Musical Autopsy

In this movella, I will strip a song down to its core and try to decipher its inner meaning, if it has one, and what is wrong with it. Song suggestions welcome. *Update - I only do songs that made one of the billboard charts at some point in time. Thanks!*


1. Stay With Me by Sam Smith

Song: Stay With Me

Artist: Sam Smith

Songwriter(s): Sam Smith, Jeff Lynne, William Philips, James Napier, and Tom Petty

Current Billboard Rating: 3

Billboard Peak: 2

Release Date: August 16, 2014


I am sure all of you have heard this song before, and it has gotten stuck in your head at least one. I admit to even owning the sheet music for it. Here is the musical autopsy of Stay With Me:

[Verse 1:]
 Guess it's true, I'm not good at a one-night stand

 But I still need love 'cause I'm just a man


So far Sam has hooked up with a girl because he believes that is the only way that he can get love. However, we aren't supposed to blame him for this because he is "just a man".

 These nights never seem to go to plan
 I don't want you to leave, will you hold my hand?


He also doesn't understand what a one night stand is. A one-night stand lasts for one night. Than you never speak to that person again. Obviously, she is trying to leave, and he just wants her to 'stay with me'.

 Oh, won't you stay with me?
 'Cause you're all I need

Whoa - hold on. What do you mean "you're all I need?". I understand that love is important to you, but what about food? water? a steady income?

 This ain't love, it's clear to see
 But darling, stay with me

For some reason, the lyrics leave out the part where he says "oh" for a whole 30+ seconds, showing off that he can sing high but not well. What is up with songs doing that? It seems like a waste of time. Think about it: Home, Wake Me Up, Stay With Me...

[Verse 2:]
 Why am I so emotional?

Dude, I have no idea.

 No, it's not a good look, gain some self-control
 And deep down I know this never works
 But you can lay with me so it doesn't hurt

The fact that the person you hooked up with doesn't want to be your girlfriend? No, Sam Smith, No it never works.

[Chorus 3x]

As if the song wasn't repetitive enough.


I also want to know why it took 5 songwriters to make this. The chorus doesn't rhyme and there are only 2 verses. I kind of understand having 2 songwriters - one for the actual music and one for the words, and I could kind of understand if Sam Smith wanted to put in his input, but why do you need 5 people to write this?

I also don't really understand the message of this song in general. It was a one-night stand. That is it. One-night stand are supposed to be your fulfillment for the rest of your life and that person is never going to want to be your girlfriend the next day.

In short, the song is repetitive, and it repeats the same chord system over an over again. It also teaches are weird and possibly bad message.

This has been Musical Autopsy with Lavern.




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