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Why Stay?/A Promise

This song is by Alice Ripley, Jennifer Damiano, J. Robert Spencer and Adam Chanler-Berat and appears on the musical soundtrack Next to Normal (2009).

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Why stay?
Why stay?
So steadfast and stolid and stoic and solid
For day after every day
Why stay?
Why stay?
Why not simply give in and get on with living?
'Cause everyone knows you tried
But somehow something died
On the way
So tell me why you stay

Diana and Natalie:
Why stay?
Why stay?
Enduring and coping and hurting and hoping for day after fucking day
Why stay?
Why stay?
Why not simply end it? We'd all comprehend it, and most of the world would say it:
He's better off that way
To be free
And maybe so is she

Dan and Henry:
A promise a boy says forever
A boy says whatever may come will come through
And who can know how when all I know now to be true
Is this promise that I made to you

A question, a boy wonders whether (A boy wonders should I stay)
The two stay together the way that they stay
For year after year, for love or from fear, either way (Oh either way)
That's the promise that I made that day

Here's what I say to the girl who was burning so brightly
Like the light from Orion above
And still I will search for her nightly
If you see her, please send her my love

And the boy was a boy for all seasons (The boy is long lost)
That boy is long lost to me now (So lost)
And the man has forgotten his reasons
But the man still remembers his vow

A promise a man says forever
A man says I'll never regret or let you
The promise I made to stay and I stay true
Knowing one day we'd remember that joy
You'd remember that girl, I'd remember that boy
'Til we do, the promise I made I'll make it brand new
The promise that I made to you


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