Have to Stay
by Dido

Album: Still on My Mind (2019)


  • This atmospheric ballad was inspired by Dido's unconditional love for her son Stanley, who was born in 2011. Dido was adamant she wasn't going to pen a song about motherhood, as she felt such a joyous pure love was not something to write about. But the idea was niggling at her and she knew she had to write. The creative process not only produced this song but also "opened the floodgates" for the Still On My Mind album.

    She recalled to the BBC: "After I had a kid, I don't think that anything I wrote was very good for a couple of years. But it opened this emotional part of my brain again that writes songs and then everything else came really quickly after that."


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