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Eric Clapton - Layla - Live Aid 1985




Eric Clapton performing with Phil Collins at Live Aid in front of 100,000 people in the John F. Kennedy Stadium, Philadelphia USA on the 13th July, 1985. The event was organised by Sir Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds for the Ethiopian famine disaster. Broadcast across the world via one of the largest satellite link-ups of all time, the concerts were seen by around 40% of the global population.


"Layla" is a song written by Eric Clapton and Jim Gordon, originally released by their blues rock band Derek and the Dominos, as the thirteenth track from their only studio album, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. Its contrasting movements were reportedly composed separately by Clapton and Gordon.





The song was inspired by a love story that originated in 7th-century Arabia and later formed the basis of The Story of Layla and Majnun by the 12th-century Persian poet Nizami Ganjavi, a copy of which Ian Dallas had given to Clapton.


The book moved Clapton profoundly, because it was the tale of a young man who fell hopelessly in love with a beautiful young girl, went crazy and so could not marry her. The song was further inspired by Clapton's then-unrequited love for Pattie Boyd, the wife of his friend and fellow musician George Harrison of the Beatles. Clapton and Boyd would eventually marry.







Lyrics



What'll you do when you get lonely

And nobody's waiting by your side?

You've been running and hiding much too long

You know it's just your foolish pride


Layla, you've got me on my knees

Layla, I'm begging, darling please

Layla, darling won't you ease my worried mind


I tried to give you consolation

When your old man had let you down

Like a fool, I fell in love with you

You turned my whole world upside down


Layla, you've got me on my knees

Layla, I'm begging, darling please

Layla, darling won't you ease my worried mind


Make the best of the situation

Before I finally go insane

Please don't say we'll never find a way

And tell me all my love's in vain


Layla, you've got me on my knees

Layla, I'm begging, darling please

Layla, darling won't you ease my worried mind


Layla, you've got me on my knees

Layla, I'm begging, darling please

Layla, darling won't you ease my worried mind



Songwriters: Eric Patrick Clapton / Jim Gordon

Layla (Acoustic) [Live at MTV Unplugged, Bray Film Studios, Windsor, England, UK, 1/16/1992] [2013 Remaster] lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc