Lay Down

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"Lay Down"
Single by Strawbs
from the album Bursting at the Seams
B-side "Backside"
ReleasedOctober 13, 1972 (1972-10-13)
Genre Progressive folk, progressive rock
Length4:31
Label A&M
Songwriter(s) Dave Cousins
Producer(s) Strawbs
Strawbs singles chronology
"Here It Comes"
(1972)
"Lay Down"
(1972)
"Part of the Union"
(1973)

"Lay Down" is a song by English band Strawbs featured on their 1973 album Bursting at the Seams . Their first hit single, it had peaked at No. 12 in the UK Singles Chart late the previous year.

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The lyrics are loosely based on the 23rd Psalm in the Old Testament 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 the band of "selling out", especially as the band later appeared on Top of the Pops dressed in glittery "glam rock" outfits and wearing make-up (with drummer Richard Hudson unusually placed at the front of the stage).

The single was described, in the original A&M Records Press Release, as ".. the Strawbs first real attempt to crack open the singles market." It featured strong rock guitar riffs from the band's new guitarist Dave Lambert. The album version features an additional guitar solo, making it about thirty seconds longer than the single.

The song was brought to the public's attention again in 2007 when it featured on the BBC television series "Life on Mars". It was, however, unaccountably absent from the DVD boxset soundtrack.

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.

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

Release history

RegionDateLabelFormatCatalogComments
United Kingdom October 13, 1972 A&M 7" single AMS7035
Denmark 1973Sonet7" singleT 7265
United States and Canada 1974A&M7" singleAM 1451B-side "The Winter and the Summer"
Netherlands A&M7" single12396 AT
Germany 1973A&M7" single12396 AT
Spain 1973A&M/Hispavox7" singleHS 897B-side "Mañana (Tomorrow)"
New Zealand 1973A&M7" singleAMK 4927B-side "The Flower and the Young Man"
Japan 1973A&M7" singleAM 186B-side "The Winter and the Summer"
Israel 1972A&M7" singleAMS 7035
Portugal 1972A&M7" single006 94136

Notes

  1. Awde, Nick 2008, p225-226

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