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    #1

    Help me make it through the night.

    The following is the very famous song, " Help me make it through the night." written and composed by Kris Kristofferson.
    This song has been sung by a lot of singers.
    Then I think this song has a spelling mistake.
    In my opinion, judging from the context, lay should be changed to lie because 'lay' is intransitive verb.
    Am I wrong? If I am wrong, why? I appreciate your help in advance. ^^
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    Take the ribbon from your hair,
    Shake it loose and let it fall,
    Layin' soft upon my skin.
    Like the shadows on the wall.

    Come and lay down by my side
    Till the early morning light
    All I'm takin' is your time.
    Help me make it through the night.

    I don't care who's right or wrong,
    I don't try to understand.
    Let the devil take tomorrow.
    Lord, tonight I need a friend.
    Yesterday is dead and gone
    And tomorrow's out of sight.
    And it's sad to be alone.
    Help me make it through the night.

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    #2

    Re: Help me make it through the night.

    Yes, it would be 'lie' in good English, but this is a song.

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    #3

    Re: Help me make it through the night.

    Song lyrics don't have to follow the rules of grammar. They just have to sound good, and fit the rhythm and rhyme of the song. There are plenty of songs which include words or phrases which are technically "wrong":

    - I can't get no satisfaction (from the Rolling Stones' "I Can't Get No Satisfaction")
    - It's 2am/3am/4am in the morning (from a Paul Simon song and another I can't quite remember the details of)
    - But that'd change if she ever found out about you and I (from Bryan Adams' "Run To You").

    I could go on. I won't.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    #4

    Re: Help me make it through the night.

    I agree with what Ray and ems said. There is also the point that many native speakers use 'lay' incorrectly.

    Come and lay down by my side? would have been a better title for this thread.

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