About The Song

Today, we set our sights on a song that perfectly encapsulates Twitty’s appeal: “I’d Love to Lay You Down”. Released in 1980, this wasn’t just another love song from the country crooner. It became a chart-topping sensation, solidifying Twitty’s status as a country music legend.

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But what makes “I’d Love to Lay You Down” so special? Let’s delve a little deeper. Firstly, the song itself is a testament to the enduring power of country music’s storytelling tradition. Unlike some of his more playful hits, “I’d Love to Lay You Down” takes a sincere and intimate approach. The lyrics, penned by songwriter Johnny MacRae, paint a picture of a love that transcends physical beauty and focuses on the emotional connection between two partners.

The song opens with a straightforward declaration: “There’s a lot of ways of saying what I wanna say to you.” This sets the stage for the honesty that unfolds throughout the verses. The narrator forgoes grand gestures and flowery metaphors. Instead, he opts for simple, heartfelt expressions – “I’d love to lay you down and softly whisper pretty love words in your ear.” It’s a line sung with a tenderness that’s impossible to miss, a testament to Twitty’s masterful vocal delivery.

“I’d Love to Lay You Down” also breaks the mold in its portrayal of lasting love. The narrator doesn’t shy away from the passage of time. He acknowledges that “a whole lot of Decembers are showing in your face” and “your auburn hair has faded.” Yet, this doesn’t diminish his affection. In fact, the song emphasizes the enduring quality of love – a love that deepens and strengthens with each passing year.

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This commitment to a love that transcends physical beauty was a refreshing take for country music in 1980. It resonated deeply with listeners, particularly those who identified with the realities of aging and long-term relationships. “I’d Love to Lay You Down” became an anthem for couples who had built a life together, a testament to the power of love that endures despite the inevitable changes that come with time.

The song’s success wasn’t just about the lyrics. Musically, “I’d Love to Lay You Down” is a masterclass in countrypolitan production. The arrangement is lush and sophisticated, featuring layers of smooth instrumentation that perfectly complement Twitty’s vocals. The gentle guitar picking, the subtle piano flourishes, and the tasteful backing vocals all contribute to a soundscape that’s both romantic and elegant.

“I’d Love to Lay You Down” stands as a cornerstone of Conway Twitty’s legacy. It’s a song that showcases his vocal prowess, his ability to connect with listeners on an emotional level, and the enduring appeal of country music’s storytelling tradition. So, sit back, relax, and let yourself be swept away by this timeless classic. You might just find yourself swooning along to Twitty’s declaration of everlasting love.

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Lyrics

“I’d Love To Lay You Down”

There’s a lot of ways of saying
What I want to say to you
There’s songs and poems and promises
And dreams that might come true

But I won’t talk of starry skies
Or moonlight on the ground
I’ll come right out and tell you
I’d just love to lay you down

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Lay you down and softly whisper pretty love words in your ear
Lay you down and tell you all the things a woman loves to hear
I’ll let you know how much it means just having you around
Oh darling how I’d love to lay you down

There’s so many ways your sweet love’s
Made this house into a home
You’ve got a way of doing
Little things that turn me on

Like standing in the kitchen
In your faded cotton gown
With your hair all up in curlers
I still love to lay you down

Lay you down and softly whisper pretty love words in your ear
Lay you down and tell you all the things a woman loves to hear
I’ll let you know how much it means just having you around
Oh darling how I love to lay you down

When a whole lot of Decembers
Are showing in your face
Your auburn hair has faded
And silver takes it’s place

You’ll be just as lovely
And I’ll still be around
And if I can I know that
I’d still love to lay you down

Lay you down and softly whisper pretty love words in your ear
Lay you down and tell you all the things a woman loves to hear
I’ll let you know how much it means just having you around
Oh darling how I love to lay you down

Lay you down and softly whisper pretty love words in your ear
Lay you down and tell you all the things my woman loves to hear
I’ll let you know how much it means just having you around
Oh darling how I love to lay you down

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Lay you down and softly whisper pretty love words in your ear
Lay you down and tell you all the things my woman loves to hear
I’ll let you know how much it means just having you around
Oh darling how I love to lay you down