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"Should I Stay or Should I Go" was a single by the Clash. The track was a favorite of Jonathan and Will Byers. It is played multiple times in the show.

History

Background

In 1982, The Clash released their fifth studio album Combat Rock, including the track "Should I Stay or Should I Go".

The same year, Jonathan Byers incorporated the song into an eclectic mixtape, which he later gave to his younger brother.

Season One

While trying to communicate with his mother while trapped in an alternate dimension, Will manipulated the cassette player in his bedroom, which began to play "Should I Stay or Should I Go".

Eleven later transmitted the sound of Will's voice via radio as he weakly sang the lyrics of the song.

Will once again gently sang the lyrics of the song while resting in Castle Byers, just prior to being captured by the Monster.

Lyrics

Darlin' you got to let me know

Should I stay or should I go?

If you say that you are mine

I'll be here 'til the end of time

So you got to let me know

Should I stay or should I go?


It's always tease tease tease

You're happy when I'm on my knees

One day is fine and next is black

So if you want me off your back

Well come on an' let me know

Should I stay or should I go?


Should I stay or should I go now?

Should I stay or should I go now?

If I go there will be trouble

An' if I stay it will be double

So come on and let me know


This indecision's buggin' me (esta indecisión me molesta)

If you don't want me, set me free (Si no me quieres, librame)

Exactly whom I'm supposed to be (digame qué tengo ser?)

Don't you know which clothes even fit me? (No sabes que ropa me quedar)

Come on and let me know (Pero tienes que decir)

Should I cool it or should I blow? (¿Me debo ir o quedarme?)


Split


(Doble! ¿Me frío o lo soplo?)

(Esperda)

(Rrattarrattarrattaa...)


Should I stay or should I go now? (Yo! ¿Me frío o lo soplo?)

Should I stay or should I go now? (Yo! ¿Me frío o lo soplo?)

If I go there will be trouble (Si me voy, va a haber peligro)

And if I stay it will be double (Si me quedo, es doble)

So you gotta let me know (Pero que tienes que decir)

Should I cool it or should I blow? (¿Me frío o lo soplo?)


Should I stay or should I go now? (¿Me frío o lo soplo?)

If I go there will be trouble (Si me voy, va a haber peligro)

And if I stay there will be double (Si me quedo, es doble)

So you gotta let me know (Pero que tienes que decir)

Should I stay or should I go

Behind the scenes

Nora Felder, the show's music supervisor, initially had a difficult time acquiring permission to use the song, as the rights holders didn't want the song to be used as a joke in a show about "monsters from an alternative world." In order to convince them, Felder presented the scenes featuring the song as fostering a bond between a family.[1]

References

  1. "‘Stranger Things’ Creative Team on Why the Netflix Show Almost Didn’t Get Made" Variety. August 18, 2017.

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