Meaning of Stop by Sam Brown & Song Story

Samantha Brown, better known as Sam Brown, has her biggest hit to date with Stop! from the British singer’s self-titled debut album. She stayed on the charts for twelve weeks, sold out in large numbers and made the performer famous all over the world.

At the same time, the artist does not consider the popular track to be her best work and states that it is in no way connected with her personal life.

The history of the creation of the song Stop Sam Brown

Brown co-wrote it with Gregg Sutton and Bruce Brody.

Samantha told under what circumstances the idea to compose a composition arose:

For me, it works best when I have the main idea of ​​the lyrics and then I look for the melody, choosing words that fit perfectly. But there are no hard and fast rules.

Sometimes the song just comes along, as was the case with Stop!, which I wrote while driving down the Pacific Highway near Los Angeles one day. I was nineteen, covered in pimples, wearing dungaree pants, a beret, Doctor Martens boots, and I loved it.

My record company asked me to go to California for a couple of months and write a little bit. True, I didn’t really get used to it and, in fact, didn’t have a very good rest. I hardly look like a typical Southern California beach babe, do I? But I did write some good songs, and Stop was one of them.

The meaning of the song Stop Sam Brown

Samantha performed the composition so soulfully that many music lovers decided that she was sharing her personal experience. However, the singer assures that the words of the song Stop! It’s nothing more than her fantasy.

I wrote Stop in Los Angeles in 1986. In fact, it just came to me, it had nothing to do with that period in my life, it is not autobiographical. Yes, it’s really a very sad song, a very emotional song. Obviously, I needed to write it then.

Release and achievements

On June 8, 1988, the title track of Stop! released as the second single. The song peaked at number 42 on the UK Singles Chart. A year later, a re-release took place, after which the composition climbed to fourth place in the UK Singles Chart.

Also Stop! became a hit in Iceland, Belgium, Norway and several other countries, making Sam Brown famous outside the UK.

Samantha says she doesn’t consider the song’s commercial success to be the pinnacle of her musical career. Moreover, she states:

Ask anyone familiar with my music, “What’s your favorite Sam Browne album?” They will answer 43 Minutes. They won’t say Stop, because Stop wasn’t really my true reflection, which was 43 Minutes at that point in my life.

Clip Stop Sam Brown

The music video for the song is probably known to most readers, but this is not a reason to deny yourself the pleasure of watching Sam Brown’s “Stop” video again.

Cover versions of Stop!

In 1989, the then sixteen-year-old Polish singer Edita Gorniak performed the composition Stop. She performed a cover at a local talent show.

In 2004, Jamelia recorded Stop! for the soundtrack of the film “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason”. A clip was shot for the track.

Also worth noting is the Stop! Joe Bonamassa, included in his album The Ballad of John Henry.

Victoria Daineko recorded Stop! in Russian, calling the song “One Hundred Steps”.

Interesting Facts

  • Song Stop! included in the soundtrack of the feature film “Bitter Moon” (Bitter Moon).


All that I have is all that you’ve given me
Did you never worry that I’d come to depend on you
I gave you all the love I had in me
Now I find you’ve lied and I can’t believe it’s true

Wrapped in her arms I see you across the street
And I can’t help but wonder if she knows what’s going on
You talk of love but you don’t know how it feels
When you realize that you’re not the only one

Oh you’d better stop before you tear me all apart
You’d better stop before you go and break my heart
Ooh you’d better stop

Time after time I’ve tried to walk away
But it’s not that easy when your soul is torn in two
So I just resign myself to it every day
Now all I can do is to leave it up to you


Stop if love me
(You will remember)
now’s the time to be sorry
(That day forever)
I won’t believe that you’d walk out on me


Sam Brown / Gregg Sutton / Bruce Brody
Lyrics to Stop, © Almo Music Corp., Irving Music Inc., Doolittle Music, Kassner Associated Publishers Ltd., Wayblue-ltd. UK, Irving Music, Rondor Music (London) Ltd., Piccadilly Music Corporation, Let’s See Music Company

Stop Lyrics – Sam Brown

All I have is all you gave me.
Did it ever bother you that I’d be so dependent on you?
I gave you all the love that was in me
And now I understand that you lied, and I can’t believe it’s true.
I saw you in her arms across the street
And I can only ask, does she know what’s going on?
You talk about love but you don’t know what it’s like
Realize that you are not the only one.

Oh, you’d better stop before you finish me off completely.
You better stop before you break my heart.
Oh, you better stop.

I tried many times to leave
But it’s not so easy when your soul is torn in two.
So I just put up with it every day.
Now I just have to let you decide.


Stop if you love me
(You will remember)
Now is the time to regret.
(This day is forever)
I won’t believe that you will leave me.


Song quote

All I want to do is sit down and write songs on the piano instead of thinking about copying Stop.

Sam Brown

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