Song of the Day, January 22: Someone to Lay Down Beside Me by Linda Ronstadt

Linda_Ronstadt-Hasten_Down_The_WindToday’s song is Someone to Lay Down Beside Me by Linda Ronstadt. A magnificent singer and interpreter, Ronstadt has an uncanny knack for finding the perfect songs to record. As her career took off in the mid-70s, she also provided early American radio exposure to a number of songwriters including Elvis Costello and Warren Zevon. The latter provided the title track for her 1976 album Hasten Down the Wind. That album also included three numbers by a fine singer and songwriter, Karla Bonoff.

The finest of that trio is Someone to Lay Down Beside Me, one of Ronstadt’s best performances on disc. An aching song of need, it allows the singer to stretch into a near torch mode, passionately soaring from a whisper to a scream and back. It’s a perfect wrap-up to a strong album, leaving the listener wanting more as the last note fades.

But your love is a common occurrence
Not like love that I feel in my heart
Still you know that may be what I need

Is someone to lay down beside me
And even though it’s not real
Just someone to lay down beside me
You’re the story of my life

Enjoy this powerful song today.

BONUS: A year after Ronstadt recorded it, Bonoff included her own version of the song on her eponymous debut album.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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