Stay Chords & Guitar Lesson

Welcome to my Stay chord chart by the amazing Lisa Loeb. Lovers of chick rock during the ‘90s raise your hands!

Such a great song. One of my favorites. In this tutorial, I will be going over the intro picking pattern. We will be using hybrid picking which means we will be holding the pick between our first finger and thumb while using our second and third fingers to pluck other string.

I would consider this more of an intermediate song due to the hybrid picking and the strumming pattern used. There are also some slides that will come into play in the intro as well. There really isn’t a good way to dumb down this song. It’s just that good.

Stay Guitar Chords:

Stay Strumming Patterns:

I will give you one easier strumming pattern but it does require you to switch chords on the up strum to meet the feel of the song. Instead of picking the intro, you can just strum the chords.

’Easy’ Strumming:

Am7  G
1  2  + 3 4

My strumming:
Am7         G
1 e + a 2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e + a
D     U D    D      U DU D U DU

Want to learn more about 16th note strumming and improve on your playing? Check out Lauren’s Strumming Course.

Intro/Verse Picking Pattern:

Stay Intro Lisa Loeb Guitar

Stay Guitar Lesson:

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Stay Chord Chart:

Capo at the 6th Fret.

G           Em7                                                 | Am7 G/B| C

You say       I only hear what I want to
G                    Em7                                      | Am7 G/B| C
And you say        I talk so all the time-so

|Am7                                G |

And I thought what I  felt was simple
|Am7                               G |
And I thought that I don't belong
|Am7                G     |
And now that I am leaving
|Am7                          G     |                                                C
Now I know that I did something wrong cause I missed you
Cm      |Am7                 G | |Am7       G |
Yeah,   I missed you

G                    Em7                           
And you say      I only hear what I want to
  |Am7                        G/B |
I don't listen hard I don't pay attention to the
distance that you're running or to Anyone, anywhere

(Can start strumming here again if you want)
|Am7            G/B|
I don't understand if you really care
     Cadd9                           Cadd9
I'm only hearing negative, no no no - bad

|Am7                                         G|
So I turned the radio on I turned the radio up
|Am7                                  G|
And this woman was singing my song
|Am7                           G|
The lover's in love and the other's run away
|Am7                              G|
The lover is crying cause the other won't stay

|Am7                                              G|
And some of us hover when we weep for the other
|Am7                      G|
who was dying Since the day they were born well
|Am7                      G|
Well this is not that I think that I'm throwing
|Am7               G|
but I'm thrown

And I thought I'd live forever but now I'm not so sure
You try to tell me that I'm clever but that won't take me anyhow
|Am7               G/B|       Cadd9
Or anywhere with you

|Am7                        G|
And you said that I was naive
|Am7                         G|
And I thought that I was strong
|Am7                 G|
I thought "hey I can leave, I can leave"
|Am7                            G|
But now I know that I was wrong cause
I missed you
 Cm   |Am7                    G| |Am7 G|
Yeah       I missed you

You said "you caught me cause you want me And one day I'll let you go"
You try to give away a keeper or keep me cause you're know
                             |Am7       G/B| Cadd9
you're just too scared to lose

 G        Em7                                | Am7 G/B|   C
You say      I only hear what I want   to

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