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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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Melanie Martinez's, "Alphabet Boy"
The Lyrics:
If you dingle that diploma and I dead
You don't be surprised
Why:
I'm sorry, but just, what? I don't even know what to point out here.
Submitted by: Gracelynn
Ben Folds Five's, "Battle Of Who Could Care Less"
The Lyrics:
Fight the battle of who could care less
Why:
It should be "who COULDN'T care less", Ben! If you care less, it means you do care.
Submitted by: MO
Katy Perry's, "Peacock"
The Lyrics:
Don't be a shy kinda guy, I bet it's beautiful
Why:
The kinda should be kind of guy
Submitted by: Katycat
Ben Lee's, "I Wish I Was Him"
The Lyrics:
I wish I was him.
He gets the women at his feet.
With all his cool friends.
He gets his records for free.
I wish I was him.
He has no enemies.
I wish I was him.
He's got six different flannel shirts.
Why:
The title line is grammatically incorrect in two ways. First of all, the word "was", in the dependent clause, is referring to conditions contrary to fact. That calls for the subjunctive mood, not the indicative mood. So "was" should be "were" instead. Secondly either "was" or "were" is a form of the verb "to be", and that verb takes predicate nominatives, not direct objects. Predicate nominatives need to be in the nominative case, not the objective case. So "him" needs to be "he" instead. So to be grammatically correct, the line needs to be "I wish I were he." and the title needs to be "I Wish I Were He".
Submitted by: Sabrina Flowe
John Mayer's, "Who You Love "
The Lyrics:
You love, who you love
Who you love
You love, who you love
Who you love
Why:
John is referring to a "him/her" so it should be "Whom"
Submitted by: rosensclass
Roger Miller's, "Kansas City Star"
The Lyrics:
Kansas City Star, that's what I are
Why:
It should be "That's what I am"
Submitted by: Darius Whitehead
Ly's, "Mrs Potato Head"
The Lyrics:
Do you swear you'll stay forever
Even if her face don't stay together
Why:
Why her face + don't Is this a grammar mistake. Some one help me with this
Submitted by: Lori
Bob Dylan's, "When You Gonna Wake Up"
The Lyrics:
When you gonna wake up and strengthen the things that remain?
(Also the title itself.)
Why:
Bob, although it wouldn't rhythmically fit in the meter, the correct way to say (or sing) it is: When ARE you gonna wake up?
Submitted by: Chowder
The B-52's', "Love Shack"
The Lyrics:
I got me a Chrysler
It's as big as a whale
Why:
I got MYSELF a Chrysler.
Submitted by: MO
Traditional's, "What Child Is This?"
The Lyrics:
This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing.
Why:
It would need to say "and OF whom angels sing" to be grammatically correct, because "sing" as a transitive verb needs a song or songs as its object. One can't sing a person (including a saviour, king, or Messiah); one sings a song or songs, and that / those song(s) is or are the object of sing as a transitive verb. But it would be difficult or impossible to use "sing" correctly here as a transitive verb and fit the meter of the song. Incidentally, in what I've know as the old original version of this song, these lines are in only the first verse. That is the version I prefer (not necessarily on grammatical grounds). In modern adulterated versions of the song, these lines get repeated in subsequent verses, which doesn't fit "to a T" the context of those later verses. Worse still, the repetition gets boring.
Submitted by: Karen Smith

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