Watch The Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir Perform ‘Lay My Lily Down’ on Stephen Colbert — Sad, Sweet and Powerful (Video)
The Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night where he performed ‘Lay My Lily Down‘.
The track is from Weir’s new solo album Blue Mountain. An album that was recorded with the guitarist only using an acoustic Martin guitar during its recording.
As for ‘Lay My Lily Down’, it’s a poetic, sweet, sad song, like many of the songs on his new album. But this one has a much sadder taste to it than most.
That is because ‘Lay My Lily Down‘ is written from the perspective of a father who is burying his daughter. And it’s a piece of work that really shows off how mature and solid Bob Weir’s songwriting skills now are.
‘Lay My Lily Down‘ was co-written by Weir, lyricist Josh Ritter and songwriter Josh Kaufman.
You can pick up Bob Weir’s Blue Mountain on all major digital music platforms. Now watch the man himself singing the song on Stephen Colbert below. Lovely.
Edited: Sadly, as always, Colbert has deleted the video from his channel (which is why we no longer showcase performances from the show here on Leo Sigh). I’ve substituted an equally beautiful performance of the song at Sweetwater Music Hall instead. Enjoy!