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"Sit / Stay" is a song by Poppy from her third studio album I Disagree. It is the seventh track on the album. The music video was released on March 20th, 2020.

Background

On November 26th, 2019, Poppy revealed the title along with the tracklist to I Disagree on Instagram.

On March 18th, 2020, Poppy announced on social media that the song would receive a music video, alongside a teaser.[1] This was preceded by a still frame from the music video that was posted to social media on March 15th, 2020.[2]

Theme

""Sit Stay" I wrote when I was feeling very boxed in, and it's me communicating that I'm not going to listen to the people that I've been listening to for years tell me that I can't do something that I've always wanted to do. The more melodic part is, in a way, a warning to people that are just beginning in music because this thing that you love could also be the thing that's killing you. "Don't go blind from the stars in your eyes/Welcome to the new starting line." Don't look at the world like, "Once I get this, then I'll be happy." You should just focus [on] being happy right now because it's all important." - Poppy in an interview with Alternative Press[3]

Music Video

The music video begins with several shots of a nude and bald Poppy in a padded cell and a room with a glossy black tiled floor, moving in unnatural positions and movements. The video alternates between shots of Poppy nude in the cell and sitting on the tiled floor, then switches to Poppy clothed in the padded cell with a blue filter. Later in the music video, the nude Poppy can be seen in what appears to be a wooden crate, then transitions back and forth to the previous locations. Poppy becomes more aggressive as she begins to scream and pound on the floor. The music video ends with Poppy abruptly ending her screaming.

Lyrics

[Chorus]
Every time you fall back down
Sit and stay, lie on the ground
Do what you've been, what you've been told
Sit, stay, lie down
Sit, stay, lie down

[Post-Chorus]
Ooh-ah
Ooh-ah

[Refrain]
Godspeed to the radio star
Stop the beat when they take it too far
Don't go blind from the stars in your eyes
Welcome to the new starting line
Welcome to the new starting line

[Chorus]
Hide your face and don't talk back
I have you now, so face the fact
Do what you've been, what you've been told
Sit, stay, lie down
Sit, stay, lie down

[Post-Chorus]
Ooh-ah
Ooh-ah

[Refrain]
Godspeed to the radio star
Stop the beat when they take it too far
Don't go blind from the stars in your eyes
Welcome to the new starting line (Ooh-ah)
Welcome to the new starting line (Ooh-ah)
Welcome to the new starting line (Ooh-ah)
Welcome to the new starting line (Ooh-ah)

[Outro]
I will not obey you, I will not obey
I will not obey you, I will not obey

Videos

Poppy - Sit Stay (Official Music Video)

Poppy - Sit Stay (Official Music Video)

Sit Stay

Sit Stay

Gallery

Trivia

  • During the first pre-chorus, a reversed message can be heard. When reversed, this message is revealed to be "they're not gonna let me go".
  • Chris Greatti has stated that "Sit / Stay", "Don't Go Outside", "Anything Like Me" and "Bloodmoney" are his favorite songs from I Disagree.[4]
  • The music video was directed by Poppy.
    • The director of photography as seen in the credits for the music video was Aiden Ulrich.
    • The editor as seen in the credits for the music video was Garrett Nicholson.
    • The hairstylist for the music video was Dritan Vushaj.[5]
  • The padded cell featured in the music video is the same padded cell that appears in the "All the Things She Said" music video.
  • An edited version of the music video is used as the background for the audio videos of "If It Bleeds", "Bleep Bloop" and "Don't Ask".

References

  1. https://www.instagram.com/p/B95GIdKAVHL/
  2. https://www.instagram.com/p/B9w5kqiA974/
  3. https://www.altpress.com/features/poppy-i-disagree-track-by-track-interview/
  4. https://www.instagram.com/p/B7KJKFbFQ0E/
  5. https://www.instagram.com/p/B-A8R8FgB10/

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