If You Wanna Stay

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about

I spend a lot of time in the Alps. The folks up there have perfected the art of drunken flirtation. After a night of a little cultural exchange, I wrote this song about that timeless tradition of theirs. I stumbled down the mountain when the hangover finally wore off and took the song to Berlin to share it with my friends Simon Bauer and Daniel Schröteler, who both play with the German experimental songwriter Hans Unstern and occasionally with José González in the Göteborg String Theory. We started playing and recording the song live in Simon’s studio. I came up with the idea to double all the drums, guitars, and bass and pan them to the far left and right sides of the mix. Simon doubled the bass line with contra bass and electric bass guitar in classic Lou Reed style and the song was finished quicker than a bottle of Tyrollean schnapps.

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my senses have been numbed and my tongue’s been slowed all the beers are gone and the lights are low so if you wanna stay i would not say no if you wanna go away i’d let you go i would - but tonight is all we got and the nights are all i know and your face in the pale light looks like an angel’s in the snow where everything’s white and i barely even know where your body stops and mine starts to be alone so if you wanna stay i would not say no if you wanna go away i’d let you go but i’m too proud to beg i just hope you know that if you wanna stay i would not say no - i would- i would not - i would - you say that freedom’s what you want well freedom’s all i know but freedom only comes when you start to let go and you know it takes two to have and hold and right now i want you i don’t care about tomorrow and if you wanna stay i would not say no if you wanna go away i’d let you go but i’m too proud to beg i just hope you know that if you wanna stay i would not say no i would- i would not - i would - not

credits

from Koffer, released November 18, 2016
Ian Fisher - Lead Vocals / Guitar
Simon Bauer - Bass / Engineer
Daniel Schröteler - Drums
Ben Majchrzak @ Native Sound Studio - Mix / Organ / Backing Vocals

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Ian Fisher Berlin, Germany

A prolific songwriter and touring musician, raised on a farm in the US, living in Europe, with over 1000 songs and just as many concerts behind him.

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