"I'll Stay" by Funkadelic
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“I’ll Stay” is a re-working of The Parliaments’ “I’ll Wait,” where Funkadelic transforms the dense doo-wop ballad into a sorrowful dirge. Hazel plays his guitar like a mournful wail, backed by a heavy bassline. The original song’s doo-wop sensibilities are still in the new version’s DNA, as the group wistfully pines for the return of the woman that they love. Shider, handling the lead vocal, resigns himself to wait for her, trying to convince himself that she merely left him for a fling, swearing off all other women until she returns to his life.
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