If You Stay

from Bonfire to Ash


  • If You Stay
Summer had gone, she put leaves in the gutter
and an old car out on the front lawn
I watched you move in with your bike and your boxes
I dropped the tray when you answered your door
Such a long road all the way from Ohio
I caught the outline of your face in the window
I don’t think my heart can beat any faster
There’s no way I can’t see you now
Watching the sun rise and fall
from your window
Baklava in a four poster bed
The moon keeping time with
your body & mine
I remember every word that you said
Why did you go to her?
I don’t know why
You pushed me away
Biggest mistake of my life
It took years for me to trust myself
When you left me here for someone else
It takes more then words to make this girl believe
Are you ok? I can’t hide that from you
Can’t hide that from you
Does she still have a hold?
No, we’re through
I remember when I was the only one
It’s been a long night, I’ve come a long way
I think it’s all right if you still wanna stay
I think it’s all right if you stay
Why did you take so long?


from Bonfire to Ash, released November 3, 2016
The Band:
Carmen Nickerson: Lead & Backing Vocals, Percussion
Willy Porter: Lead & Backing Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars
Zev Katz: Acoustic and Electric Bass
Ben Wisch: Acoustic and Electric Piano, Organ and Harmonium
Ben Wittman: Drums & PercussionGuest Musicians:
Knox Chandler: Electric Guitar on “Wasting Time” and “If You Stay”

Written by Willy Porter & Carmen Nickerson.
©℗ 2016 Porter Nickersongs / ASCAP. All Rights Reserved.