"Stay with Me", written by Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood, was first recorded by their band Faces for the 1971 album A Nod Is as Good as a Wink...To a Blind Horse. The song has also appeared on various Faces compilations and on albums by both songwriters. The lyrics describe a woman named Rita with "red lips, hair and fingernails" he "found... down on the floor"; the singer proposes a one-night stand on the condition that she must be gone when he wakes up. The song starts with a breakneck intro that settles into a steady half-tempo groove — a simplerock & roll formula at a time when music was becoming more complicated.
- Rod Stewart - lead vocals
- Ronnie Wood - guitars
- Ronnie Lane - bass guitar
- Ian McLagan - keyboards
- Kenney Jones - drums
Manic Street Preachers covered "Stay with Me" with Bernard Butler on guitar during their 1994 European tour with Suede. The song was chosen as a tribute to the Manic Street Preachers' manager and mentor Philip Hall, who had died the previous year.
Skylar Laine covered this song during the 11th season of American Idol.