Lay Me Down (The Dirty Heads song)

"Lay Me Down"
The Dirty Heads - Lay Me Down.jpg
Promotional CD cover.
Single by Dirty Heads featuring Rome Ramirez
from the album Any Port in a Storm
ReleasedMarch 23, 2010
StudioHurley Studios
GenreReggae rock[1]
The Dirty Heads singles chronology
"Stand Tall"
"Lay Me Down"
"Check the Level"

"Lay Me Down" is a 2010 single by reggae rock band Dirty Heads featuring Rome Ramirez of Sublime with Rome. The song appears as a bonus track on the band's album Any Port in a Storm, and has peaked at number one on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart.

Critical reception

Billboard's Connor McKnight wrote in April 2010 that the song is a "solid contender" for song of the summer.[2] McKnight compared the song's opening to that of "Hope" by Jack Johnson, and said the song "lifts the energy with chugging guitar riffs, a freewheeling chorus and feel-good lyrics delivered with rhythmic punch".[2] David Hall of the Orange County Register listed it among the band's "positively charged, island-influenced tunes ... which ride on the coattails of similar acts like 311 and Slightly Stoopid".[3] The song was included on Rolling Stone's "Hot List" in early 2010.[4]

Chart performance

In March, the single entered the Billboard Alternative Songs chart at number 24.[5] It reached number one in May,[5] and nine weeks later it established a record as the song with the longest stint atop the chart for an independently released title, surpassing the previous mark set in 1999 by Everlast's "What It's Like".[6] "Lay Me Down" peaked at number 93 on the U.S. Hot 100 and number 76 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart.[5] The Dirty Heads performed the song on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on May 13.[7]

Music video

The music video was directed by Thomas Mignone and filmed in various playa and mercado locations throughout Mexico. Filming was interrupted by border patrol agents objecting to the actors' portrayal of escaping across the United States and Mexico border. Bandmembers Dustin Bushnell and Jared Watson taught local mariachis the song and were filmed live for several of the scenes.


See also


  1. ^ Giantino, Linda (July 29, 2021). "The 10 Best Reggae Rock Songs of All-Time".
  2. ^ a b McKnight, Connor (2010-04-23). "The Dirty Heads featuring Rome, "Lay Me Down"". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.). Retrieved 2010-05-01.
  3. ^ Hall, David (2010-04-21). "Sublime with Rome's 4/20 Hollywood Bash Ends with Scuffles, Projectiles and Rounds of Boos". Orange County Register. Retrieved 2010-05-01.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Dirty Heads – 'I Got No Time'". CWG Magazine. 2010-03-26. Retrieved 2010-05-01.
  5. ^ a b c "'Lay Me Down' - Dirty Heads". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.). Retrieved 2010-05-01.
  6. ^ Trust, Gary (2010-07-08). "Chart Beat Thursday: Katy Perry, Lee Brice, Judy Collins". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.). Retrieved 2010-07-13.
  7. ^ Hill, Victoria (2010-04-16). "The Dirty Heads Set To Play Jimmy Kimmel Live". CWG Magazine. Retrieved 2010-05-01.
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  12. ^ "Rock Songs – Year-End 2010". Billboard. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  13. ^ "Decade-End Charts: Hot Rock Songs". Billboard. Archived from the original on December 16, 2019. Retrieved December 18, 2019.

External links

  • "Lay Me Down" Official music video on YouTube
  • "Lay Me Down" on The Dirty Heads' YouTube channel