Grab some tissues and watch “Lay Me Down.”
1. Sam Smith has released the music video for “Lay Me Down,” the latest single from his Grammy-nominated album In the Lonely Hour. In it, he marries another man before a jubilant crowd.
All this occurs in a church, which, in light of Pope Francis’ recent approval of a referendum barring gay marriage in Slovakia, is great visual commentary on the rift between religion and the LGBT community and its possible repair.
2. The music video begins with a decidedly somber tone, belying the event to come.
3. As Smith’s groom comes into view, the congregants celebrate unabashedly.
4. The video was filmed at the parish church of St. Margaret, outside of London. “Obviously gay marriage isn’t legal in churches, and we’re doing a gay marriage today, in the church,” Smith told Rolling Stone.
“We’re the first ever to do it,” Smith said. “It’s obviously not a real marriage, but still.”
“Going to the church today, it’s like, â€˜This is the first time we’ve let people with big noses in.’ That’s the equivalent to me. I’m walking in, I’m going, â€˜Why? Why are a man and a man not allowed to get married in this room?’ Because it’s the most natural thing.”
5. In the Facebook post accompanying his music video, Smith spoke of his hopes for the LGBT community and their treatment in the world:
Dear All, Here is the Link to the LAY ME DOWN music video. This song holds a very dear place in my heart. With this video myself and Ryan Hope the director have decided to make a statement and showcase something we passionately believe in. This video shows my dreams that one day gay men and women and transgendered men and women all over the world, like all our straight families and friends, will be able to get married under any roof, in any city, in any town, in any village, in any country. I hope you enjoy it. I love you all x