"Lay It On The Line" was written by Triumph founder and co-frontman Rik Emmett. It was a modest hit in America following their breakout "Hold On
," but the song was a lot bigger in their native Canada, where they earned their first Juno award nomination (Group of the Year) in 1979, the year it was released.
Triumph hails from Ontario and claims Rush as an influence. They're also part of the harder-edged progressive power-rock movement of the late '70s. In 2012, Rik Emmett
told Songfacts his "bread gets buttered" because of the success of "Lay It On The Line." He elaborated by saying that the whole Just A Game
album was huge for the band.