Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together

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Al Green Let's Stay Together

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This song about remaining with the one you love through good and bad times was a #1 hit for Al Green — and it continues to be a popular song at weddings. Green wrote the lyrics. The music was written by Al Jackson, Jr., and Willie Mitchell. Jackson was a drummer, producer, and songwriter. He was one of the founding members of Booker T. & The M.G.’s. Mitchell was a trumpeter, bandleader, record producer and arranger.

Green wasn’t sure about the song and wasn’t happy with the thin sound of his falsetto, but it was successful internationally.  “Let’s Stay Together”  was released as a single in 1971, backed with “Tomorrow’s Dream.” “Let’s Stay Together” went to #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Song Songs chart, and on Cash Box. It was #7 in the U.K. and #14 in Canada. It was also released on Al Green’s 1972 album titled Let’s Stay Together.

Tina Turner did a cover of the song in 1983, which also charted well internationally. It helped to boost her career after she had left Ike Turner and went out on her own.

Al Green was born Albert Leomes Greene in Forrest City, Arkansas. He is known as The Reverend Al Green and has sung, written, and produced songs in a number of genres, incuding R&B, soul, blues, and gospel.  Among his many soul hit singles are “Take Me to the River, ” “Tired of Being Alone,” “I’m Still in Love with You, and “Love and Happiness, just to name a few.

Here are the lyrics to “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green:

I, I’m I’m so in love with you
Whatever you want to do
Is all right with me
‘Cause you make me feel so brand new
And I want to spend my life with you

Let me say that since, baby, since we’ve been together
Loving you forever
Is what I need
Let me, be the one you come running to
I’ll never be untrue

Oh baby
Let’s, let’s stay together (gether)
Lovin’ you whether, whether
Times are good or bad, happy or sad
Oh, oh, oh, oh, yeah
Whether times are good or bad, happy or sad

Why, why some people break up
Then turn around and make up
I just can’t see
You’d never do that to me (would you, baby)
Staying around you is all I see
(Here’s what I want us do)

Let’s, we oughta stay together (gether)
Loving you whether, whether
Times are good or bad, happy or sad
Come on
Let’s stay, (let’s stay together) let’s stay together
Loving you whether, whether times are good or bad

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