“Downtown Baby / Lay Down Susie” is a song Aerosmith performed live in at least two known occasion: Frolic, Salisbury Beach MA, August 16, 1973, and University of Maine, Orono ME, September 30th 1973.
This rarity is a blues rocker, and while a good work, it never really fully catches fire, a sing that these types of numbers from the band’s early touring day needed more work. The basic blues-rock tune included improvised vocals, a couple of interesting guitar arrangements and harmonica solos.
While the live performance sounded well rehearsed by the band, Tyler failed to deliver any real finished lyrics. The song “titles” are only fan speculation comming from Tyler’s adlib lyrics from different sections of the song: “Whit’s Tip / Downtown Baby / Lay Down Susie”.
However unfinished, it may very well have been a song the band considered for the first couple of albums, and could have tonally fitted either, but there is virtually no information to confirm or deny this. When band members were approached and asked about it during the late 90’s, they failed to recollect any details about it. If it’s an original Aerosmith song, even the band (understandably) forgot about it. It’s doubtful to be an un-clear unidentified cover. As to this date, this song’s origins remains an unsolved mystery.