Lay Me Down

Eliza wears a pretty white dress
Sittin' by the window, waitin' on the morning sun
Eliza she's been up all night
Sittin' there wondering how it all came undone

Back when she turned nineteen, end of July
James was twenty-one years, said will you be mine
Come next spring let's say I do
I won't be nothing but good to you

And I'll lay you down
Lay you down
With you to the lord I am bound
When I lay this body down

The winter wore on, cold and steady
With every dollar saved, they bought a little piece of land
And they courted so true and steady
Dreamed away the days talking about all of their plans

And when the wedding day came she walked down the aisle
At the front of the church all he could do was smile
New home, ran upstairs, locked the door
With the love they felt, no less, no more

She said lay me down
Lay me down
With you to the lord I am bound
When I lay this body down

But in the fall of 1825
Fever spread like wildfire
Took James from his true love
And on the edge of their land, alone in the dark
Eliza cried with a tear in her heart
Deep as the hole she dug

And she laid him down
Laid her love in the ground
She laid his body down
For he is heavenly bound
With you to the lord I am bound
When I lay this body down

 

© Ellie Buckland BMI