Come and Stay With Me

Album: Marianne Faithfull (1965)
Charted: 4 26
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • This song was written by Jackie DeShannon for Marianne Faithfull. The singer's manager Tony Calder told Mojo magazine September 2008 that the liaison with DeShannon happened in an unorthodox manner when he was in Los Angeles with Jimmy Page. He explained: "One night I couldn't get into our hotel room because Jimmy and Jackie DeShannon were shagging. So I yelled, 'When you've finished could you write a song for Marianne?'" The songwriter came up with this song plus with Page an album track, "In My Time of Sorrow."
  • Despite the song's lyric being fairly ambiguous, it was generally interpreted as an invitation to stay the night and sleep together. The subject matter is reasonably innocuous by today's standards, however it was deemed controversially racy back in 1965.
  • Jackie DeShannon recorded this herself on her 1968 album Laurel Canyon.

Comments: 3

  • Flipper from Gloucestershirelovely girl as l watch her gently singing with no effort Come and Stay with me very worth remembering .
  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaHave often wondered who played on her recordings; by some chance did any of the Stones? Would love to know. Thanks.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn July 7th 1965, Marianne Faithfull performed "Come and Stay With Me" on the ABC-TV program 'Shindig!'...
    Five months earlier on February 21st, 1965 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100chart at position #93; and on April 11th, 1965 it peaked at #26 (for 1 week) and spent 9 weeks on the Top 100...
    From November of 1964 to December of 1965 she had five Top 100 records; her biggest hit was "As Tears Go By", which peaked at #22 (for 1 week) on January 3rd, 1965...
    R.I.P. Jimmy O'Neill (Shindig's host, 1940 - 2013) and Ms. Faithfull will celebrated her 68th birthday this coming December 29th, 2014.
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Def Leppard Quiz

Def Leppard QuizMusic Quiz

Can you name Def Leppard's only #1 hit in America? Get rocked with this adrenalized quiz.

Curt Kirkwood of Meat Puppets

Curt Kirkwood of Meat PuppetsSongwriter Interviews

The (Meat)puppetmaster takes us through songs like "Lake Of Fire" and "Backwater," and talks about performing with Kurt Cobain on MTV Unplugged.

Dave Mason

Dave MasonSongwriter Interviews

Dave reveals the inspiration for "Feelin' Alright" and explains how the first song he ever wrote became the biggest hit for his band Traffic.

Rufus Wainwright

Rufus WainwrightSongwriter Interviews

Rufus Wainwright on "Hallelujah," his album Unfollow The Rules, and getting into his "lyric trance" on 12-hour walks.

Gary Lewis

Gary LewisSongwriter Interviews

Gary Lewis and the Playboys had seven Top 10 hits despite competition from The Beatles. Gary talks about the hits, his famous father, and getting drafted.

Chad Channing (Nirvana, Before Cars)

Chad Channing (Nirvana, Before Cars)Songwriter Interviews

Chad tells tales from his time as drummer for Nirvana, and talks about his group Before Cars.