Saturday, June 9, 2018

June 9. Song Grammar

"I feel the magic between you and I..."

"Lay down Sally"

"In the end it's him and I"

"Everything she do just turns me on"

"Proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free"

"I got you! I feel good!"

 "Lay, lady, lay, lay across my big brass bed"

"You and me could write a bad romance"


  1. I thought I could think of a few to add to this list, but my mind is baked after a day out in the sun. All I came up with is "He ain't heavy, he's my brother".

  2. "But each day when she walks to the sea,
    She looks straight ahead – not at he…"

    1. This can't be. Someone thought that even sounded ok??

  3. I tried to think of something to add to the list as well, but failed. Fortunately, Google came to the rescue with these examples of "not bad grammar, atrocious grammar":

    Dan Fogelberg, “Stars” – “Far too many stars have fell on me.” For some reason I expected more from Fogelberg. Jeez, he even uses the word “fickle” in this song. How can you do that and get the past participle of “fall” wrong?

    Backstreet Boys, “I’ll Never Break Your Heart” – “As time goes by, you will get to know me a little more better.” Maybe if she spends more time with you, she’ll know you much more betterer. Then she’ll know you the betterest. Gwen Stefani will think that’s the most bestest, I’m sure.

    Gwen Stefani, “Rich Girl” – “If I was a rich girl…” The rule here is the past subjunctive requires the plural form of the verb to be. That’s a tough rule, and Gwen may not have known that. But this is a remake of the Fiddler on the Roof song, “If I WERE a Rich Man.” So for some reason, she thought the original composers were wrong, and she, the grammar queen, would make the verse grammatically correct. Either that, or she has an evil plot to dumb down America. Or she’s kinda stupid. I mean, who else had two songs on this list?

    Kanye West, “Jesus Walks” – “Yo, We at war/We at war with terrorism, racism, and most of all we at war with ourselves/God show me the way because the Devil trying to break me down” Now I know targeting Kanye West lyrics is like shooting fish in a barrel, but I find this one fascinating. Kanye doesn’t seem to understand the concept of helping verbs. How hard would it be to change “We” to “We’re”? Still the same number of syllables…

    1. A little more better!!!!

      And the Gwen Stefani change up of a standard. Those are terrible!

  4. I'm bowing to your post, and the comments.

  5. Oh yeah. It's not fair that we cringe when listing to music we like (or don't like, but still unfair).