Lay, lady, lay, lay across my big brass bed
Lay, lady, lay, lay across my big brass bed
Whatever colors you have in your mind
I'll show them to you and you'll see them shine

Lay, lady, lay, lay across my big brass bed
Stay, lady, stay, stay with your man awhile
Until the break of day, let me see you make him smile
His clothes are dirty but his hands are clean
And you're the best thing that he's ever seen

Stay, lady, stay, stay with your man awhile
Why wait any longer for the world to begin
You can have your cake and eat it too
Why wait any longer for the one you love
When he's standing in front of you

Lay, lady, lay, lay across my big brass bed
Stay, lady, stay, stay while the night is still ahead
I long to see you in the morning light
I long to reach for you in the night
Stay, lady, stay, stay while the night is still ahead



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    General Comment:Come on! That's his country phase, he's a working man now. In love with his wife and children. And he comes home to her and seduces her tenderly. That's why he uses the third person, because it's sweet-talk.
    cavernon February 03, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:Cavern is right and it part of it is written in 3rd person for politeness. As for the whole clothes dirty hands clean thing, that means that he works hard (thats why his clothes are dirty) but is honarable and does honest good work and would never sheat on her (thus the clean hands are symbolic)
    farrellon August 16, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:Ha. This was my wedding song.
    streetgangon August 15, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:Did anyone ever notice who when he sayd 'you can have your cake and eat it too.' it sounds like he's saying 'you can't have your cake and Edie too." which is a quote from the film Factory Girl in which Hayden Christensen and Sienna Miller portray Bob Dylan and Edie Sedgwick and their quick but passionate romance?
    galantlyon August 24, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:there are two things i love most about this song (besides how soft and smoothing it is). his use of alliteration (lay lady lay, big brass bed) and rhetoric. how inspiring is it when he says 'why wait any longer for the one you love, when he's standing in front of you'
    dylankidon July 21, 2011   Link
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    General Comment:This is one of the best songs i've ever heard and Dylan sounds good on it.
    seraphimcomplexon August 27, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:i agree, this is one of the best songs that ive ever heard
    correnteon June 11, 2003   Link
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    General Comment:Such a deep, whiskey-soaked voice he has on this sweet track.
    moe2000on May 21, 2004   Link
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    General Comment:this song made me love bob dylan its so beautiful, its lovely
    Niamon June 26, 2004   Link
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    General Comment:id love to be the lady he wrote it about
    Niamon June 26, 2004   Link

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