When it comes to this new song from Tony-winning creator of the Broadway rock musical Spring Awakening (and the mid-'90s hit "Barely Breathing"), we just need to let Duncan Sheik speak for himself: "I wrote 'Lay Down Your Weapons' in 2011 while on tour in Indonesia. I have been playing it live during the past couple of tours and there have been many requests that I release some version of it. Because of the senseless, ongoing gun violence that is plaguing America I felt even more acutely that I wanted this song to be available to anyone who wanted to hear it. The lyric was not written as a political statement and is obviously a metaphor about fraught human relationships but I do feel personally there are many types of weapons out there that need to be 'laid down' for good and forever. Thank you for listening."