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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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System of a Down's, "Toxicity"
The Lyrics:
When I became the sun,
I shone life into the man's hearts.
Why:
The word "man" is in singular form; everyone knows that every man (or woman, or child) only has ONE heart. (Which also makes this line in the song nonsensical - and literally impossible.)
Submitted by: Chowder
Tim McGraw's, "Angry All The Time"
The Lyrics:
Twenty years have came and went
Since I walked out of your door
Why:
Twenty years have COME and GONE! I know this is country music, but usually there isn't an error as bad as this. Also, the "of" in the phrase "out of your door" should be removed. This literally means that Tim was trapped inside Faith's door for twenty years, but managed to find a way out of it. Another lyric that is Bad Grammar and Literally Impossible at the same time.
Submitted by: MO
Lonnie Donegan's, "Does Your Chewing Gum Lose It's Flavor"
The Lyrics:
Does your chewing gum lose it's flavor
On the bedpost overnight?
Why:
This is the way the song's title was printed on the record. Lonnie should have thought that "its", the possessive, does not have an apostrophe. Otherwise, it means "it is". Technically, the song's title is "Does Your Chewing Gum Lose It Is Flavor".
Submitted by: MO
Lefty Frizzell's, "No One To Talk To But The Blues"
The Lyrics:
Last night I came home,
You wasn't there...
Why:
Umm.... Lefty, that should be "you WEREN'T there".
Submitted by: Chowder
George Thorogood's, "Bad To The Bone"
The Lyrics:
When I walk the streets, kings and queens step aside.
Every woman I meet, they all stay satisfied.
Why:
"Every woman" is actually singular, because you say "every woman IS", not "every woman ARE". George should have said either "Every woman I meet, SHE stays satisfied" or "ALL the WOMEN I meet". Second of all, it's more common for the so-called "singular they" to be used when the gender is unknown. This is one of the rare cases where someone refers to a singular person as "they" despite the gender being identified.
Submitted by: MO
Stone Temple Pilots', "Sex Type Thing"
The Lyrics:
I'm gonna learn you 'bout philosophy
Why:
Should be "I'm going to TEACH you about philosophy." "Learn" means "to gain knowledge" and teach means "to instruct". You can't gain knowledge somebody, you instruct them.
Submitted by: MO
Elvis Presley's, "One Night"
The Lyrics:
I ain't never did no wrong
Why:
Even if you remove the triple negative (ain't never did no), it would still be grammatically incorrect. It would read "I have did no wrong" or "I have never did any wrong". So the line should be either "I have done no wrong" or "I have never done any wrong".
Submitted by: MO
Everclear's, "Father Of Mine"
The Lyrics:
I remember blue skies walking the block
Why:
Dangling participle! Do blue skies physically walk? No. It should be "I remember seeing blue skies WHILE I WAS walking the block", but that definitely would not fit the meter. This lyric is Bad Grammar and Literally Impossible at the same time.
Submitted by: MO
Theme Songs', "Flipper"
The Lyrics:
No-one you see is smarter than he
Why:
It should be "him"; not "he", but "him" doesn't rhyme with "see."
Submitted by: Isac
John Mayer's, "Waiting On The World To Change"
The Lyrics:
So we keep on waiting (waiting)
Waiting on the world to change
Why:
It should be "waiting FOR the world to change". "Wait on" means serve, John.
Submitted by: MO

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