Goo Goo Dolls - Stay With You

October 16, 2011 Critic Jonni 0 Comments

January 2: Goo Goo Dolls - Stay With You (2006)
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Since I've already mentioned this song in a previous post, I thought for my Sunday recollection, I'll do this song. To be honest, I'm not entirely sure if I've ever seen this music video before. I don't think I have, but it's one of those music videos that you could watch a number of times and then simply forget you ever watched it. Which makes it very similar to "Iris". The Goo Goo Dolls are a 3-piece rock band consisting of John Rzeznik, Robby Takac and Mike Malinin, they have released a number of songs but rarely make it on the UK singles chart. In fact this song managed to get to number 39, which is one of their highest charting positions.

This song was written by John Rzeznik himself, therefore allowing the emotion to run straight to us. As I have mentioned before his husky voice makes tracks such as this one and "Iris" a classic rock song, and there's no artists out there at the moment with such a voice. The song is about staying next to his partner and being there for her, and they'll run away together and be free once and for all, and they belong together so they will not break up. It's a really sweet song and John's husky voice makes it that little bit more powerful.

The music video is a normal rock sort of video, with little going on, there really isn't a lot to say about the video to be totally honest, there is not narrative storyline, and it's just the band playing together. I like the concept of the lights and how they hang from the ceiling and at certain times they're either on or off, and they change due to the song. I also like the use of a girl appearing behind them on some sort of "billboard"-like poster thing, it's a nice idea, and it suggests they're staying together to a moderate amount.

I really like this song, but I can see why it didn't chart very high, as many people might not have liked this song as much, but it is still good that it managed to get to number 39, and I think the influence was of the B-Side, which may have pushed it into the top 40. However there is not a lot going on in the music video, and it kind of reminds me of "Iris" a little bit, but without the telescopes and the film scenes.

Overall I really do like this song, it's quite powerful and there is so much emotion displayed right in front of you, surely you have to agree with me. However it's music video is not as good as it could be, and I could easily become bored with it. I like some aspects of the music video, but there's just nothing that great about it.