Al Green Let's Stay Together

Al Green Let’s Stay Together | Easily one of the best vocal performances ever

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Soul at its best, that’s ‘Let’s Stay Together’ by Al Green, one of the genre’s biggest stars who in the 1970s found his sound and hooked audiences with his smooth vocals and energy. This is a story with a lot of soul.

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Trembol | Story behind Let’s Stay Together by Al Green

Let’s Stay Together‘ is a song by American singer Al Green from his 1972 album of the same name.

  • Released as a single in 1971, ‘Let’s Stay Together‘ reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts, where it stayed for 16 and 9 weeks respectively, making it the R&B song of the year 1972.

Now that you know the facts, let’s get to the interesting part, its story 😊

One fantastic day at the end of 1971, Al Green entered, as he did every day, in the studio, but that day would be different, that day producer Willie Mitchell and drummer Al Jackson Jr. were testing a melody and rhythms that caught Al Green’s attention, he asked them about them, but both replied that they were just playing around. Green left the room, disappearing for 15 minutes. When he returned he had written the lyrics to ‘Let’s Stay Together’.

For the next eight days, they concentrated on the vocals. The producer, Mitchell, wanted it to sound very smooth, Green on the other hand wanted to use a manly tone. When they finished recording it the way Al Green wanted it, Mitchell told him it sounded like any other singer, which made Green cry 😭. He ran out of the studio, skidded his car and went to the countryside to think. When he returned to the studio, calmer, Green began to sing in whispers.

  • Within a few days, half a million copies of the single were printed and four days later it was a gold record.

Before this album, Al Green had never had a number one, but it was only a matter of time because Al had a virtuoso voice and a very special energy, he only needed to find his sound, something he achieved with Hi Records.

He created a soul sound somewhere between rough and smooth, influenced by the Stax or Atlantic Memphis sound of the 60s (Otis Redding and Solomon Burke were the greatest exponents), but giving it a more subtle touch, with backing singers singing sweetly and strings generating a more subdued feel.

‘Let’s Stay Together’ would catapult Al Green to stardom, a place from which he remained for the rest of his career with his unparalleled soul.

Al Green explains his approach to each song

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Al Green live (Facebook Image)

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Al Green and producer Willie Mitchell (Facebook image)

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Al Green (Facebook Image)


I like to touch a song, to reach into it and pull out the emotion that is lying just under the surface.


Me gusta tocar una canción, meter la mano en ella y sacar la emoción que yace justo bajo la superficie.

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Meaning of Al Green Let’s Stay Together

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Al Green ‘Let’s Stay Together‘. Album cover

If we look at the lyrics we find phrases like:

Let me say that since, baby, since we’ve been together loving you forever is what I need

I’m so in love with you, whatever you want to do is all right with me

Logic tells us that it is a romantic song in which Al Green tells his partner that she is the one and that they should stay together for the rest of their lives.

Interestingly, when Al was asked about the meaning of ‘Let’s Stay Together’, he gave a completely different version:

It’s about the civil rights movement, the death of Martin Luther King Jr. and the protests of 1968.

What do you think? Let us know below in the comments 💬

You can’t miss ⭐️ The best parts of Let’s Stay Together

Normally we highlight 3 parts of the song that we particularly like, but in this case we are going to show you a live performance of Al Green singing ‘Let’s Stay Together’, which has to be listened to in its entirety, from the first whisper, through the screams after the chorus to the subtlety of the second verse.

  • 4 minutes of pure enjoyment 😍

Al Green Let’s Stay Together (Live)

This is what it says | Let’s Stay Together lyrics

Englihs lyrics


I, I’m I’m so in love with you
Whatever you want to do
Is all right with me
‘Cause you make me feel so brand new
And I want to spend my life with you

Let me say that since, baby, since we’ve been together
Ooh, loving you forever
Is what I need
Let me, be the one you come running to
I’ll never be untrue

Oh baby
Let’s, let’s stay together (‘gether)
Lovin’ you whether, whether
Times are good or bad, happy or sad
Oh, oh, oh, oh, yeah
Whether times are good or bad, happy or sad

Why, somebody, why people break up?
Oh, then turn around and make up
I just can’t see
You’d never do that to me (would you, baby?)
Just being around you is all I see
Here’s what I want us do

Let’s, we oughta stay together (‘gether)
Loving you whether, whether
Times are good or bad, happy or sad
Come on
Let’s, woo (let’s stay together) let’s stay together
Loving you whether, whether times are good or bad



Estoy, estoy estoy tan enamorado de ti
Lo que quieras hacer
Me parece bien
Porque me haces sentir tan nuevo
Y quiero pasar mi vida contigo

Déjame decir que desde, nena, desde que estamos juntos
Ooh, amarte para siempre
Es lo que necesito
Déjame, ser a quien vengas corriendo
Nunca seré infiel

Oh  nena
Permanezcamos, permanezcamos juntos
Amandote en
los buenos o malos tiempos, felices o tristes
Oh, oh, oh, oh, yeah
los buenos o malos tiempos, felices o tristes

¿Por qué, alguien, por qué la gente rompe?
Oh, luego se dan la vuelta y se reconcilian
No puedo ver
Nunca me harías eso (¿lo harías, nena?)
Sólo estar cerca de ti es todo lo que veo
Esto es lo que quiero que hagamos

Vamos, debemos permanecer juntos
Amandote en
los buenos o malos tiempos, felices o tristes
Permanezcamos juntos
Amandote en los buenos o malos tiempos

Songwriters: Al Green / Al Jackson Jr / Willie Mitchell | Lyrics Let’s Stay Together © Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc | Background Image: Al Green (facebook image)

Did you know...?

In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine listed her in its list of the 500 greatest songs of all time at number 60 and Al Green at number 14 on its list of the 100 greatest singers.

Let’s Stay Together‘ is one of the most requested karaoke songs in North America and a must-sing on all editions of ‘American Idol‘.

The Library of Congress listed it in 2010 in the National Recording Registry. This entity annually selects “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” recordings.

After an incident in which his girlfriend died by suicide, Al Green became an ordained pastor and devoted himself to gospel music. He later returned to secular music.

Much more | Documentary, covers…

Let’s Stay Together has been covered many times. We must say that almost all of them exaggerate the vocal performance a little bit, except for Tina Turner’s version.

  • Here is a good documentary about ‘Let’s Stay Together’ album recording.

Al Green was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 for being “one of the most talented purveyors of soul music“. He is also known as “the last of the great soul singers”. Green has won 11 Grammy Awards, including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He has also received the BMI Icon Award and the Kennedy Center Honors.

Technical Note | Al Green ‘Let’s Stay Together

✔️ Let’s Stay Together brings together in little more than three minutes all the essential ingredients of the most orthodox Soul: wind arrangements, restrained and constant tempo, female choirs that verge on gospel, as well as an anthological vocal performance by Green.

✔️ It is surprising that a ballad like this can invite to dance so much. The secret is that between Al Green’s whispers he incorporates several lively screams and dynamic riffs that enhance the track, not to mention his live singing delivery.

✔️ The production is also very successful. Willie Mitchell, the producer, knowing Green’s velvety voice, created deliberately succinct instrumental arrangements, allowing the singer to reflect the full feeling with every nuance of his voice.

✔️ The sweeping vocals are joined by the Hi Records brass band and Charles Hodges’ Hammond. A perfect combination.

🎼 Played at a tempo of 102 bpm, the song was composed in G minor.

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Al Green ‘Let’s Stay Together’ cover

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