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Elvis SongPedia: Stay Away

Stay Away




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Basic Stats

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Written by: Sid Tepper, Roy C. Bennett

Recorded: January 16-17, 1968, RCA Studio B, Nashville
Released master is take 15.

Single:w/ "U.S. Male", 47-9465, February 28, 1968
Also re-released on Gold Standard Series, 447-0664, July 15, 1969

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#67 on Billboard's Hot 100
#50 on Cash Box Top 100

1st LP release: - March 1973 (reissue. Original release in October 1970 contained "Stay Away, Joe" instead.)
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My Spin

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The opening scenes of the film Stay Away, Joe fool you into believing it's going to be a decent movie. The camera pans over beautiful desert landscapes, and then the strains of this song fade in, and the opening credits begin. Unfortunately, after this tune ends, the actual film begins.

"Stay Away" is an up-tempo rendering of the old melody "Greensleeves", with new Tepper-Bennett lyrics. Earlier takes of the song are at a slower tempo, but, to me, the final version works better. Nice to hear Elvis' voice wrapped around this lovely tune, though, no matter what the tempo.

Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)


..."Stay Away" is an adaptation of the English folk song "Greensleeves", but the words and arrangement do not come up to the haunting quality of the original. This is a pity, for this could have become a big hit for Presley.

Robert Matthew-Walker, Elvis Presley: A Study in Music, 1979




A take-off on the melody of "Greensleeves", with uneven orchestration and Elvis in sad, graceful voice.

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982




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"Stay Away" Lyrics and Downloads

Ten thousand miles even though I roam
I can hear the call of the hills of home
The canyons high and the valleys low
Echo "How can you stay away"

My dreams are there where the eagle flies
Where the mountain tops seem to touch the sky
The winding streams and the winds that blow
Ask me "How can you stay away"

Far too long have I stayed apart
From this land that I love and divide my heart
Now, now I know I must go
Where the hills say "Don't stay away"
Where the hills say "Don't stay away"
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