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April 12, 2010



I thought it was “This ever-changing world in which we're livin' ... ”


How could you have possibly left out the most nonsensical lyric in pop music history, such as it is ...
"'Cause there ain't no one for to give them no pain." (Horse With No Name" - America)
A grammatical mobius strip.


Rhyme & Meter > Strunk & White

Listener bkd

I've never seen the published music and lyrics, so it could very well have been written as 'insatiable an appetite,' but I've always assumed it to be 'insatiable in appetite,' whenever I've heard it.


Going back to the '50s, there's the redundancy of "Sh-Boom" by The Crew-Cuts: "Oh, life could be a dream, if I could take you up in paradise up above."

Bobo Hoho

How about anything by Neil Diamond?

"When it began, I can't begin to knowin'" (Sweet Caroline)
"I'll have me a time with a poor man's lady" and "
Don't need to say please to no man for a happy tune" (Cracklin' Rosie)

Bits N Rather

Seriously, Pink Floyd? You don't think this was perhaps intended tad ironically, given the nature of the song/album? Same with Bo Diddley - I think there's a bit of humor at work there. I launch grammar corrections as much as the next know-it-all, but have a little perspective, huh?


“You shoulda heard just what I seen”

I so disagree. In context, that line is poetry (and self-conscious humor, as Bits noted).

Dann Baker

"Just break it all; you listen me: break it all!"
—Los Shakers

Rockford John

“Well since she put me down I’ve been ALL THROUGH IT in my head” or do I just hear it the way I think it should be?


And then there's "No matter where I go I will come back to my English Rose/ For nothing, could ever tempt me from she" (The Jam, "English Rose") It's such a great song, but that lines rankles every time.

Or "She is addicted to thee" in "Dancing Barefoot"--that can't be correct grammar, can it? Even aside from being Old English.


"I thought it was 'This ever-changing world in which we're livin' ... '
Posted by: Nic | April 12, 2010 at 11:09 PM"
I think you think rightly.

"When you were young and your heart was an open book,
you used to say, 'Live and let live.'
(you know you did, you know you did, you know you did)
But if this ever-changing world in which we're livin' makes you give in and cry,
say 'Live and let die.'"


"I having difficulty obtaining satisfaction, I'm really having difficulty obtaining satisfaction, well pardon me"

Yeah, cough, that's much better.

Here's another: "she was formerly in my possession, she was formerly in my possession" - O'Jays.

Man, literacy rocks.


This is ridiculous. Rock and roll is freedom of expression. Poetry is freedom of expression. Some of the greatest writers of rock are "grammatically incorrect" poets. I don't think that this "problem" actually warrants a blogpost.


Old pirates, yes, they rob I,
Sold I to the merchant ships,
etc etc etc.


"When you do not have anything, you do not have anything to lose" is not worthy of Byron or Shelley. "When you ain't got nothing, you've got nothing to lose" is.


Hey! T-Shirt! Leave Those Kids A Loan!


I always thought that it was "insatiable in appetite". Lyric sheet typo?

"Till the stars fall from the sky for you and I"
is a much better 'change to create a rhyme' than
"I got a limo right in the back,
I lock the doors in case I'm attack"
(Joe Walsh "Life's Been Good")

Martin L.

Robby Krieger wrote "Touch me",not Jim Morrisson,as far as I know.(but maybe he slept with Nico too,who knows?)

Martin L.

...and Geezer Butler was usually Black Sabbath's lyricist.Of course some chemicals may have been shared.

Michael L.

There is an enjoyable tradition here. How about,
'He made a vow while in state prison;
Vowed it'd be my life or hisn' from High Noon (1953)


if I were a sculptor, but then again, no.....

Johnny Drongo

Well, as we all know, rock & roll " sung, played and written, for the most part, by cretinous goons. And, by means of its almost imbecilic reiteration, and sly, lewd and in plain fact, dirty lyrics ... it manages to be the martial music of every side-burned delinquent on the face of the earth."


The one that always made me cringe was the Heart song in the 90's that went, "Who's gonna wipe away the tears you cry/ Who's gonna love you babe as good as I?" Right pronoun, wrong adverb. I guess it wouldn't sound as rockin' if they sang, "Who's going to love you, dear, as well as I?" But it was more of a power ballad than a rock song.


And don't forget Billy Joel butchering the maxim "Every dog has his day" in "Don't Ask Me Why": "Every dog must have his every day"...

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