Lay Down

Infobox Single
Name = Lay Down


Cover size =
Caption =
Artist = Strawbs
from Album = Bursting at the Seams
A-side =
B-side = "Backside"
Released = Start date|1972|10|13
Format = 7"
Recorded =
Genre = progressive folk, progressive rock
Length = 4:31
Label = A&M
Writer = Dave Cousins
Producer = Strawbs
Certification =
Last single = "Here It Comes"
(1972)
This single = "Lay Down"
(1972)
Next single = "Part of the Union"
(1973)
Misc = Extra tracklisting
Album = Bursting at the Seams
Type = studio
prev_track = "The Winter and the Summer"
prev_no = 8
this_track = "Lay Down"
track_no = 9
next_track = "Thank You"
next_no = 10
"Lay Down" is a song by English band Strawbs featured on their 1973 album "Bursting at the Seams". It peaked at number 12 in the UK Singles Chart.

The lyrics are based on the 23rd Psalm and the song was widely considered to be writer Dave Cousins's most commercial and radio-friendly offering to date. Indeed, some aficionados accused Cousins and Strawbs of "selling out", especially as the band later appeared on Top of the Pops dressed in glittery "glam rock" outfits.

The song was brought to the public's attention again in 2007 when it featured on the BBC television series "Life on Mars".

B-Side

The B-side "Backside" is attributed to "Ciggy Barlust and the Whales from Venus", an obvious allusion to David Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars".

It was actually a Strawbs composition credited to all members of the band at that time (see personnel below).

Other recordings

The song was re-recorded (with different personnel) for the 2003 Strawbs album "Blue Angel" and also the 1979 Dave Cousins and Brian Willoughby album "Old School Songs"

Personnel

*Dave Cousins – lead vocals, electric guitar
*Dave Lambertlead guitar, backing vocals
*John Fordbass guitar, backing vocals
*Richard Hudsondrums, backing vocals
*Blue Weaverorgan, mellotron

Release history

References

* [http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_lay.htm "Lay Down" at Strawbsweb]
*Sleeve notes to CD 540 936-2 (A&M) "Bursting at the Seams"

External links

* [http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/lyrics/alphres.asp#LAYDOWN Lyrics to "Lay Down" at Strawbsweb official site]
* [http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/lyrics/alphres.asp#BACKSIDE Lyrics to "Backside" at Strawbsweb official site]
* [http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/lyrics/alphres.asp#THEWINTERANDTHESUMMER Lyrics to "The Winter and the Summer" at Strawbsweb official site]
* [http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/lyrics/alphres.asp#TOMORROW Lyrics to "Tomorrow" at Strawbsweb official site]
* [http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/lyrics/alphres.asp#THEFLOWERANDTHEYOUNGMAN Lyrics to "The Flower and the Young Man" at Strawbsweb official site]


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