As I Lay Me Down Sophie B. Hawkins



” As I Lay Me Down ” is by Sophie B. Hawkins ( Sophie Ballantine Hawkins ), the American singer, songwriter. The song was written by Sophie B. Hawkins and produced by Organized Noize.
The song was released by Columbia and Sony Records in 1995 and taken from Sophie’s second album, Whaler.
” As I Lay Me Down ” is a ballad where Sophie recalls a loved one as she goes to bed in the hope they’ll meet again. The song has lyrics which caused some confusion, in the song Sophie sings ” ooh la kah koh ” as a backing vocal.
” I like tacos ” is what many people think they can hear. However, Sophie is actually singing ” ooh la kah koh “. The backing vocal is not sampled from another song but actually Sophie singing. When asked what it meant, Sophie replied it was a saying ” wash your feet before you sleep ” from the Ballantine tribe of Africa.
However this is no such tribe in Africa, the reference to the Ballantine tribe is a joke by Sophie ( her middle name is Ballantine ), she later admitted that it was made up and has no meaning whatsoever.
The initial response to the album, Whaler, was lukewarm and commercially disappointing for Sophie. Nearly a year after the release, ” As I Lay Me Down ” started to gather pace.
Sophie insisted that her record label, Columbia, allow her to tour the country only accompanied by an acoustic piano. Soon the song started receiving airplay on adult contemporary stations.
Along with a remixed version of the song which got airplay on other stations, ” As I Lay Me Down ” started gaining interest from record buyers.
In the United States, the song entered the Billboard Hot 100 and reached a peak of number six; it spent a total of forty-four weeks on the chart.
Outside of the United States, Sophie enjoyed more success with the single. In Germany, the song reached number fifty-five on The GfK Entertainment Chart and spent twelve weeks on the chart there.
In Australia, it reached a peak of number seven and spent fifteen weeks on the Australian Recording Industry Association ( ARIA ) Chart.
Sophie enjoyed success in New Zealand, where the song entered the Top Twenty, making number nineteen, it spent twelve weeks on the chart.
In the United Kingdom, ” As I Lay Me Down ” reached a peak of number twenty-four and spent a month in the Top Forty, the song remained on the chart for six weeks.

BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 6

UK Highest Chart Position: 24

Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Germany 55, Australia 7, New Zealand 19

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