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Eric Clapton - Lay Down Sally

"Lay Down Sally" is a song performed by Eric Clapton, and written by Clapton, Marcella Detroit (as Marcy Levy, the diminutive form of her birth name), and George Terry. It appeared on his November 1977 album Slowhand, and reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

"Lay Down Sally" is a country blues song performed in the style of J. J. Cale. Clapton also attributed other members of his band – Carl Radle of Oklahoma, George Terry, Jamie Oldaker and others – as influencing the song. Clapton explained, "It's as close as I can get, being English, but the band being a Tulsa band, they play like that naturally. You couldn't get them to do an English rock sound, no way. Their idea of a driving beat isn't being loud or anything. It's subtle."

Billboard Magazine described Clapton's vocal as "low key but earthy" and also praised Marcy Levy's backing vocals.

The single was a crossover country music hit, reaching No. 26 in April 1978, Clapton's best showing on the Hot Country Songs chart. "Lay Down Sally" was a significant part of the soundtrack of the 2013 film August: Osage County, in which the song was played as the intro music and twice more later on.


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.


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.

[Chorus 2x]


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