
electric guitar: Marc Ribot
Hammond organ: Larry Knechtel
Wurlitzer electric piano: Larry Knechtel
bass guitar: Jerry Scheff
Spanish acoustic guitar: Marc Ribot
composer: Burt Bacharach
lyricist: Bob Hilliard
If I got on my knees and I pleaded with you
Not to go but to stay in my arms
Would you walk out the door
Like you did once before

This time be different
Please stay don`t go

If I call out your name like a prayer
Would you leave me alone with my tears
Knowing I need you so
Would you still turn and go
This time be different in some way
Don`t go please stay

You took me away from the rest of the world
When you taught me to love you like this
Now I hang my head when I think how you lied
But I still can be saved by your kiss

I loved you before I even knew your name
I wanted to give you my heart
But when you came back after leaving me one time
Oh I knew, yes I knew that the heartaches would start

If I told you my life was a song
That was written for you, you alone
Would you hurt all my pride
Oh, till I cry this time be different
Please stay
Oh, this time be different in some way
Don`t go please stay

Lyrics licensed by
CD 1
  • 1 Strange
  • 2 Hidden Charms
  • 3 Remove This Doubt
  • 4 I Threw It All Away
  • 5 Leave My Kitten Alone
  • 6 Everybody’s Crying Mercy
  • 7 I’ve Been Wrong Before
  • 8 Bama Lama Bama Loo
  • 9 Must You Throw Dirt in My Face
  • 10 Pouring Water on a Drowning Man
  • 11 The Very Thought of You
  • 12 Payday
  • 13 Please Stay
  • 14 Running Out of Fools
  • 15 Days