Sam Smith Re-Recorded ‘Stay With Me’ & Updated Its Lyrics: ‘Sometimes, We Can Change the Past’

A decade after they released it, pop singer Sam Smith is coming back to their breakout hit — and this time, they’re ready for something fresh.

In an emailed note to their fans, Smith shared that they recorded a brand new version of “Stay With Me” to honor of its 10th anniversary, and changed one of the song’s lyrics in the process. “This song is truly so special to me, so for the 10 year anniversary I re-recorded the track, which will be available on all platforms & physical,” they said in the message. “Including the updated lyric ‘but I still need love, baby understand’ which felt really important to me. It’s beautiful to know that sometimes, we can change the past.”

The song’s original lyric saw Smith saying that they “still need love, because I’m just a man.” In 2019, Smith publicly came out as non-binary, changing their pronouns to they/them. In subsequent live performances of the song since — including on their Gloria World Tour — the singer has often changed the lyric live.

Smith also altered the lyrics of the song even further when performing at the White House to honor the Respect for Marriage Act’s passing back in 2022. To mark the occasion, Smith changed a lyric in the track’s chorus from “This ain’t love, it’s clear to see,” to “This is love, it’s clear to see.”

Elsewhere in their statement, Smith reflected on the writing and recording process of “Stay With Me,” thanking their collaborators Jimmy Napes and Tourist for helping them express complicated feelings through music. “When me, Jimmy and Tourist wrote this song, none of us would’ve expected it to become what it has in the world,” they wrote. “I will never forget Will (Tourist) playing those three chords on the piano. I stopped everything I was doing and said ‘what is that’. Those chords and this song still stir me in the same way to this day. I’ve never once got sick of singing it.”

Upon its release in 2014, “Stay With Me” became an international hit for the then relatively unknown Smith. Debuting at No. 68 on the Billboard Hot 100 shortly after its release, “Stay With Me” steadily climbed the chart to reach its No. 2 peak in August, a career-high for the singer until their smash-hit “Unholy” reached No. 1 in October 2022.

Pre-orders for the 10th anniversary edition of Smith’s In the Lonely Hour — including their new version of “Stay With Me” — are available on the singer’s website. Listen to the original version of the track below:

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