Lyrics                                 Video
from the album Station to Station
B-side “Word on a Wing”
Released July 1976
Format 7″
Recorded September – November 1975 at Cherokee Studios (Los Angeles)
  • 6:15 (album version)
  • 3:21 (single version)
Label RCA Records
Writer(s) David Bowie
  • David Bowie
  • Harry Maslin
David Bowie singles
“TVC 15”
“Suffragette City”
Station to Station track listing
“TVC 15”
“Wild Is the Wind”

Stay” is a song written and recorded by David Bowie in 1975 for the album Station to Station, released in January the following year. In July 1976, the song was released as a single by RCA in the United States The length of the album version of “Stay” is 6:15.

The verse and chorus structures can be traced back to “John, I’m Only Dancing (Again)”, a track recorded for the Young Americans album but first released (as a single) in 1979.

  • A live version recorded at Nassau Coliseum, Long Island, New York on 23 March 1976 was released as a bonus track on the Rykodisc CD release of Station to Station in 1991. It also appears on the 2010 reissues of Station to Station.
  • A concert performance recorded in spring 1978 was released on the 2005 reissue of the live album Stage.
  • It was released as the B-side of “Suffragette City” in July 1976.
  • The single version also appeared on the Christiane F. soundtrack.