Songs With Grammatical Errors We Just Can't Overlook

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Jena Ardell
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Yes, we are aware artists use poetic license when they are writing lyrics, but that doesn't prevent us from getting irritated when we hear grammatical errors over the radio waves. Below are ten songs with lyrics that set off our inner grammar-police sirens:




Cage The Elephant, "Ain't No Rest For The Wicked"

There ain't no rest for the wicked
Money don't grow on trees
I got bills to pay, I got mouths to feed
And there ain't nothin' in this world for free


This song is an English teacher's worst nightmare. Every line of the chorus, plus the title of the song, is one huge grammatical debauchery.



The Police, "Every little thing she does is magic"

Every little thing she does is magic
Everything she do just turns me on
Even though my life before was tragic
Now I know my love for her goes on


We understand Sting was aiming for a reggae-feel, but that misuse of 'do' makes us cringe every time we hear this song.



Alice In Chains, "Them Bones"

I believe them bones are me
Some say we're born into the grave
I feel so alone
Gonna end up a big ol' pile of them bones


Unless you're Layne Staley, using the term "them bones" makes you sound like a ham-bone.



Aerosmith, "Jaded"

My my baby blue
Yeah I been thinkin' about you
My my baby blue
Yeah you're so jaded
And I'm the one that jaded you


This may be nit-picky, but The lyric should be "I'm the one WHO jaded you". Unless Steven Tyler considers himself a thing.
 


Dave Matthew's Band, "When The World Ends"

And the world's done
Ours just begun
It's done
Ours just begun


The lyric should be "ours has just begun", but we like how you slur that line, so we'll let you slide this time, Matthews. One request though: please stop using the word 'belly' in all of your songs now. That word makes us cringe more than your grizzly-sounding, poor grammar.



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matty
matty

2 of my favorites: Mannfred Mann's Doo Wah Diddy: "I knew we was fallin in love"; and McCartney's Live and Let Die: But if this ever changing world in which we live in/Makes you give in and cry/
Say live and let die

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tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

It's nit-picky not nick-picky - and I dislike nit-pickers. But I think I can get over it but it grates on my nerves sometimes, I'm dealin' with a clean freak at the moment.

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