Wednesday When It Was Music ~ “Stay With Me” ~ Lorraine Ellison

Released in 1966 as a single and from her first album “Heart And Soul”. aka “Stay With Me (baby).

Yes Janis covered it and yes we know Bette Midler did the song in “The Rose” but there is no rendition that can touch who originally recorded it. The absolute utter passion that poured out of Lorraine Ellison’s soul into those who listened to it.

This was one of those songs that wailed the feeling convincingly and did it drained with every ounce of emotion and word sung. She wasn’t just singing another set of lyrics written, she dissected every single feeling the words of the song expressed. It’s presentation had you crying with her as she pleaded their defining meanings.

Remember you said you’d never ever leave me
Remember, remember, I’m asking you, begging you, ooh, ooh
Stay with me baby,
Please please stay with me baby
Stay with me baby
I can’t go on
Ooh stay with me baby
I’m begging you, stay with me baby
Stay, stay, stay with me baby…

Beyond so damn exceptionally good….

When It Was Music.

#11 U.S. Billboard R&B chart and #64 U.S. Billboard Hot 100 but in the UK this record was an absolute smash. The Brits ate up “Soul” and this was like caviar.

Written by: Jerry Ragovoy & George David Weiss.

Where did you go when things went wrong baby?
Who did you run to
And find a shoulder to lay your head upon?
Baby wasn’t I there?
Didn’t I take good care of you?
No no, I can’t believe you’re leaving me
Stay with me baby
Please, stay with me baby
Ooh, stay with me baby
I can’t go on

Who did you touch when you needed tenderness?
I gave you so much
And in return I found happiness
Baby what did I do
Maybe, maybe I was too good, too good to you
No no, I can’t believe you’re leaving me
Stay with me baby
Ooh, stay with me baby
Ooh, please stay with me baby

Remember you said you’d always gonna need me
Remember you said you’d never ever leave me
Remember, remember, I’m asking you, begging you, ooh, ooh
Stay with me baby,
Please please stay with me baby
Stay with me baby
I can’t go on
Ooh stay with me baby
I’m begging you, stay with me baby
Stay, stay, stay with me baby…

 

 

 

 

Marybelle Luraine Ellison March 17, 1931 – January 31, 1983

 

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