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"Stay (Wasting Time)"
Single by Dave Matthews Band
from the album Before These Crowded Streets
Released 1998
Format CD single
Genre Rock
Length 5:35 (Album Version)
4:30 (Album/Remix Edit)
Label RCA
Producer Steve Lillywhite
Dave Matthews Band singles chronology
"Don't Drink the Water"
"Stay (Wasting Time)"
Before These Crowded Streets track listing
"Don't Drink the Water"
(Track 4)
"Stay (Wasting Time)"
(Track 5)
(Track 6)
The Best of What's Around Vol. 1 track listing
"Say Goodbye (Live)"
(Track 3)
"Stay (Wasting Time) (Live)"
(Track 4)
"Everyday (Live)"
(Track 5)

"Stay (Wasting Time)" is a song by the Dave Matthews Band, released as the second single off their album Before These Crowded Streets. As a single, it reached #8 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart, #33 on the Top 40 Mainstream, and #20 on the Adult 40. The song features Tawatha Agee, Cindy Myzell, and Brenda White King on background vocals.

The song has been used as a set closer or as an encore frequently in their live performances. This song is one of the few which do not differ greatly from its studio version when performed live. The only major difference that occurs during live performances is that sometimes the ending of the song features improvisation.

The song was used by the Virginia Tourism Corporation for a 2005 television commercial.[1]


Track listing

  1. "Stay (Wasting Time)" (Remix Edit) — 4:30
  2. "Stay (Wasting Time)" (Album Edit) — 4:30
  3. "Stay (Wasting Time)" (Album Version) — 5:36

Live releases

A live performance of "Stay (Wasting Time)" is featured on the following albums:


Chart (1998) Peak
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 8
U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40 20
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 33


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