Layin' Down My Love 4 U

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Introduction by Jimmy Flemion


The Third track on The Frogs first LP is the song "Layin' Down My Love 4 U". The shortened spelling of the words "For and You" was not in fact influenced by Prince Rogers Nelson from his 1984 track "I Would Die 4 U" from the LP "Purple Rain" but was thought by Dennis to be spelled that way in keeping with a spelling scheme Dennis had used in 1976 in a song he wrote entitled "(Do You Not) Care 4 Me 2 More".

Lyrics


layin' down my love 4 u<br&> it's all i've got to do<br&> layin' down<br&> layin' down my love 4 u<br&>

in the park we danced all night<br&> in the park, time was right<br&> layin' down<br&> layin' down my love 4 u<br&>

layin' down my love 4 u<br&> it's all i've got to do<br&> layin' down<br&> layin' down my love 4 u<br&>

we stood there naked in the grass<br&> you had a fine a...<br&> we wanted the night to last<br&> because you put the moon to shame<br&>

layin' down my love 4 u<br&> it's all i've got to do<br&> layin' down<br&> layin' down my love 4 u<br&>

layin' down...<br&> it's all i've...<br&> layin' down<br&> layin' down my love 4 u<br&>

Notes


The song itself "Layin' Down' My Love 4 U" was improvised by myself during a band practice session in 1983. The lyric itself did not have anyone in particular in mind and was a fantasy. The chord sequence of the song is A Major / F minor / F Major / E Major and modulates or transposes in the second verse to the key of B Major. There in B Major the same chord progression follows B Major / G minor / G Major / F Major and then again returns to the A Major chord progression. The "Layin' Down My Love 4 U" lyrics over the verses ( acting as a chorus and verse at the same time ) is a technique used for example in the compositions "Hey Jude" and "Yesterday" by James Paul McCartney from a band called The Beatles. The bridge section of "Layin' Down My Love 4 U" goes fron D Major to F Major and back to A Major. The "You Had A Fine Ass" section goes from F minor to B Major to E Major. The song then returns to the beginning chord progression. The "You Had A Fine Ass" lyrics were improvised by Dennis (Flemion).<br&>

When the song was performed live on electric guitar ( it was improvised on a red Washburn Studio cutaway guitar) it included a guitar solo at the beginning of the song with snippets of riffs from various songs. Among these songs were "Mary Had A Little Lamb", "Roll Over Beetoven", "Rock Lobster", "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction", "The Spiderman Theme", The Theme From "The Godfather", and the title track from the motion picture "2001: A Space Odyssey" ("Also Sprach Zarathustra").<br&>

The track "Layin' Down My Love 4 U" contains keyboards written and played by Dennis, bass lines played by myself and written by Dennis, drums written by Dennis and played by the drum machine, electric guitars played by myself, double tracked vocals by myself, backing vocals by Dennis and birds recorded by Dennis.<br&>

The song being a made-up song with its key change from A Major to B Major is the only song of mine written or made-up with a transposition or modulation. The Beatles thought that key transposition was a cheap move by songwriters and purposely strayed from it and never used it in their work. An example of key transposition can be heard in Brian Wilson's song "Don't Worry Baby" (Keith Moon's favorite song) which would also serve as the song Bruce Springsteen nicked ( an English term meaning stole Adam Ant (Stuart Goddard) taught me ) for his title track classic "Born To Run".<br&>