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Thread #53794 Message #1640370
Posted By: CapriUni
03-Jan-06 - 11:11 AM
Thread Name: Origins: The One Horse Open Sleigh / Jingle Bells
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: THE ONE HORSE OPEN SLEIGH (Jingle Bells)
But "lie" does not not fit the rhyme scheme. Overall, scheme of the song is: A/B/A/B-C/D/C/D. "Lie" would make it A/B/A/B-C/D/D/D.
But yeah grammatically, "lay" is correct. It would be a bit wierd, but you could fix the grammar by switching the second half of that verse to the present tense:
"A gent comes riding by,
in a one-horse open sleigh.
He laughs as there I, sprawling, lie,
and quickly drives away!"
(finally, truth in advertising about all this "winter wonderland" stuff!)