Justin Bieber & The Kid LAROI, Stay: the meaning of the lyrics

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Stay is a song released in 2021, weritten by Justin Bieber and The Kid Laroi. Since it came out it never left the heavy rotation on the radio and, as a summer song, he even managed to overcome the cold season and remain among the top played songs even in summer 2022. That’s why people is still interested to know what the real meaning of the lyrics is. In this article we will delve into it.

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Stay: the meaning of the lyrics

Stay is an imperative. A request the two singer make to the girls they are in love with. Because without them, they are lost. In a different way, of course. This, in short, the meaning of Justin Bieber & The Kid LAROI song lyrics.

In the song there are two separate parts, each of them sang by one of the authors. Since the sentimental relationship is different for Justin Bieber and The Kid LAROI, the lyrics assume a different meaning.

When The Kid LAROI sings, it look clear that the author is wasting his life, and he needs the presence of the girl he loves to stay balanced, to live life properly.

I get drunk, wake up, I’m wasted still
I realize the time that I wasted here
I feel like you can’t feel the way I feel
I’ll be f***ed up if you can’t be right here

On those verses it looks clear that the rapper has a life alone and gets lost in some bad habit (probably drugs?). He needs to feel good again, to gain control. And in order to do that, he needs her. That’s why he asks it in the chorus.

I do the same thing, I told you that I never would
I told you I changed, even when I knew I never could
I know that I can’t find nobody else as good as you
I need you to stay, need you to stay

For The Kid LAROI, the reason why he needs her to stay is that he feels wasted without her. On the other side, Justin Bieber takes over at this point and offers his point of view on the topic. He also needs the girl he loves. He’s married with her, though, so the song becomes a love letter to his wife.

When I’m away from you, I miss your touch (ooh)
You’re the reason I believe in love

This means not only that Justin Bieber returns his wife’s love, but also that he recognizes the wonderful way she love him. “Ain’t no way that I can leave you stranded, ’cause you ain’t never left me empty-handed.”

Stay is therefore a love songs written by two man that feel lost without the girl they love. One because he wastes his life in bad behaviours, the other because he loves her and he feels he can’t live without her.

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The full lyrics of the song

I do the same thing, I told you that I never would
I told you I changed, even when I knew I never could
I know that I can’t find nobody else as good as you
I need you to stay, need you to stay, hey

I get drunk, wake up, I’m wasted still
I realize the time that I wasted here
I feel like you can’t feel the way I feel
I’ll be fucked up if you can’t be right here

Oh-whoa (oh-whoa, oh-whoa)
Oh-whoa (oh-whoa)
Oh-whoa (oh-whoa)
I’ll be f***ed up if you can’t be right here

I do the same thing, I told you that I never would
I told you I changed, even when I knew I never could
I know that I can’t find nobody else as good as you
I need you to stay, need you to stay, hey

When I’m away from you, I miss your touch (ooh)
You’re the reason I believe in love
It’s been difficult for me to trust (ooh)
And I’m afraid that I’ma fuck it up

Ain’t no way that I can leave you stranded
‘Cause you ain’t never left me empty-handed
And you know that I know that I can’t live without you
So, baby, stay

Oh-whoa (oh-whoa, oh-whoa)
Oh-whoa (oh-whoa)
Oh-whoa (oh-whoa)
I’ll be f***ed up if you can’t be right here

I do the same thing, I told you that I never would
I told you I changed, even when I knew I never could
I know that I can’t find nobody else as good as you
I need you to stay, need you to stay, yeah