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January 13, 2019



In 63, The Hollies on Parlophone

had a UK Top 10 with ‘Stay’,

And in 2003, Will Young, with ‘Leave Right Now’

saw his third gold seller, and fourth UK No.1, win the day.


In 77, Thelma Houston on Motown

took ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’ to a UK No.13,

And in 2004, ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ on Island,

reached the Top 3 for Keane.


In 94, ‘Stay Another Day’ on London,

gave East 17 a platinum seller and five week UK No.1,

And in 2006, The Arctic Monkeys, on Domino,

peaked at No.4 with ‘Leave Before The Lights Come On’ 


In 99, ‘Stay With Me Till Dawn’, on ffrr label,

for Lucid, reached a UK No.25,

And in 2004, ‘Leave (Get Out)’ on Mercury,

for US singer Jojo, at No.2 in the UK, did arrive.


In 84, ‘Leave A Tender Moment Alone’/’Goodnight Saigon’

for Billy Joel, on CBS – a UK Top 30, was to be,

and in 94, ‘Stay Together’, on the Nude label,

gave Suede their first UK Top 3.


In 82, ‘Leave In Silence’, on Mute,

gave Depeche Mode their fifth entry in the UK Top 20 club,

and in 2005, ‘Remain’ on Mercury,

reached No.45 for UK male vocal group – Kubb.


In 2006, ‘I Want You To Stay’ on the Warp label,

peaked at No.21, for Maximo Park,

Also in 2006, UK/Holland duo – Micky Modelle V Jessy,

on All around the world label, had a Top 10 with ‘Dancing In The Dark’.


In 66, ‘Sitting On A Fence’, on the Immediate label,

reached No.25, for UK duo – Twice as much,

and in 80, for Freez, on Calibre, at No.49,

arrived their first UK entry, ‘Keep In Touch’.


In 96, ‘Don’t Leave’, for UK trio – Faithless, made No.34,

on the Cheeky label – this song, a hit in 97 too,

and in 2001, ‘Stuck In The Middle With You’, peaked at No.4

for Louise on 1st Avenue.


In 72, ‘There Are More Questions Than Answers’ on CBS –

a UK Top 10, for US singer Johnny Nash,

and in 91, ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’ on Columbia,

a UK No.1 for The Clash.


In 70, ‘Leavin’ On A Jet Plane’, on Warner Brothers,

for Peter, Paul & Mary – a US No.1 and UK No.2.

Not sure my musical themed poem makes one any the wiser,

about staying in or leaving the EU ?


written by

Harriet Blackbury

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