- For other uses, including other same-titled songs, see Lay Down Your Arms
"Lay Down Your Arms" is a 1956 popular song with music by Åke Gerhard and Leon Landgren and lyrics by Gerhard (original "Anne-Caroline" Swedish) and Paddy Roberts (English). In the United States, the biggest hit version was recorded by The Chordettes, reaching #16 on the Billboard magazine charts. In the United Kingdom, Forces sweetheart Anne Shelton had the major hit, reaching #1 on the UK Singles Chart, and stayed in the Top Twenty for 14 weeks. Initially the BBC took a dim view of the song as it might have encouraged British Troops to 'lay down their guns', at a difficult time of post-Suez crisis and conflict in Cyprus with EOKA. The ban was soon lifted as so many requested it on "Two-Way Family Favourites, a popular Sunday lunchtime radio show. Another UK version was recorded by Billie Anthony.
The song was also used in a British television play written by Dennis Potter called Lay Down Your Arms, which was screened on 23 May 1970. The play is set during the Suez crisis of 1956.