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This song is about a woman realizing her lover is about to die and fighting with the angel of death over him. Marcella Detroit does the role of the lover, and Siobhan Fahey that of Death.
This "stayed" at #1 in the UK for 8 weeks. It was also #1 in Ireland, where Fahey is from.
This was Shakespears Sister's only hit in the US, although they had two albums and a large number of other singles before and after this.
The track is mainly synth and drum based, except for the parts where Death is singing, which are backed with a simple guitar line. (thanks, Kian - Dublin, Ireland, for all above)
This won the 1993 BRIT Award for Best Video. The video shows Marcella Detroit on a spaceship caring for a dying man. Siobhan Fahey, playing the angel of death, comes to take him away, but walks down the steps awkwardly. It was rumored that she had to wait on the set for 12 hours before filming her part, and killed the time by drinking vodka, which made it hard for her to balance.
"Stay" returned to the UK singles chart in November 2010 after X Factor contestant Cher Lloyd performed the track on the show.
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