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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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Frank Sinatra's, "My Way"
The Lyrics:
But through it all, when there was doubt,
I ate it up and spit it out...
Why:
While this part of the song expresses past tense ("when there WAS doubt, I ATE it up..."), the word "spit" is in present tense. The correct form is: "I ate it up and SPAT it out".
Submitted by: Chowder
System Of A Down's, "Aerials"
The Lyrics:
'Cause we are the ones that wanna play...
We are the ones that wanna choose...
Why:
Both the "that"s should be "who"s, as things and animals, not people, are referred to as "that", Serj. It's not likely that this is sung from the point of view of birds or dogs. Then, the "that" would be correct.
Submitted by: MO
Chris Norman's, "No Arms Can Ever Hold You"
The Lyrics:
I'll never give up
Never one of my dreams...
Why:
A double negative!
Submitted by: Chowder
The Vaselines', "Jesus Doesn't Want Me For A Sunbeam"
The Lyrics:
Jesus don't want me for a sunbeam.
Why:
They got it right in the song title, and "doesn't" does fit the meter, but they still insisted on saying "don't", oddly. The Nirvana cover contains the same mistake.
Submitted by: MO
Metallica's, "Creeping Death"
The Lyrics:
Slaves! Hebrews born to serve
To the Pharaoh...
Why:
The correct form is "Hebrews born to serve the Pharaoh" ("to" after "serve" makes an awkward redundancy), but it wouldn't fit in the meter if sung that way.
Submitted by: Chowder
The All-American Rejects', "Gives You Hell"
The Lyrics:
When you find a man that's worth a damn
And treats you well
Why:
Unless they're singing about a mannequin, it should be "man WHO'S worth a damn", because "that" is reserved for objects, not people.
Submitted by: MO
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

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