This tender ballad was a surprise hit for Hawkins. Her second album, Whaler, was released in October 1994 with the uptempo "Right Beside You
" issued as the first single. It peaked at #56 in the US and the next single, "Don't Don't Tell Me No," didn't chart at all. Released as the third single, "As I Lay Me Down" didn't seem like a hit, but radio stations in the Top 40 and Adult Contemporary formats loved the song because it was such an accessible, non-threatening tune without a trace of grunge or hip-hop. The phones weren't exactly lighting up with requests for the song, but it fit nicely on the playlists. It reached #6 in October 1995, a year after the album was released.