Stay a Little Longer

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Stay all night, stay a little longer
Dance all night, dance a little longer
Pull off your coat throw it in the corner
Don’t see why you don’t stay a little longer

Even the mountain is not free

Battered and bruised by both water and winds

You have not seen all there is to see

Despite your mind claiming it knows how the story ends

Stay all night, stay a little longer
Dance all night, dance a little longer
Pull off your coat throw it in the corner
Don’t see why you don’t stay a little longer

This is a world of change, nothing else is true

Within it lies suffering and wonder with no measure

Both dispensed and visited upon you

Containing love, loss, pain, and yes even pleasure

Stay all night, stay a little longer
Dance all night, dance a little longer
Pull off your coat throw it in the corner
Don’t see why you don’t stay a little longer

I would request you stay a little while longer

I’ll ask you this each and every day

Each time you feel the black dog’s hunger

We will sip coffee or tea till it fades away

Stay all night, stay a little longer
Dance all night, dance a little longer
Pull off your coat throw it in the corner
Don’t see why you don’t stay a little longer

Maybe we will talk of nothing

For the topic matters little to me

Because a world without your heart beating

Is a far poorer one which you fail to see

Stay all night, stay a little longer
Dance all night, dance a little longer
Pull off your coat throw it in the corner
Don’t see why you don’t stay a little longer

Gene G. McLaughlin

Refrain – Bob Wills/Tommy Duncan from Stay a Little Longer

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