My Sunday Song – “Lay It Down” by Ratt

For My Sunday Song #254, we are going to explore the song “Lay It Down” by Ratt off the band’s 1985 album ‘Invasion of Your Privacy’. The song broke the Top 40 and landed at #40 on the Hot 100. This helped the album sell over 2,000,000 copies and push the band to super stardom after they massively successful debut album. The song is one of the few that is credited to every member of the band except for Bobby Blotzer. He doesn’t have any writing credits on this album.

The song is not very deep lyrically. It basically sums up to trying to getting some female action. It does talk about how she doesn’t really know him and that she might not even care. They play the game of romance but she won’t get to see the real him until they are in the sheets having some fun and letting themselves go completely. I’m sorry there isn’t much more to it than that, but Ratt never claimed to be Bob Dylan now did they.

Musically though, it is a fantastic song. That opening guitar riff from Warren DeMartini is one of the best they’ve ever done. Bobby Blotzer’s drums are hard and heavy and he lays down a cool groove along with Juan Croucier on bass. The song is typical 80’s rock, but Ratt has a way of putting a blues edge to it with both Robbin Crosby and Warren’s playing. It helped set Ratt apart from some of the other bands. The song is also a little on the sleazy side which fits well with the lyrics. Stephen Pearcy’s gritty vocals bring the sleaze to the forefront, but when he whispers that last verse, he shows a softer, sexier side that helps catapult the song to the next level.

Give the song a listen and let me know what you think. Was it the best song on this album? I hope you like it as much as I do. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful and Happy Sunday!! And wow, this video is so dated in the 80’s…its awesome!!

“Lay It Down”

I know you don’t really know me
I know you don’t really care to see me
I’m into total affection
Not being scared if you never please me

You know you really want to lay it down
Right now
And how
I know you really want to lay it down
Right now

Lay it down
Lay it down
Lay it down
Lay it down

Under the sheets you will find me
I know that nothin’s for free
You take what’s good for your pleasin’
I’ll take what’s good for this crazy evening

You know you really want to lay it down
Right now
And how
I know you really want to lay it down
Right now

Lay it down
Lay it down
Lay it down
Lay it down
Lay it down
Lay it down
Lay it down
Lay it down

“And I know you only want romance.”
“I’ll give you all that I can.”

If you give me just one chance
To prove myself
In love

Lay it down
Lay it down
Lay it down
Lay it down
Lay it down
Lay it down
Lay it down
Yeah yeah yeah

Lay it down
Lay it down
Lay it down
Lay it down
Lay it down
Lay it down
Lay it down
Lay it down

Written by Warren DeMartini, Robbin Crosby, Stephen Pearcy and Juan Croucier

36 thoughts on “My Sunday Song – “Lay It Down” by Ratt

  1. Our stream box picks up MTV Classic and on Friday night they have a 3 hour show of old school metal videos and this one was played…
    Great track and poor Blotz made zip in publishing on this album as you mentioned. lol
    Warren carries the track thats for sure. Too be honest with you I have this album coming up on the Summertime Spin series at some point…insert shameless plug here. lol
    Great pick Sir

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  2. I think this is the best song from IOYP album, followed by “You Should Know By Now”. I also like a lot the video, very good intro!.

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  3. I’m always trying to find Sunday Songs so your series is fantastic as a commendable playlist that I can just whack on and lay back. Would it be possible to get a playlist for your Sunday songs? I’d LOVE THAT

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    1. I’m not sure some are really “Sunday” type songs, but they are good songs to hear. You know, I don’t actually have a Sunday Song playlist. It is just the name of the series that started out when I started the blog and it was mostly Christian songs, but we’ve morphed to mainly rock now.

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