I Wanna Stay With You
I had heard of the songwriters Gallagher and Lyle during the late 1960s. They had written for Apple Records, and both later joined the band McGuinness-Flint, enjoying a major chart hit with the song ‘When I’m Dead And Gone’. The Folk roots of that song didn’t make it appeal to me that much, and it was a while before I noticed them again. They formed a duo in 1972, and embarked on a career of recording their own songs, none of which I took any notice of at all.
By 1976, they had already released four albums, and I had been blissfully unaware of their new career. Then the fifth album appeared that year, and I sat up and took notice. The easygoing pop song ‘Heart On My Sleeve’ got into the charts, and the pair appeared on TV pop shows. I thought it was OK, but still a little Folk-based for me. But another track was released from that same album, and that one really got into my brain, and under my skin.
It had a different feel, some orchestration and brass instruments, and built up very nicely indeed. Although I could tell it was them, from the distinctive vocal, I realised that this great little love song was very much my kind of thing. I bought the single, and played it constantly. Forty-two years later, I still like it as much as that first time I heard it.