Peter Runks – “Why Do You Stay”
“Why Do You Stay” is a haunting song about a woman who’s trapped in an abusive relationship, superbly executed by Reggae artist, Peter Runks ” The Rock”. “If he loves you then why does he hurt you?” asks Peter.
From an outside perspective, toxic relationships don’t make any sense. Why would anyone stay with someone who lessens, abuses, and makes them suffer? This is the message Peter Runks’ heartfelt performance desperately tries to get across to the victim. The soulful tone and melody of the song goes hand in hand with the realization of toxic love.
Peter’s voice is grieved, and as such afflicting on the listener, as he pleads his case: “How long will you let this continue girl? He speaks to you in so much rage and anger,” questions Peter. This song shows how the relationship is dangerous, and that it is the moment to make a change, gather the strength to face the abuser, and leave.
Peter Runks’ measured, emotion-filled tones are in perfect order and the lyrical material is out of the top drawer. The influence of R&B vocalists is evident in his rocksteady strains, his clear delivery means the conscious messages of “Why Do You Stay” get across easily, his voice simply affecting.
Domestic Violence is a global epidemic. Listen to “Why Do You Stay” and help spread the word.