The 1975’s Matty Healy opens up on a song he wrote about his mother’s post-natal depression

'She Lays Down' was written about Denise Welch's struggles

The 1975 frontman Matty Healy has opened up about the song that means the most to him – revealing that he wrote the track ‘She Lays Down’ about his mother Denise Welch’s battle with post-natal depression. Watch our video interview with Healy above.

Speaking to NME after we named The 1975’s acclaimed second album ‘I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It’ our album of the year, Healy told us about the song from the record that means the most to him.

“‘She Lays Down’ is about my mum,” Healy told NME. “It doesn’t get much more personal than that. I’m sure my mum won’t mind me saying this, but she told me a story when I was about 17, she was so gripped by post-natal depression that she was coming into my room when I was a couple of months old, lying on the floor and actively trying to love me.


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“How fucking brutal is that? That is brutal – especially considering how close me and my mum are. We are like, insanely close. That resonated with me so much, I think that writing music for me is such a catharsis, and such a personal thing, I think that had to come out. ”

Speaking of the rest of the album, Healy said: “There are songs on there about my nana, the whole record is completely personal. That’s the only reason that gives it purpose for me. It doesn’t matter otherwise. I don’t care if I’m not like ‘figuring something out’. There’s no point.”

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