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    I'd lay me down to never wake

    Hello all,

    What that means?

    And for your friendly face
    And for just your smiles
    Simply understanding
    What I'm going through right now

    And just before I'd lay me down to never wake
    I look up and I see you
    So with everything I am...

    lie down

    phrasal verb




    1 to put yourself in a position in which your body is flat on the floor or on a bed:
    is correct?

    Taken from http://lyricstranslate.com/en/c%C3%A...#ixzz30vZBkLyC

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    Re: I'd lay me down to never wake

    It means something like and just before I lie down to die, meaning to put yourself in a horizontal position.
    Last edited by Tdol; 06-May-2014 at 12:42. Reason: typo- lie

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    Re: I'd lay me down to never wake

    I am not a teacher.

    There is a problem with this. Which verb is the subject of this thread?

    From the text it is clearly 'to lay (oneself down)' not 'to lie (down)'

    So, it means something like, and just before I lay myself down to die.

    Or, and just before I lie down to die.

    But not, and just before I lay down to die.

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    #4

    Re: I'd lay me down to never wake

    I am so confused with the phrase that both of you used :
    Or, and just before
    But not, and just before
    It means something like and just before
    what that means? :(

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    Re: I'd lay me down to never wake

    I am not a teacher.

    The line you put in bold in post #1 was, "And just before I'd lay me down to never wake".

    The replies are about this line, and they start with the words "and just before..."

    I didn't use inverted commas to set off my suggestions, which is what confused you.

    It should have been,

    Or, "and just before I lie down to die"

    But not, "and just before I lay down to die"

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    Re: I'd lay me down to never wake

    Thanks.
    You mean this sentence 'And just before I'd lay me down to never wake' is incorrect?

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    Re: I'd lay me down to never wake

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    I am not a teacher.


    Or, "and just before I lie down to die"

    But not, "and just before I lay down to die"
    You mean this sentence 'And just before I'd lay me down to never wake' is incorrect?

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    #8

    Re: I'd lay me down to never wake

    I believe that passage in the poem/song is a literary reference to a children's bedtime prayer.

    Now I lay me down to sleep,
    I pray the Lord my soul to keep,
    If I shall die before I wake,
    I pray the Lord my soul to take. Amen.

    The person is thinking about her while he's getting ready to go to sleep. It's a more hopeful poem than it is morbid.

    --lotus


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    #9

    Re: I'd lay me down to never wake

    Quote Originally Posted by nininaz View Post
    You mean this sentence 'And just before I'd lay me down to never wake' is incorrect?
    I am not a teacher.

    No, I'm not saying it's incorrect.

    I'm saying that the verb isn't "to lie down" as you seem to think. It's "to lay (oneself) down".

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    #10

    Re: I'd lay me down to never wake

    Nininaz,

    The issue here is the transitivity of the verbs "lie" and "lay". These verbs confuse many people.

    The verb "to lie" here is intransitive. It does not take a direct object. So we say "I lie down" not "I lie me down".
    The verb "to lay" here is transitive. It takes a direct object, So we say "I lay me down" (me is the direct object) not "I lay down" (for present tense).

    Part of the confusion is that "lay" is also the past tense of "lie". So in the past tense we can say "I lay down".

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