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If You Want Me to Stay

This song is by Sly & The Family Stone and appears on the album Fresh (1973).

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If You Want Me to Stay
If you want me to stay
I'll be around today
To be available for you to see
But I am about to go
And then you'll know
For me to stay here I got to be me

You'll never be in doubt
That's what it's all about
You can't take me for granted and smile
Count the days I'm gone
Forget reachin' me by phone
Because I promise I'll be gone for a while

And when you see me again
I hope that you have been
The kind of person... that you really are now
Got to get in straight
How could I ever be late
When you're my woman taking up my time

Whoa, oh how could I ever allow
I guess I wonder how
I could get out a pocket for fun. HOW HOW
When you know that you're never number two
Number one's gonna be number one
Oh oww ooh

I'll be good
I wish I could
I get this message over to you now
Ah, yeah, message, mmmm
When you see me again
I hope that you have been
The kind of person you really are now
I'll be so good, oh
I wish I could
I get this message over to you now

Ah, yeah...

Written by:

Sylvester Stewart (Sly Stone)