She Lays Down, performed by frontman of The 1975, Matty Healy, is the last track on their newest album ‘I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It.’ The song is centred around his mother, Denise Welch, struggle with post-natal depression after his birth.
“And she lays down on her bedroom floor/ The chemicals that make her love/ Don’t seem to be working anymore”.
In a interview where Matty Healy talked about what song was his most personal, being this track, he spoke about his mum telling him when he was younger she would come into his room whilst he was sleeping and literally lie on the floor next to him, trying to find it in herself to love him. The lyrics that Matty Healy has used constructs both the emotions of himself and his mum at this difficult time in her life. She desperately wants to feel love for her child, because that’s what a mother is ‘suppose’ to do but at the same time she cannot.
In a track by track review by NME, ‘She Lays Down‘ is describes as:
“A totally acoustic song, and the mood stays just as low as before. Over fingerpicked arpeggios, the frontman sings about his mother’s postnatal depression […]. It’s a subdued end to a hugely ambitious, often surreal record, but it’s also a fitting conclusion. It reinforces that notion of The 1975’s unpredictability, veering far and away from ‘80s pop and funk influences, and into something so simple, but just as effective.”
The emotion that is poured into the song, especially so when listening/watching it being played live, breaks my heart. You can see how personal this track is to frontman Matty Healy, and without fail it gives me goosebumps every time I listen to it. Being able to take those emotions and pour them into a beautiful, stripped down track, is something we can all connect with. This song isn’t just a track, it’s a piece of art. Everyone looks for different things in music, but I feel that nowadays the music industry has become a focus on fame and fortune rather than connecting with an audience and creating art.
Again and again I say and I will always hold to this, that The 1975 are one of my favourite bands because of the way they connect with the audience and they make music that has meaning, rather than just a track to impress critics and get killed on the radio’s top 40.