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Grammatically incorrect song titles

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Munjibunga, Mar 22, 2014.


  1. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    Groom Lake, NV
    Disclosures:
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Titles only, not lyrics. I'll start. I haven't done any research yet - I just heard this one on the radio today.

    "I Can't Stand it No More" ~ Peter Frampton
     
  2. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    Groom Lake, NV
    Disclosures:
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Pretty much any of the titles that start with "Ain't No ..."

    "Ain't No Woman (Like the One I Got)" ~ The Four Tops
     
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  4. Born to be Wild.

    Bad Moon Rising.

    In a New York State of Mind....

    There must be more incomplete sentences for song titles than complete ones. Do you count answers to Jeopardy questions as grammatically correct? Oh the Hysteria!
     
  5. There are many titles with "ain't"

    Ain't That a Shame - Cheap Trick
    A Lil Ain't Enough - David Lee Roth
    Ain't That Unusual - Goo Goo Dolls
    Hell Ain't a Bad Place To Be - AC/DC
    Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution - AC/DC
    You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet - Bachman Turner Overdrive
    I Ain't Drunk I'm Just Drinking -Albert Collins

    And many more....:D
     
  6. How about this one:

    Must of Got Lost - J. Geils Band (or is it Musta Got Lost"? :confused:)
     
  7. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    Groom Lake, NV
    Disclosures:
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    I don't necessarily consider the use of "ain't" to be grammatically incorrect. It's slang, but common, and it's in the dictionary. Also, I hadn't considered incomplete sentences. If we count those, there'll be an awful long list.

    So I'm good with "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" as one for the list. (I know - I started a sentence with a conjunction.)
     
  8. Hi.

    Must be either my lack of knowledge about modern/pop poetry, or the obvious fact that I'm not a native speaker, but since when poetry or art has been known to be grammatically correct?

    Ain't the opposite the "norm"?

    Regards
    Sam
     
  9. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS * Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    Maybe you're on to something new here - rock sung grammatically correct, and with a proper British accent.
    Haut Monde Metal. :)
     
  10. Nothing new under the sun. "God Save The Queen" :bag:
     
  11. Rock "n" roll was born grammaticly incorrect but who would have want to hear Elvis singing "You aren't anything but a hound dog?":bag:
     
  12. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens
    The Beach Boys "God Only Knows".

    I'm not a believer, but to say "god only knows what I'd be without you", means that this god only knows this one thing: where I'd be without you. The correct way would be "only god knows where I'd be without you". I suppose this is a syntax error rather than a grammar error.
     
  13. bass_case

    bass_case Maintain low tones. Supporting Member

    Oct 23, 2013
    Miami, FL
    It would be harder to find grammatically correct song titles. Even "Moonlight Sonata" is an incomplete sentence.
     
  14. bass_case

    bass_case Maintain low tones. Supporting Member

    Oct 23, 2013
    Miami, FL

    They were leveraging the common phrase, "God only knows." Could have said "nobody knows," but it doesn't have the same weight.
     
  15. A title does not have to be a proper sentence. At least in academic writing.
     
  16. I can't get no satisfaction - Stones
    You haven't done nothin' - Stevie
    Me and my shadow - Robbie Williams (billy Rose)
    Lay down Sally - Clapton
     
  17. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens
    True. Still a great song.
     
  18. Honourable mention to Pink Floyd for Another brick in the wall.

    "We don't need no education".

    Sublime. :clap:
     
  19. Richland123

    Richland123

    Apr 17, 2009
    Me And My Arrow - Harry Nilsson
    Me And My Shadow - too many to list
    Don't Come Around Here No More - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
    Do You Know Where You're Going To - Diana Ross
     
  20. Jeff K

    Jeff K Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2005
    Memphis, TN
    I don't think there are very many folks grasping your original concept/question. Almost every song title is an incomplete sentence. If I'M not mistaken, what you're asking for are song titles using poor grammar - not incomplete sentences.
     
  21. elgecko

    elgecko

    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)
     



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