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Music – 1979 – Mel Tillis – Stay A Little Longer – Performed Live On Stage At Austin City Limits

“Stay a Little Longer” is a Western swing dance tune written by Bob Wills and Tommy Duncan….as the title comes from a refrain in the chorus:

Stay all night, stay a little longer,
Dance all night, dance a little longer,
Pull off your coat, throw it in the corner,
Don’t see why you can’t stay a little longer.

The song consists of a number of unrelated verses….one of which is verse three….which comes from an old folk song “Shinbone Alley”:

You ought to see my Blue Eyed Sally,
She lives way down on Shinbone Alley.
Number on the gate, the number on the door,
The next house over is the grocery store.

Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys recorded “Stay A Little Longer” in 1945….which reached # 3 in 1946….as Willie Nelson had a # 22 recording in 1973….then Mel Tillis recorded a # 17 rendition in 1982. 40 hits….as the song has been recorded numerous times. 

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