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Song lyrics aren't supposed to be a fountain of perfect english, but on the other hand some are just so atrocious, they need to get called out. We're not looking for sentance fragments or the word ain't since there are too many instances to count.

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Dan Fogelberg's, "Leader of the Band"
The Lyrics:
"... Living out this life I've chose and learned to know so well."
"... I don't think I've said 'I love you' near enough."
Why:
Should be "life I've chosen"
Should be "nearly enough" (Editor: It's Fogelberg. Not Folgelberg.)
Submitted by: Carolyn
Dan Fogelberg's, "Leader of the Band"
The Lyrics:
I am a/the living legacy TO the Leader of the Band...
Why:
A legacy is not "to" something, rather "of" it.
Submitted by: Carolyn
Spin Doctors', "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong"
The Lyrics:
I hope them cigarettes are gonna make you cough
Why:
It should be "I hope THOSE cigarettes WILL make you cough."
Submitted by: Isac
Louis Jordan's, "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby"
The Lyrics:
Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby?
Why:
As a "Tom and Jerry" fan (where this song was played on "Solid Serenade") Tom serenades his lady cat with this song who's voiced by Ira Woods...yes Tom Cat HAD a voice in this cartoon! The appropriate title should be "Are you are aren't you my baby"?
Submitted by: Paul Warren
Guns N' Roses', "Welcome to the Jungle"
The Lyrics:
We are the people that can find whatever you may need
Why:
People are "whos" not "things." The grammatically correct lyric would be "We are the people WHO can find whatever you may need"
Submitted by: Jay
Creedence Clearwater Revival's, "Midnight Special"
The Lyrics:
Let the midnight special shine a ever lovin' light on me.
Why:
It should be AN, not A! Get it right, John!
Submitted by: Isac
John Denver & The Muppets', "Christmas Is Coming"
The Lyrics:
If you haven't got a penny, a ha'penny will do
If you haven't got a ha'penny then God bless you
Why:
It should be DON'T HAVE, not HAVEN'T GOT
Submitted by: Isac
The Wizz's, "Brand New Day"
The Lyrics:
Let's commence to singing joyfully
Why:
Commence (outdated as it is) can be followed either by 'to sing' (infinitive) or by 'singing' (gerund), but not by 'to + gerund'.
Submitted by: Lonneke
Dio's, "The Last In Line"
The Lyrics:
We're off to the witch
Why:
It should be "we're off to SEE the witch"
Submitted by: GlamRockNinjaLord
Larry Gatlin's, "I Don't Wanna Cry"
The Lyrics:
I don't wanna cry this early this morning
So lay back down and love me
And leave the leaving to later on
Why:
Grammatical error #1: Wanna
Grammatical error: Use of the word "lay"
Solution #1: I don't WANT to cry this early this morning
Solution #2: So LIE back down and love me and leave the leaving to later on
Submitted by: Isac

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