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"Cry/I Want You To Stay" (song written for MJ by Marsha Ambrosius)

Updated: Feb 15, 2023

I know you all are familiar with Michael's silky, soulful jam, "Butterflies," written by Floetry (Marsha Ambrosius). But did you know she wrote another song for Michael titled "Cry/I want you to stay?" The song was written a few weeks before Michael's passing, and as stated by Marsha in the video's audio below—they never got to finish the song. A few weeks before the "This Is It" tour was slated to begin, she flew over to London and wrote the song in her mother's house on the piano. And though this is only Marsha singing, one can tell it was written with Michael in mind—I can definitely hear him singing this! In an interview with Soul Culture, she stated, "Michael Jackson's influence can be seen and heard in not just the music I make but in most artists. I can't help it! No pun. Why not strive for greatness?"


I wonder if Michael got a chance to lay any vocals for "Cry/I want you to stay?" It's such an emotional and beautiful arrangement—peep the audio of her performing the song live at the "Jazz Cafe" in London in July 2009.


Peep the Live piano version of the song she wrote for Michael, "Cry/I Want You To Stay," in the video below:


Please note: a different song, also titled "Cry," appears on her album, "Late nights and Early Mornings."


Please note: When this post was originally posted, it contained a link to "Soul "Culture's interview with Marsha Ambrosius. However, it seems their website is no longer in operation or open to the public.

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Unknown member
08. Sept. 2021

This got me in my feels🥺

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Unknown member
08. Sept. 2021
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Oh absolutely!! The lyrics and phrasing are very telling. And the timing is kinda eerie to be honest…nothing is coincidence

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