Departing from the usual fare here at BH, I thought I'd try writing a tad about Sugarland's hit called Stay. Yea... I know... quite the departure.
I've been mesmerized time and again by the ballad. I know nothing about the band, and as I write this, I couldn't tell you what the name of the lead singer is. But the song is haunting, alluring, and in my view, remarkably done. I guess maybe you have to be a bit of a country fan to like the song and I am but still, I find myself pausing whenever I hear it.
The song, as I see it anyway, is about a someone who initially succumbs to the desires of her own needs and seeks the company and favor of a married man yet who in the end finds herself, overcomes those desires and finds... redemption.... maybe.
I'm not so sure that anyone but Jennifer Nettles (she's the lead singer whose name I just looked up) can pull the song off as masterfully as she has and I've seen numerous renditions including the video shown on CMT where emotion reigns and where that emotion really draws you in... or at least it did me... the first time I saw it.
I've learned over the years when something grabs me like this that there's usually something deeper going on and so this post began as my attempt to put flesh on those bones but frankly, Im struggling with it.
Is it appealing because of the emotion? Does it draw me in because Ms. Nettles isn't hard to look at? Or is it more than that?
I see the song to be about the magnetic power of sin, about how it appeals to one's sense of desire and fulfillment, about how eventually it's nothing but a lie, and about how coming to know that truth is redeeming.
And maybe that's why the song is, to me, so damned captivating.