“Stay a Little Longer” is a Western swing dance tune written by Bob Wills and Tommy Duncan. 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 (verse three) 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 it in 1945…..which reached # 3 on the charts in 1946…..after which Willie Nelson’s recording in 1973 reached # 22….then Mel Tillis also charted his rendition at # 17 in 1982…..as this song has been recorded numerous times.