Stay Gone

"Stay Gone" is a debut song co-written and recorded by American country music singer Jimmy Wayne. It was released in January 2003 single as the lead-off single from his self-titled debut album on DreamWorks Records Nashville. It became his first Top 5 single on Hot Country Songs chart, peaking at #3. The song also reached #32 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Wayne co-wrote the song with Billy Kirsch.

"Stay Gone"
Single by Jimmy Wayne
from the album Jimmy Wayne
ReleasedJanuary 20, 2003
LabelDreamWorks Nashville
Jimmy Wayne singles chronology
"Stay Gone"
"I Love You This Much"
Music video
"Stay Gone" at


"Stay Gone" is a ballad mostly accompanied by acoustic guitar and mandolin, with electric guitar solos preceding the third verse and chorus. The narrator tells his ex-lover that he is over her and wants her to "stay gone".

Music videoEdit

The music video was directed by Trey Fanjoy. The video portrays Wayne singing and playing guitar in a desert.

Critical receptionEdit

Rick Cohoon of Allmusic gave the song a favorable review.[1] He stated in his review that Wayne "sends this one right to the pit of our stomachs, as we all know what it feels like to struggle for equilibrium after a breakup."[1]

Fellow reviewer Thom Jurek described the song in his album review of Jimmy Wayne as "an invitation for the rest of us to remember our own experiences, despite his protagonist's plea to remain apart, out of sight, because of the pain."[2]

Chart performanceEdit

The song debuted at #58 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks tracks chart dated February 8, 2003. Having charted for 28 weeks on that chart, it peaked at #3 on the country chart dated July 5, 2003, and at #32 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Chart (2003) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 32
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 3

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (2003) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 21


  1. ^ a b Cohoon, Rick. "Jimmy Wayne - "Stay Gone" review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-01-02.
  2. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Jimmy Wayne Album Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-01-02.
  3. ^ "Jimmy Wayne Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved January 30, 2011.
  4. ^ "Jimmy Wayne Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved January 30, 2011.
  5. ^ "Best of 2003: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2003. Retrieved July 13, 2012.

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