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Lay Me Down
Sam Smith Lay Me Down
{{{Type}}} by Sam Smith
Released 15 February 2013
Recorded 2012
Genre
Length 4:13
Label
Producer
Sam Smith chronology
"Latch"
(2012)
"Lay Me Down"
(2013)
"La La La"
(2013)

"Lay Me Down" is the debut solo single by English recording artist Sam Smith and the lead single from his debut studio album In the Lonely Hour (2014). The song was released in the United Kingdom on 15 February 2013. It originally peaked at number 46 on the UK Singles Chart and at number 25 on the US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles in 2014. The song was written by Smith, Jimmy Napes and Elviin and produced by Napes and Steve Fitzmaurice.

The song was re-released in February 2015 as the sixth single from the album, this time reaching number 8 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 15 on the UK Singles Chart. A third version featuring John Legend recorded for the British charity telethon Comic Relief reached number one in the UK in March 2015.

Music videoEdit

The original music video showed Smith and his friends at a casino. Following the announcement of the re-release, it was removed from YouTube and Vevo.

Track listingEdit

Digital download[1]
No. Title Length
1. "Lay Me Down"   3:49
2. "Lay Me Down" (acoustic version) 4:01
3. "Lay Me Down" (music video) 4:07


ChartsEdit

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Chart (2014) Peak
position

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format Label
United Kingdom[1] 15 February 2013 Digital download

2015 re-releaseEdit

Lay Me Down
Lay Me Down cover
Studio single by Sam Smith
Released 22 February 2015
Recorded 2014
Genre
Length 3:39
Label
Producer
Sam Smith chronology
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"
(2014)
"Lay Me Down"
(2015)
"Lay Me Down (Red Nose Day 2015)"
(2015)

It was announced on 30 January 2015 that Smith would re-release "Lay Me Down" as the sixth single from his album In the Lonely Hour following commercial success with his previous singles. Smith recorded a new version of the song for its re-release with the track's original producers.[2]

Track listingEdit

Digital download – single
No. Title Length
1. "Lay Me Down"   3:39


Digital download – EP
No. Title Length
1. "Lay Me Down" (Pomo Remix) 3:45
2. "Lay Me Down" (Paul Woolford Remix) 6:45
3. "Lay Me Down" (Maya Jane Coles Remix) 5:18
4. "Lay Me Down" (Todd Edwards Dub) 6:29
5. "Lay Me Down" (Tiësto Remix) 4:18


Music videoEdit

The music video for the re-release, which replaced the original, was recorded in St Margaret's Church, Lee, South East London, with the permission of the Rector the Revd. Dr. Alan Race. It was shot in one sequence. It depicts Smith at a funeral in the church standing in front of the deceased's coffin, then a flashback reveals that Smith actually married the man in question in the same church. The video then returns to the present day, some time after the funeral, with Smith mourning the loss of his husband in the empty church.[3]

ChartsEdit

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Chart (2015) Peak
position
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[4] 80
Mexico Ingles Airplay (Billboard)[5] 23

CertificationsEdit

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Release historyEdit

Region Date Format Label
United States 3 February 2015[6] Mainstream radio
23 February 2015[7] Adult album alternative radio
Australia 20 February 2015[8][9][10] Digital download
Ireland
New Zealand
United Kingdom 22 February 2015[11]

Red Nose Day 2015 releaseEdit

Lay Me Down (Red Nose Day 2015)
Lay Me Down (Red Nose Day 2015) cover
Studio single by Sam Smith featuring John Legend
Released 9 March 2015
Recorded 2015
Genre
Length 3:55
Label Capitol
Producer
  • Steve Fitzmaurice
  • James Napier
Sam Smith singles chronology
"Lay Me Down"
(2015)
"Lay Me Down (Red Nose Day 2015)"
(2015)
"Moments"
(2015)
John Legend singles singles chronology
"Glory"
(2014)
"Lay Me Down (Red Nose Day 2015)"
(2015)
"Like I'm Gonna Lose You"
(2015)

On 9 March 2015, it was announced that Smith and American recording artist John Legend had joined forces for a third version of "Lay Me Down" to be used as the official Red Nose Day charity single. This version was released the same day and all proceeds from the track's sales benefit the charity.[12]

Smith sings the opening verse and first chorus with Legend on the piano, then Legend joins in with the second verse. Some later parts are a duet by the two artists.

Music videoEdit

Smith and Legend also appear in a new video for the charity. It was posted by Smith on his official Vevo account. The music video is also broadcast nationally on BBC One. The video features Smith and Legend recording the song in a recording studio.[13]

Live performancesEdit

On 13 March 2015, Smith and Legend performed "Lay Me Down" together for the first and only time together during Comic Relief - Face the Funny, a major event broadcast live on BBC One from the London Palladium.[14]

ChartsEdit

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Chart (2015) Peak
position
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40 Tipparade)[15] 18

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CertificationsEdit

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Release historyEdit

Region Date Format Label
United Kingdom[16] 9 March 2015 Capitol

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Lay Me Down - Single by Sam Smith. iTunes Store (GB). Archived from the original on 24 February 2015.
  2. Corner, Lewis (30 January 2015). Sam Smith re-records 'Lay Me Down' for single release. Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved on January 30, 2015.
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  4. Sam Smith – Chart Results: Japan Hot 100. Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved on August 11, 2015.
  5. Mexico Ingles Airplay. Billboard. Template:Subscription required
  6. Top 40/M Future Releases - Mainstream Hit Songs Being Released and Their Release Dates .... All Access.
  7. Future Releases on Triple A (AAA) Radio Stations, Independent Artist Song Releases - .... All Access.
  8. Lay Me Down - Zdigital AU. Zdigital Australia. Retrieved on February 27, 2015.
  9. Lay Me Down - 7digital IE. 7digital Ireland. Retrieved on February 27, 2015.
  10. Lay Me Down - 7digital NZ. 7digital New Zealand. Retrieved on February 27, 2015.
  11. Lay Me Down - Single by Sam Smith. iTunes. Retrieved on February 27, 2015.
  12. Copsey, Rob (9 March 2015). Sam Smith, John Legend team up for Official Red Nose Day single. Official Charts Company. Retrieved on March 9, 2015.
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  14. Natalie Corner (13 March 2015). Sam Smith and John Legend sound a bit croaky as they perform new Comic Relief single. mirror.
  15. Top 40 NL: Sam Smith feat. John Legend - Lay Me Down (Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Tipparade. Stichting Nederlandse Top 40 (April 25, 2015). Retrieved on April 25, 2015.
  16. Lay Me Down (feat. John Legend) - Single by Sam Smith. iTunes. Retrieved on March 9, 2015.

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