Not all songs came out of cherries on the top process. Some underwent sad stories. Such as Garth Brooks’ 2016 single “Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance”. It is an upbeat country-rocker, but the joy is a little sentimental for Garth Brooks. Garth shares that the death of one of the song’s writers affected him.
“Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance” is a song was released as the first single off Brooks’ 2016 album, Gunslinger. Gunslinger is his tenth studio album released on November 25, 2016, by Pearl Records. The single, however, was distributed exclusively via Brooks’ online music store, GhostTunes. Users who enter a code from a specially marked bag of Fritos can avail this. Until then, it was released to radio and GhostTunes’ conventional site. The song is both funky and expressive. On the surface, it leaves you smiling, but the Garth says events around the writing of the song are bittersweet.
“Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance”, Bittersweet Event
Garth Brooks penned the song together with Kent Blazy, Steve Doff, Victoria Shaw, and Kim Williams. Kim Williams was a man who has written several of Brooks’ biggest hits. Moreover, he wrote “Ain’t Goin’ Down (‘Til the Sun Comes Up)” and “Papa Loved Mama.” Williams’ story is one of the most motivating stories you will hear. He was in his 40s when he started his songwriting career. A work-related fire in 1974 left him harshly burned. He also underwent hundreds of surgeries to recuperate. In 1989, right around the time when Brooks was beginning to become “Garth Brooks”, he signed a publishing deal.
Sadly, he died before the song was finished. Williams was on break when he died, and Brooks recalls taking the call from his daughter. He thought someone was pranking him and that he did not expect it. Emotionally, Brooks said of Williams,
“I love seeing his names on songs, such a sweet, sweet man. Miss him dearly, but hopefully through music he’ll live.”
As Williams was a longtime collaborator with Brooks, it was important to him to release this song as his album’s first single. It must have been hard for Brooks to share these intricate details. But, here is a lively Garth Brooks performing “Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance” at Jimmy Kimmel Live.
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