When Jackson Browne released his cover of “Stay” in 1977 the song felt nostalgic for an era long gone, but only 17 years had passed since Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs had a hit with the original. Now here sit over 40 years later, nostalgically remembering a song about nostalgically remembering. We’re over twice as far from Browne’s song as Browne was from Williams’s. Browne’s version is over twice as long as the original, too, which remains the shortest song ever to reach number one on Billboard’s Hot 100.
You can pick up a test pressing of “Stay” for about ten bucks, or you can tune into any old fart streaming channel and hear all of the Jackson Browne you can stand for free (or close to it). Happy hunting.