Lay Your Love On Me

Album: Permanent Shade Of Blue (1994)
Charted: 36
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • According to Andrew Roachford, this song from 1994's Permanent Shade of Blue was inspired by both Prince and John Lennon. In a Songfacts interview, he explained: "'Lay Your Love on Me' was a song that was written quite quickly. I was writing another song called 'This Generation' and then overnight I got this idea for a very simple tune but it just seemed to work so well. I think the Prince influence was partly because both Prince and I were both John Lennon fans and the actual sound of that echo on the voice I heard first from John Lennon. So I think that was part of the whole thing, but again it's one of my favorites to play live."
  • "Lay Your Love On Me" was a notable hit in New Zealand, where it remained at #7 on the singles charts for three weeks.
  • Roachford counted Chaka Khan and Michael Jackson among their fans, and Michael even attempted to sign the British band to a publishing deal. Andrew Roachford told Songfacts: "I never got to meet him, and it's weird because I've met the rest of the family in America and around Europe, but never met Michael. I just heard from his agent and his manager that he loved what I did and that some of my music reminded him of Sly & the Family Stone. He was a fan, which was another surreal moment, especially when I was in my 20s when I heard that. It was mind blowing."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

In The Cards

In The CardsSong Writing

Songwriters have used cards and card games to make sense of heartache, togetherness, and even Gonorrhea.

The Fratellis

The FratellisSongwriter Interviews

Jon Fratelli talks about the band's third album, and the five-year break leading up to it.

Mike Rutherford (Genesis, Mike + The Mechanics)

Mike Rutherford (Genesis, Mike + The Mechanics)Songwriter Interviews

Mike Rutherford talks about the "Silent Running" storyline and "Land Of Confusion" in the age of Trump.

Dar Williams

Dar WilliamsSongwriter Interviews

A popular contemporary folk singer, Williams still remembers the sticky note that changed her life in college.

Arrested For Your Art - The Story Of 2 Live Crew's "Obscene" Album

Arrested For Your Art - The Story Of 2 Live Crew's "Obscene" AlbumSong Writing

In the summer of 1990, you could get arrested for selling a 2 Live Crew album or performing their songs in Southern Florida. And that's exactly what happened.

Robert DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots

Robert DeLeo of Stone Temple PilotsSongwriter Interviews

Stone Temple Pilots bass player Robert DeLeo names the songs that have most connected with fans and tells the stories behind tracks from their Tiny Music album.