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Stay Away


(Tepper / Bennett)



Stay Away was written by Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett, who based the song on the melody of Greensleaves. Greensleeves was supposedly written by England's King Henry VIII. In 1952 Mantovani made a successful recording of Greensleeves (London 1171), as did the Beverly Sisters (London 1703) in 1957, and Mason Williams (Warner Bros. 7272) in 1969.


Elvis recorded Stay Away on October 2, 1967, at RCA's Nashville studios. It was sung over the opening credits of Elvis's 1968 movie Stay Away, Joe. His single release had a five-week stay on the Hot 100 chart, peaking at #67. Stay Away reportedly sold over a million copies worldwide.



Ten thousand miles even though I roam

I can hear the call of the hills of home
The canyons high and the valleys low
Echo "How can you stay away"

My dreams are there where the eagles fly
Where the mountain tops seem to touch the sky
The winding streams and the winds that blow
Ask me "How can you stay away"

Too long have I stayed apart
From this land that I love and denied my heart
Now, now I know I must go
Where the hills say "Don't stay away"
Where the hills say "Don't stay away"


Where it was released:

Released for the fist time on single »



- U.S. Male / Stay Away (RCA 47-9465) March 1968. Standard release »

- U.S. Male / Stay Away (RCA 447-0664) 1970. Gold standard series reissue.



- Stay Away (1968)



- Almost in Love (1973) »

- Double Features: Kissin’ Cousins / Clambake / Stay Away Joe (1994)

- Tomorrow is a Long Time (1999)

- Long Lonely Highway (2000) - FTD »

- Elvis Chante Sid Tepper & Roy C. Bennett (2001)

- Today Tomorrow and Forever (2002) - box set

- So High (2004) - FTD »

- Almost in Love (2006)

– Stay Away Joe (2013) - FTD »


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