Stay Still

Album: Witness (2009)
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  • While guitarist Eric Lambert usually lays down the musical foundation for Blessthefall songs, singer Beau Bokan is responsible for nearly all of the band's lyrics. Bokan generally sticks to a straightforward, confessional style - lyrics that feel like they're ripped from the pages of a diary. This goes a long way to creating a powerful, direct emotional resonance with listener. This effect is increased by Bokan's professed habit of only writing things from real life. None of his songs, he says, are stories or fictitious happenings; they're all ghosts from his past that he's trying to wrestle out through music.

    "Stay Still" is an especially personal song, even for Bokan. The song was written about a friend of the singer's who was killed in a plane crash. The lyrics sound almost like an unsent letter written to the deceased friend, giving the listener the sense of hearing a final, one-sided conversation between two intimate friends.
  • While Bokan does not want the band to be pigeonholed into the Christian rock genre, he says that his faith plays a large part in his songwriting. This is apparent in "Stay Still" by the line "Oh Lord, don't tell me this is happening" - it's repeated six times over the course of the song.
  • "Stay Still" appears on 2009's Witness, Blessthefall's second album and its first with Beau Bokan as lead singer and songwriter. Bokan has said he obsessively worked on perfecting and rewriting each song on the album so that fans of previous singer Craig Mabbitt would be convinced that he was a worthy replacement. Witness saw the band tightening up their song structures and achieving a heavier sound. Many critics hailed it as a bold step forward for the band, and Bokan's performance as the new singer was widely praised.

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