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YOU CAN PLAY ALONG WITH THE VIDEO IN GCEA TUNING! Note - in the recording the piano is playing the chords with the Am on the 1 beat, the F on the 3 beat, and the C on the + beat at the end of the bar - so slightly syncopated:
/[Am] [F] [C]/[Am] [F] [C]/
/ 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +/ 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +/
But for purposes of simplicity and group play at BUG, we'll play it as I've shown in the INTRO in the song sheet, and let the bass do the pick-up on the "+".
"Stay with Me" was released in the United States on 14 April 2014 and in the United Kingdom on 18 May 2014. The song was written by Smith, James Napier, and William Phillips, with Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne later receiving co-writer credits - in January 2015, it was revealed that a settlement had been reached with Tom Petty's publishing company to add Petty and Jeff Lynne as co-writers, and that they would receive a 12.5% songwriting credit because of the likeness to the melody of Petty's 1989 song "I Won't Back Down". The song won the Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year, and in his acceptance speech for winning the Record of the Year, Smith said that "I want to thank the man who this record is about who I fell in love with last year. Thank you so much for breaking my heart because you got me four Grammys." At the 57th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony, Darkchild's version of "Stay with Me" won two Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. The song has become Smith's most successful single to date, peaking at number one in the UK Singles Chart (becoming Smith's third chart-topper there, second as a solo artist), topping the charts in Canada and New Zealand, and reaching number two on the US Billboard Hot 100. It has also reached top 10 status in over twelve countries worldwide.