'Let's Stay Together' by Al Green: Song Meaning, Lyrics, And History

Al Green performing on stage, holding a rose, circa 1974. (Photo by Echoes/Redferns)

With the 1972 hit "Let's Stay Together," Al Green struck a perfect balance. The song is neither fast nor slow -- while the rhythm has some pace to it, the singing is leisurely. It's a love song, but it's a humble proposal, telling the woman that "whatever you want to do / Is alright with me." Its lyrics, though romantic, are plainspoken, with a relatable meaning. It's funky, yet sincere. This is a song that works whether you're at a nightclub or spending a quiet night in. And it's a fact that nobody, not a single person, doesn't like "Let's Stay Together." How did this soul gem of the early '70s come about?