Sam Smith has finally given us a music video for "Lay Me Down," one of the first songs Americans heard from the British crooner when he was a virtual unknown about a year ago.
The soulful vocals exhibited by Smith in "Lay Me Down" garnered him quite a bit of attention and contributed to overnight fame following an appearance on Saturday Night Live.
Nearly a year later, the music video for "Lay Me Down" arrives with a strong political statement about same sex marriage rights. In the new video, Sam Smith marries another man in the Church of England.
The video opens with Sam Smith standing before a priest and surrounded by candles. Suddenly, the "Yes, I do" which opens the R&B song takes on a whole meaning.
The video then pans to the attendants who are all wearing black. It seems that they are attending a funeral rather than a wedding, as the solemn faces behind him are clearly in mourning.
But Sam Smith and his new husband seem to be quite happy when the camera finds them. Smith is happily serenading his loved one (with backing vocals apparently provided by the church choir, although they aren't audible in the video).
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They are joined by well-wishers all wearing white, persons who are happily celebrating the union.
The video ends with Sam Smith alone in a church filled with empty pews, suggesting that there was never a wedding at all. Instead, we're left with the impression of Smith dreaming of the day that he can marry his loved one with the full love and support of family, with the union unanimously recognized in the eyes of the Church.
The touching video was accompanied by a message from Sam Smith.
"Dear all, The Lay Me Down music video 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."
The "Lay Me Down" video is a noted departure for Sam, whose previous videos either focused on heterosexual individuals or were ambiguous enough to apply to anyone — regardless of their sexual orientation.
During an interview with the Fader, Smith admitted that he does this on purpose.
"I'm not in this industry to talk about my personal life unless it's in a musical form."
Did you see the "Lay Me Down" video by Sam Smith? If so, what did you think?
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