Sugarland. Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush (Photo Credits: umgnashville.com)

Some people are worth staying; some are worth letting go. Where do you belong?

This poignant Sugarland song will definitely make you rethink your decisions in life.

A certified Gold by the RIAA in 2008, Stay later earned a Platinum certification the following year. It reached two million sales in 2013. In addition, this Sugarland hit was voted the fourth greatest video of the decade on CMT.com.

Story Behind

Although she has never lived the storyline of the song, lead vocalist Jennifer Nettles knew the subject of betrayal is something everyone could relate to, yet she wanted to tell the story from a different viewpoint.

The song was inspired by Reba McEntire’s “Whoever’s in New England”. McEntire’s song is from the perspective of a wife whose husband is cheating on her. Nettles knew a myriad of songs written from the same viewpoint but none of the other two people involved. She says most people don’t realize that even the person who is doing the cheating gets hurt as well.

“Even though the person who is cheating might think he or she is getting away with something, they know they aren’t living their highest truth.”

“And they wouldn’t be in the situation if they were just happy-go-lucky in the first place. Nobody is happy in this situation.”

Once she decided to write the song from the other woman’s perspective, Nettles was overwhelmed with emotions and says the song pretty much wrote itself.

“You know, it was just in a couple of sittings on my couch,” she explains. “And once the first line came, ‘I’ve been sitting here staring at the clock on the wall. I’ve been laying here, praying she won’t call,’ the story just unfolded.”

Kristian Bush, the other half of Sugarland, remembers being blown away by the lyrics the first time he heard the song.

“This is one of those first times when you become like Bob Dylan, where you are writing the character’s story rather than your story,” he notes. “And it’s a huge moment, and I am humbled around people who write like this. When I heard that song, I was like, ‘Oh, my gosh. This is a heavy hitter of a writer here. This is a monster of a machine that is about to write songs.’”

 

Fast Facts

In addition to earning Gold and Platinum certifications, Stay has reaped honorable distinctions. Most notable has been the 51st Grammy Awards where it won Best Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, and Best Country Song.

Moreover, it won two awards at the 2008 ACM Awards. These are the Song of the Year and Single of the Year. To add, it won Video of the Year at the 2008 CMT Music Awards.

Watch Stay by Sugarland below.

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