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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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Elvis Presley's, "Little Sister"
The Lyrics:
Little sister, don't you do what your big sister done
Why:
The bad grammar is because "did" doesn't rhyme with "run."
Submitted by: crazydon
John Denver's, "Thank God I'm A Country Boy"
The Lyrics:
But the Lord and my wife wouldn't take it very good
Why:
"Good" is an adjective; the adverb "well" is required here.
Submitted by: RJSchex
Eric Clapton's, "Before You Accuse Me"
The Lyrics:
Your Mama said "Son,
Don't call my daughter no more."
Why:
"Don't", then "no more" - double negative.
Submitted by: Chowder
Lou Rawls', "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine"
The Lyrics:
Oh I don't wish you no bad luck baby
Why:
It should be either "Oh I don't wish you ANY bad luck baby" or "Oh I WISH you no bad luck baby." If Lou Rawls says he doesn't wish me NO bad luck, obviously he DOES wish me SOME bad luck.
Submitted by: Isac
Little Anthony & The Imperials', "Goin' Out Of My Head"
The Lyrics:
I can't think of anything but you
Why:
It should be "I can't think of ANYONE but you." "ANYONE" is used in reference to a person. "ANYTHING" should be used in reference to a thing. Zachary Breaux made the same mistake in his version of the song several years later.
Submitted by: Isac
Johnny Cash's, "Understand Your Man"
The Lyrics:
Lay there in your bed and keep your mouth shut 'til I'm gone
Why:
LIE there in your bed and keep your mouth shut 'til I'm gone
Submitted by: Isac
Gerry & The Pacemakers', "Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying"
The Lyrics:
It may be hard to discover
That you've been left for another
Why:
Passive voice. It should be "It may be hard to discover that your baby's left you for another."
Submitted by: Isac
Dion and the Belmonts', "Where or When"
The Lyrics:
Some things that happen for the first time seems to be happening again
Why:
The subject does not agree with the verb. It should have read, "seem to be happening again." Seems is only used for third person singular and the subject is third person plural.
Submitted by: Barry Disbrow
Marcie Blane's, "Bobby's Girl"
The Lyrics:
And if I was Bobby's girl
Why:
And if I were Bobby's girl is the proper grammer as this is in the subjunctive mood.
Submitted by: Barry Disbrow
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

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