While listening to "Furious" by Jade Bird, I found a line I don't fully understand.

The lyrics:

When did you make up your mind?
When did you decide to let me down?
When was the turning point?
When you put out your joint and you laid her down

What does the part "put out your joint" mean?

The second piece "laid her down" is ambiguous to me as well.
It can be either "he killed her" or "he satisfied her sexually".
It is likely the latter, though.

Any help would be welcomed. Thank you in advance.

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's lyrics interpretation / Lit Crit – FumbleFingers Jun 28 '18 at 12:33
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    @FumbleFingers why are questions with lyrics deemed to be off-topic? – Andrew Tobilko Jun 28 '18 at 12:40
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    Because the meaning of lyrics / poetry / etc. is often vague / ambiguous, and the constructions themselves often involve creative one-off usages. It seems likely to me the "joint" in question is a marijuana cigarette (singer's unfaithful boyfriend got stoned and gave in to the temptation of sex with another girl), but anything I might say about that is just my opinion. In other contexts, to put out one's joint might mean something completely different (such as to dislocate one's shoulder) - so this is all about interpretation, not the words themselves. – FumbleFingers Jun 28 '18 at 12:54
  • Note that the site guidelines themselves don't explicitly exclude lyrics interpretation - that's just my opinion. But honestly, no normal native Anglophone would say anything like When did you lay her down? when challenging a partner about his unfaithfulness, so it's really not the kind of usage you should want to learn unless you're planning to become a (bad) poet in a foreign language. – FumbleFingers Jun 28 '18 at 13:00
  • No reason to close just because it's a poem or a lyric if the question is about the possible literal meanings or syntax, etc etc. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jun 28 '18 at 16:33

To put out a joint can mean to snuff out a marijuana cigarette.

to lay something down literally means to place it down on a surface.

He laid his pen down on the desk.

to lay someone down means to place (or guide) the person into a supine position.

He carried her across the room and laid her down on the bed.

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