Which Random Weekend song will scare us on this Halloween morning?
It’s ‘I Will Stay,’ surprisingly the first song I’ve featured from Shelby Lynne’s 2003 album Identity Crisis.
Singer-songwriter Lynne toiled for a decade, releasing five albums, before having her breakthrough with 1999’s excellent, bluesy I Am Shelby Lynne. She was amusingly nominated for, and wound up winning, Best New Artist at that year’s Grammys.
Then came 2001’s disappointing Love, Shelby, which sought to capitalize on her newly high profile but ended up impersonal and bland.
Identity Crisis was a fine comeback, featuring country rock and acoustic balladry and excellent vocal performances. I lost track of Lynne after this album and its follow-up, but I’m always rewarded when I get a chance to revisit it.
Look in my eyes, no surprise
That I wanted, to love you
You took me in your mind
I took the time, to realize
I love you
But this time, I will stay
Daylight nears your face
I won’t erase, the picture we made
And I will follow, the page
I will, stay
No trace of yesterday
They are gone
And I know, yes I know
I will stay
I am really unfamiliar with her work, but this is a beautiful song and I suspect I would like like the rest of the album as well as “I Am Shelby Lynne.”