Softly Whisper Pretty Love Words

The Conway Twitty song ‘I’d Love To Lay You Down’ was penned by Johnny MacRae.  The song was released in 1980 as a single from the Heart & Soul album, and it reached number one, giving Twitty his twenty-fourth single on top of the chart.  The lyrics in this song were deemed to be sensitive and many radio stations refused to play it.  Twitty defended the song by saying that it’s a love song about a longtime married couple where the man is still in love with his wife and still enjoys making sweet love to her in their house.  His wife may not look as good as she once did, “standing in the kitchen in her faded cotton gown with her hair in curlers”, but he’s still attracted to her.  This song is the essence of love, as no matter how long they have been together, this couple is still in love with each other.  Conway was given the song after Johnny Duncan refused to record it.

Johnny MacRae was an American country music composer credited with 235 songs released by recording artists including Ray Charles, George Jones, and Reba McEntire.  MacRae participated on Bobby “Boris” Pickett’s novelty pop hit ‘Monster Mash’.  He was part of the Crypt-Kickers band on the record, along with Gary S. Paxton, pianist Leon Russell, Rickie Page, and Terry Berg, who created strange sound effects with electric razors, ratchet wrenches and chains.  A goofy song, but ‘Monster Mash’ climbed to the #1 position and held it for two weeks in 1962.  In 1973, Bob Morrison signed with Combine Music as a songwriter and publisher Bob Beckham teamed him with Johnny MacRae, whom Morrison credited as a major mentor.  MacRae was driving home one evening, when he started writing the first verse and chorus of this song.  He finished composing the remainder of the track while he was jogging the following morning.  He suggested that his frequent collaborator Bob Morrison should add a new melody, but Bob told him to stay with what he had.  Johnny MacRae also wrote Reba McEntire’s ‘(You Lift Me) Up to Heaven’, as well as Doug Stone’s ‘I’d Be Better Off (In a Pine Box)’.  He died in 2013 at the age of 84 passing away after a battle with heart disease.

Harold Lloyd Jenkins, better known by his stage name Conway Twitty, was an American country music singer.  He also had success in the rock and roll, R&B, and pop genres.  From 1971 to 1976, Twitty received a string of Country Music Association awards for duets with Loretta Lynn.  During his lifetime, Conway Twitty had more #1 records than any country artist had then achieved, his stardom having endured through five decades of changing musical fashions.  He was one of country music’s most diverse stylists and a major songwriting talent, with eleven of his #1 hits being self-penned.  Twitty was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999 after he died at the age of 59 in 1993, from abdominal aortic aneurysm.

There’s a lot of ways of saying what I want to say to you
There’s songs and poems and promises and dreams that might come true
But I won’t talk of starry skies or moonlight on the ground
I’ll come right out and tell you I’d just love to lay you down
Lay you down and softly whisper pretty love words in your ear
Lay you down and tell you all the things a woman loves to hear
I’ll let you know how much it means just having you around
Oh darlin’ how I’d love to lay you down
There’s so many ways your sweet love made this house into a home
You’ve got a way of doing little things that turn me on
Like standing in the kitchen in your faded cotton gown
With your hair still up in curlers I still love to lay you down
Lay you down and softly whisper pretty love words in your ear
Lay you down and tell you all the things a woman loves to hear
I’ll let you know how much it means just having you around
Oh darlin’ how I’d love to lay you down
When a whole lot of Decembers are showin’ in your face
Your auburn hair has faded and silver takes it’s place
You’ll be just as lovely and I’ll still be around
And if I can I know that I’d still love to lay you down
Lay you down and softly whisper pretty love words in your ear
Lay you down and tell you all the things a woman loves to hear
I’ll let you know how much it means just having you around
Oh darlin’ how I’d love to lay you down
Lay you down and softly whisper pretty love words in your ear
Lay you down and tell you all the things a woman loves to hear
I’ll let you know how much it means just having you around
Oh darlin’ how I’d love to lay you down
Lay you down and softly whisper pretty love words in your ear
Lay you down and tell you all the things a woman loves to hear
I’ll let you know how much it means just having you around
Oh darlin’ how I’d love to lay you down

Written for Love Is In Da Blog where Bee asks us to find country songs about love and the prompt is thanks to Barbara.

16 thoughts on “Softly Whisper Pretty Love Words

  1. Did you know that Harold Jenkins picked his name Conway Twitty from a map? From cities called Conway Arkansas and Twitty Texas. He’s always been a favorite of mine. I’ve seen him live 4 times. He’s the only artist I’ve seen live that when he’d rumble that incredible voice of his on stage, it would actually resonate in your body while sitting in the crowd. This drove the woman wild as you can imagine. Screams and gasps were common at his concerts.

    His rendition of Why Me Lord was breath-taking. Smoky-color spotlights, and synchronized stop and go echoing harmonies. One of the few who I think sounded even better on stage live. Gone too young now, I believe he had many more #1 hits in him. Whether alone with his band or in duet with Loretta Lynn his voice was strong, unique and resonating. One of the best vocalists of his time.

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