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“Lay Me Down’ is a sad song, about losing someone and expressing how much you miss them. The controversial music video was filmed at the parish church of St. Margaret, Lee outside London. The video finds Smith performing in front of what appears to be a mournful funeral but turns out to be a joyous gay marriage. The end of the video shows that Smith was just remembering how it all happened, marriage and death of his partner in the same church. In an interview with Rolling Stones, Smith said: “Obviously gay marriage isn’t legal in churches, and we’re doing a gay marriage today, in the church. We’re the first ever to do it. It’s obviously not a real marriage, but still.” He then added: “The priest just said to us, ‘We’re going against the rules by doing this today,’ which I thought was a lovely element in the video.

“Going to the church today, it’s like, this is the first time we’ve let people with big noses in.’ That’s the equivalent to me. I’m walking in, I’m going, ‘Why? Why are a man and a man not allowed to get married in this room?’ Because it’s the most natural thing.” In another interview Sam said: “With this video myself and Ryan Hope the director have decided to make a statement and showcase something we passionately believe in.”

The third release featured John Legend in a new video showing the latter playing the piano and singing while Smith on the Mic in a recording studio. It was released on Red Nose Day (March 9, 2015) as a charity single and all revenues from this single to benefit the charity.

Release date

First release February 15, 2013 – Re-release Februay 22, 2015 – Red Nose Day 2015 release was on March 9, 2015

Songwriter/s

Sam Smith – Jimmy Napes – Elvin Smith

Label

Capitol – Capitol

Chart Rankings

US – 8

UK – 1

GERMANY  – 1

The single topped the charts in the UK and Scotland. The British Phonographic Industry certified it Gold with sales over 400.00 copies. The Recording Industry Association of America certified it double Platinum for sales over2 million copies. ‘Lay Me Down’ peaked at number 8 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song was in the top 10 charts in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Belgium and Ireland.

Artist’s age on release date

Sam Smith was 22 years, John Legend was 36 years old when they released this song.

Cover Versions

Amateur artists covered ‘Lay Me Down’ on YouTube.

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  1. Adrienne

    April 9, 2020 at 6:06 pm

    This song has a different meaning for me.On March 27th 2015,I was first on the scene to a horrific car accident where a car had caught on fire.The male driver came running to my car,completely naked and on fire screaming for help.I got out and helped while my 2 kids rang 000. I managed to get him onto the curb and put out his flames,then sat with him while he lay on the curb,for about 15 minutes until emergency crew arrived,talking to him and calming him down.I tried to hold his hand,but it was too sore for him.He was in agony.His mum turned off his life support 2 days later..he had burns to 99% of his body.Met his family and went to his funeral.His name was Kevin.This song came out about the same time and it always reminded me of my time with him and always made me cry,no matter where I heard it.My daughter commented in the car one day that the song reminded her of the accident scene too.Fast forward 4 years.Sam Smith was touring Australia and my daughter wanted to go,but I could not afford 2 tickets.About a month before coming to Perth, I managed to buy 2 of the best tickets for original price( front side block,last row) to his concert,on a local FB page and my tax return had just come in.Only told my daughter about a week before…she couldn’t believe it.Yes I cried when he sang the song lol,So Sam’s sister from the UK had flown over for the concert and he pointed her out.She was standing right behind us!Couldn’t believe it!So at the end of the concert,I went and introduced myself,told her the story what happened and what that song meant to me.She gave me a big hug and some very kind words.After that, I can now listen to that song without crying!.Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think sitting at that horrific scene with Kevin,I would be telling Sam Smith’s sister about it and what her brothers song meant to me!Life can be so weird sometimes.

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