Do you have some songs that, for you, are like nails on a chalkboard when you hear them because the lyrics use bad grammar?
These aren't the most popular songs in the world, but here's some that irk the heck out of me:
Air Supply's "Two LESS Lonely People in the World"
Phantom of the Opera's deleted scene/song, "No one would listen" ("No one but HER heard as the outcast hears...." (This one I detected on a YouTube video, so I couldn't resist commenting - to which the person responded, "WTF". I couldn't help myself. . )
The Beatles and the Brooklyn Bridge both (in songs with a guy singing to a girl) used, "If he loves you more than ME"
Diana Ross is guilty of any number of them, including "ain't" in a lot of them; and including, "for you and I" (in "If We Hold On Together").
There is a song going around where I am at the moment with the lyrics:
"Walking around on broken leg"
I try not to let these things get to me, but - boy - does bad grammar ever ruin an otherwise decent song for me. I really don't get the Phantom of the Opera one, which was done in - like - 2004 by people who aren't exactly fly-by-night music people (Andrew Lloyd Webber and company). Of all the people involved in recording that song, didn't anyone notice?
Elvis Presley: "You ain't nothin' but a hounddog".
Devo: "Whip It Good".
I honestly don't care when it comes to songs. I find it funny that so many people have no clue there is anything grammatically wrong with the songs. (I am more bothered by people with 90 plus hub scores writing hubs that are full of errors. People should have their scores lowered if they truly cannot write.)
it's called slang....bad grammar and all the songs sell, elvis presley's hound-dog song sold millions.what i do care about is if someone can speak or write properly. and yes i am knowingly using lower case letters.
heh... the one that bugs me the most is paul mccartney/guns 'n' roses in "live and let die":
"... world in which we live in"
(yeah, i know, the extra world fits the tune better)
bryan adams' "run to you":
"... ever found out about you and i"
(sure, and this excuse is to make it rhyme with the previous line)
another one that really grates on me is the whole song of alanis
morrissette's "ironic" -- there're no actual examples of irony...
i can understand about slang and artistic license, but when people don't even realize that it's not proper grammar, it makes me cringe at the example they are giving....
Thank you! It's funny how people here on hubpages don't even realize that there is a difference between SLANG and BAD GRAMMAR. They are not the same!
There is the concept of taking artistic license and the concept of the so-called artist just being ignorant.
As far as rap goes, being ignorant and not being able to properly speak English are different than using slang. (Don't get me started on Ebonics either! I have no time to argue with idiots over that one, know what I mean?)
I notice poor grammar, but I don't let it get to me in songs. Just don't say these things out loud to me, unless you want to be corrected :0)
This little gem comes from a classic Backstreet Boys song, "Does his gifts come from the heart?"
=[ great. The only songs on my play-list you would agree with are instrumentals.
maybe... but hey, we all have our own musical tastes, right? just because i notice (and cringe at) the grammatical mistakes in songs doesn't mean i don't have them on my playlist(s)... i'm a big james bond fan, so i cringe at "live and let die" whenever i watch the movie, too...
"which was done in - like - 2004 "
"Like"-This is proper grammar?
by JSParker6 years ago
I think HubPages is just a terrific opportunity for writers to write and make connections within the HubPages community. However, I am concerned about the quality of some of the hubs I see. Even if the...
by Tony5 years ago
If we approve comments on our hubs that have poor spelling and grammar are we opening ourselves up to possible problems with HP and ultimately the great Google? I know I have many comments that are barely understandable...
by pertibha3216 years ago
All of my hubs are offline.I were making good income from just 35 hubs,got 100 followers and many good comments.But all is wasted as moderators think that my hubs don't qualify standards of hubpages.I don't argue with...
by Paul Edmondson2 years ago
I wanted to share a graph that shows traffic change for the September Panda update by grammar and mechanics score.This is a significant correlation. We've also tested "light" edits where grammar and...
by Eaglekiwi4 months ago
Time in a bottle
by thirdmillenium8 years ago
What weighs more with you? The sweetness of melody or the thoughtful lyrics that makes you listen REPEATEDLY to a song? For e.g., ...
Copyright © 2017 HubPages Inc. and respective owners.
Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners.
HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc.
HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.