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In the book “The Spice Girls Revisited” by David Sinclair it was confirmed by the co-writers/producers of the song Matthew Rowe & Richard Stannard that Geri Halliwell was the main songwriter of “Viva Forever”, the last single by the Spice Girls as 5 piece. The song was written/recorded in 1997. 

As for the meaning of the song, it is said that it’s about a romance that she kept a secret [Feelings unfold, they will never be sold and the secret’s safe with me] and it mostly reflects on the holidays, adventures and memories they made together.

The funny thing is: Geri never had a long term boyfriend during the Spice Girls or had the time to date anyone outside fame. Plus, most of the holidays/adventures she went was with Melanie B [Fiji, Portugal, Spain, Sri Lanka, Antigua and Barbudas, Maui, the infamous Mojave desert incident]. At the end, it pretty much explains why the song never mentions a “he”.

Bottom line: The song is about her relationship with Mel B.

Note: Mel B cried while performing this song twice in Oslo, Norway during the ‘98 Tour. The 28th of May (the day after Geri left) and the 29th (on her 23rd birthday).


"Please Stay” é uma canção dance-pop para o sétimo álbum de Kylie, Light Years (2000). Foi produzido por Richard Stannard e Julian Gallagher. A canção foi lançada como quarto single, no inverno de 2000 e no Reino Unido, chegando a número dez. Na Austrália, a canção alcançou o número quinze no ARIA Singles Chart, vendendo mais de 35.000 exemplares, sendo disco de ouro.