On first listen, Brothers Osborne’s “Stay a Little Longer” could be an ode to the one-night stand, a simmering meditation on questionable late-night activities that explodes into a gnarly guitar solo that had to be hacked by nearly two minutes for radio airplay. But underneath the masterful shredding of John Osborne and his brother TJ’s melting vocals is a yearning rock ballad about the tortures of love and one question that’s stumped us all in relationships: What the hell are we doing?
“There are a lot of songs that are about being in love and a lot of songs about heartbreak, and this song is about that in-between stage,” John Osborne tells Billboard. “And that’s actually the hardest part of a relationship -- when you don’t know.”
The Jay Joyce-produced single, which the Osbornes wrote with Shane McAnally, reflects on the ever-frustrating cycle of thinking you can live without someone but then realizing you can’t. The goal of the song’s brand-new video, TJ Osborne explains, was translating that tug-of-war visually without being too literal.