Anyone else who gets confused by the three verbs, to lie (rest) to lie (untruth) and to lay (put down) might like to share this little rhyme I thought up to help me decide which to use.
The feller lies on the bed and smiles,
his hot hand he lays on her shoulder.
His demeanour can hardly be bolder
as he lies right to her face.
'I lay on the bed,' he boasted next day,
'my hand I laid on her shoulder.
You should have seen me smoulder,'
he said, 'as I lied right to her face.'
'I was lying on the bed,' he said,
'I was laying my hand on her shoulder.
There was no need even to hold her,'
he laughed, 'I was lying right to her face.'
He had lain there on the bed, as he said,
his hand had been laid on her shoulder.
His selfish heart could not have been colder,
he had lied right to her face.