"Lay Me Down" as written by James John Napier, Elvin Duval Dalphinis Smith and Samuel Frederick Smith....
Yes I do, I believe
That one day I will be, where I was
Right there, right next to you
And it's hard, the days just seem so dark
The moon, and the stars, are nothing without you
Your touch, your skin, where do I begin?
No words can explain, the way I'm missing you
The night, this emptiness, this hole that I'm inside
These tears, they tell their own story

You told me not to cry when you were gone
But the feeling's overwhelming, it's much too strong
Can I lay by your side, next to you, you
And make sure you're alright
I'll take care of you
And I don't want to be here if I can't be with you tonight

I'm reaching out to you
Can you hear my call? (Who's to say you won't hear me?)
This hurt that I've been through
I'm missing you, missing you like crazy

You told me not to cry when you were gone
But the feeling's overwhelming, it's much too strong
Can I lay by your side, next to you, you
And make sure you're alright
I'll take care of you
And I don't wanna be here if I can't be with you tonight

Lay me down tonight, lay me by your side
Lay me down tonight, lay me by your side
Can I lay by your side, next to you, you


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"Lay Me Down" as written by James Napier Sam Smith

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  • +4
    Song MeaningTo me this song seems to be about the loss of a loved one and how nothings the same without them, but that feeling is hard to explain. It also seems like the death might have been expected and discussed since smith says, "you told me not to cry when you were gone".
    chastity132on July 29, 2014   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this song is about the heartache that comes with losing a loved one and just missing their presence in your life. It may have been a foreseeable departure in this case. I think he's portraying that you can mentally prepare for it but emotions aren't so easy to control.
    autumn4on December 23, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General Comment6 months ago I had to leave the country and also leave my boyfriend. When we started dating we knew that I was leaving but we said that we would be prepared when the moment came and we would just break up and be friends. But it was not that simple, I just miss him so much, we talk everyday but we know that I'm not coming soon, we would have to wait 6 o 7 years to be together again and being in a relationship with so little hopes is too hard. He said that he didn't want a long distance relationship because he had one before and it turned out wrong. But we're having a long distance relationship despite that fact, even when we haven't said so. It's terribly hard to leave behind the person you love. And I hope that one day I'll be there, where I was, right next to him.
    lanaveneson February 17, 2015   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationTo me, this song does seem to be about the loss of a loved one, but not a literal death. The music video provides more insight to the writer's meaning. The death and funeral symbolize the end of the relationship, which can often feel like a death.
    emilyglh18on April 29, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAt first I thought this song was about a breakup and then once I actually listened to the lyrics I realised its about losing someone in general. Some songs on Smith's album are really great with having ulterior meanings.
    loveparis22on December 03, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song relates to me when I was in a long distance relationship. I missed him so much and not being able to be by his side was torture. I waited for the day when I could be with him in the same town but we realized that was probably never going to happen.
    kelseyp07on March 31, 2015   Link
  • 0
    MemoryWhat's in my mind when I listen to this song,

    Baby,

    You seem so close even tho you're so far away, it's like I can touch you but really all it was just a shadow. You're gone, I know that I have to accept the fact of not being able to be with you. How much I miss you say 'I love you' near my ears, you're breathing so close, your heart pound so close that I can feel you - feel you close and closer.

    I'm screaming, baby, I'm kicking myself remembering how much time I have wasted not being with you. I'm crying, louder and louder, can you hear me when I call to you? How can you when you're so far away.

    Are you alright? Are you taking good care of yourself when I'm not there with you. You're like an angel that I can feel your presence but I can't see you, how I wish I could see you.

    Remember when I lay down beside you and how you would hold me tighter and tighter? If I could and I would, do whatever I can to see you.
    Bellabel2603on August 21, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about a relationship that ended. It could be that the woman was not ready to be in a committed relationship or she had to leave him for x reason. He believes that one day they will be back together. When she broke up with him, she told him not to cry when she was gone. Life doesn't make sense without her and he misses her. He wants to let her know how hurt he is from her decision of leaving him and how he wishes he could be back together.
    JuanFeron December 02, 2015   Link

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