Lay Down Sally

Album: Slowhand (1977)
Charted: 39 3
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  • There is nothing that is wrong
    In wanting you to stay here with me
    I know you've got somewhere to go
    But won't you make yourself at home and stay with me?
    And don't you ever leave

    Lay down, Sally, and rest you in my arms
    Don't you think you want someone to talk to?
    Lay down, Sally, no need to leave so soon
    I've been trying all night long just to talk to you

    The sun ain't nearly on the rise
    And we still got the moon and stars above
    Underneath the velvet skies
    Love is all that matters
    Won't you stay with me?
    And don't you ever leave

    Lay down, Sally, and rest you in my arms
    Don't you think you want someone to talk to?
    Lay down, Sally, no need to leave so soon
    I've been trying all night long just to talk to you

    I long to see the morning light
    Coloring your face so dreamily
    So don't you go and say goodbye
    You can lay your worries down and stay with me
    And don't you ever leave

    Lay down, Sally, and rest you in my arms
    Don't you think you want someone to talk to?
    Lay down, Sally, no need to leave so soon
    I've been trying all night long just to talk to you

    Lay down, Sally, and rest you in my arms
    Don't you think you want someone to talk to?
    Lay down, Sally, no need to leave so soon
    I've been trying all night long just to talk to you Writer/s: ERIC PATRICK CLAPTON, GEORGE E. TERRY, MARCY LEVY
    Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
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Comments: 24

  • Ward from Blacklick OhioBoo, I don’t think it’s a modulation. The G natural in the melody is plays off the A7 chord, but I feel like the whole tune is in A.
  • Boo from Lancashire, England.An interesting bit of writing. Verse is based on chords A & D in the key of D, and chorus is the same two chords but in the key of A. A subtle modulation!
  • Mark from Los Angeles, CaAgreed one of his best songs, but grammatically incorrect. It's lie down Sally.
  • Randy from Battle Creek, MiClapton is a global nightmare.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 1st 1978, "Lay Down Sally" by Eric Clapton entered the Hot Top 100 chart; and on March 26th it peaked at #3 (for 3 weeks) and spent almost a half-year on the Top 100 (23 weeks)...
    And it was the Bee Gee brothers who kept Eric out of the #1 spot, their "Night Fever" was at #1 and "Stayin' Alive" was at #2 all three weeks "Lay Down Sally" was at #3...
    It track three on side one of his 1977 album, 'Slowhand', the album peaked at #2 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart...
    Two other tracks from the album also made the Top 100; "Wonderful Tonight" (at #16) and "Cocaine" (at #30, though it wasn't the album track but a recorded 'live' version that charted)...
    Mr. Clapton will celebrate his 69th birthday this coming March 30th.
  • Manoj from Kharagpur, IndiaOne of Clapton's master pieces !!! Reduces tension and gives peace to your mind!! Clapton's a god!
  • Samuel from Peoria, Belgiumgreat song
  • Christopher from Winston-salem, NcThis number shows the "laid back" influence and approach inspired by Okies J.J. Cale and Don Williams. These influences can be heard in other numbers such as "Promises." The Cale connection goes back to "After Midnight" from Clapton's first solo record.
  • Maxwell from Oak Lawn, IlThey definitely mention clapping, Scott. Read throgh the part a bit more carefully, next time.
  • Vincent Ferraro from Hesperia, CaThe way happywookie tells it is right. Clapton said it himself.
  • Alex from Melbourne, Flactually happywookie is right.
  • Alex from Melbourne, FlFrank from Canada is right. He was given the name "Slowhand" because audiences at Yardbird's shows would start a slow clap while he changed strings.
  • Fran from Woolwich, NjI heard this song was written about a women named Sally Dietz that Eric met through a friend and sat up all night talking to her. Is this true?
  • Scott from Boston, MaIn his autobiography, Clapton says he got the nickname because when he first started playing, he couldn't afford backup guitars, so when he broke a string during a show he'd have to change it on stage and he was slower than most people at doing this. Didn't say anything about the way the audience the clapped or the way he played.
  • Mike from Hueytown , AlIve heard country stations play this before
  • Mike from Hueytown , Al"Ive been trying all night long just to talk to you"
  • Mike from Hueytown , AlCool song..great lyrics
  • Nathan from Defiance, OhHis style is opposite of Jimi Hendrix. Clapton would never play a wrong note, Jimi played wrong notes but twisted them until they sounded just
    right.
  • Bill from Southeastern Part Of, FlMy cousin had a dog named Sally. Needless to say, he has uttered the title of this song many times. Rest in peace, Sally.
  • Steve from New York City, Nythis isn't the first song on the album slowhand. cocaine is, then wonderful tonight, then finally lay down sally.
  • Laura from New York, NyWell, wherever the nickname comes from, I love how laid-back he is. These amazing sounds are coming out of his guitar, and he's just kinda like ". . . yeah. . ." So awesome.
  • Happywookie from Toronto, CanadaJust heard on the radio another story. When Clapton broke a string on-stage he insisted on replacing it right there instead of grabbing another guitar. The audience would clap the "slowhand clap" together while waiting patiently.
  • Raj from Fayetteville, ArThere is another version about the origin of "Slowhand". It says the name is an ironic reference to the velocity at which his lead breaks.
  • Frank from Brandon, CanadaActually, Clapton received the nick name "Slowhand" because when he changed his guitar strings it took him longer than what is normal.
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