Under the Table and Dreaming, Part VIII: Lover Lay Down

This is one of the few truly slow songs we’ve come across so far from the Dave Matthews Band. Yes, we have “I’ll Back You Up” and “Christmas Song,” but that’s about it. Most of the songs from DMB are fast-paced jam songs. The guys can take it down a notch as well.

A song clearly based around some form of love, the lyrics of “Lover Lay Down” lays down (pun intended… sorry) the story of a man (Dave) waiting for a woman (Julia Grey, ex-girlfriend). Don’t believe me?

Don’t be us too shy

Knowing it’s no big surprise

That I will wait for you

I will wait for no one but you

Told ya so. It’s a rather beautiful song about longing for someone that isn’t there at the moment, and feeling the need to have them there with you. If you always thought the Dave Matthews Band was all jam… guess again. this is a beautiful love song, and I could listen to it over and over again.

In terms of the musical aspects of the song, it’s very well composed (did you expect any different?). A beautiful horn from Roi starts kicks in not too long after a subtle start on the ride cymbal and guitar from Carter and Dave (respectively). It’s a very gentle song, at least until the firs, “Look please, Lover lay down.” Now, the song doesn’t kick into a huge rock-out jam fest like in most other DMB songs. This one keeps it cool, but it picks up the pace a little from a normal lovey-dovey slow song.

The one thing I really like is that the drums never out-perform the horn in this song. In most songs, not just DMB, the drums can overpower almost any other instrument. Most bands do a good job at keeping that in check, especially DMB. Carter Beauford is one of the most talented drummers, let alone musicians, that I have ever heard. He keeps his part just where it needs to be so you can hear the delicate notes coming from LeRoi, not to mention the soft lyrics from Dave.

If you just close your eyes when you listen to this song and follow along with the sax part, you will get lost and forget about wherever you are/whatever you are doing. It’s just so beautiful, you can’t help it. And if you’re the type of person that can’t appreciate beautiful music, especially from a saxaphone, then you don’t belong on this blog reading what I have to say. Good day. I said good day!

Alright, then. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get you a video to watch. Now… remember when I said, “If you just close your eyes when you listen to this song…”? Well, I suggest it for this video. I appreciate what these people do, because they give me videos with the studio versions of these great Dave Matthews Band songs, but it seems like every video I show you has some weird images along with it. Anyway… here is “Lover Lay Down” from Under the Table and Dreaming.

Here’s a great version of “Lover Lay Down” live from 2005. I’m glad there’s a good version pre-2008 (when Roi passed away). Enjoy.

And of course… “Lover Lay Down” performed acousticly by Dave Mattews and Tim Reynolds. Once again, no further introduction needed.

All in all, this is a fantastic song. One point to make about it is that it doesn’t change a whole lot in its live counterpart. That can be viewed as a bad thing to some, but I don’t mind it. It’s such a great song, that having it in the same relative state is a good thing. And if you want a nice song to put on a love mix tape CD, this is a solid selection.

Song Rating: 4/5

Next Song: “Jimi Thing”

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