"Lay Me Back Down" is the first track on Portugal. The Man's third album, Censored Colors
. It came at a time when they were bonkers busy and feeling a bit nostalgic for their native Alaska.
"Those sessions were ridiculous," lead singer John Gourley, who wrote the song, said in a Songfacts interview
. "We were running a hundred miles per hour that whole time. We recorded that whole album in two weeks, so everything was just these pieces."
Lyrically, he said the album is "about family, and about Alaska," adding, "It's more about the references within the music and this desire to be back home with family. Like, that homesick, 'I just want to drive around and listen to music.' That's the content of Censored Colors
as a whole, and 'Lay Me Back Down' is just another piece of that."