I have a Facebook friend who, I think, is the head of the Grammar Police in our neck of the woods. He always has these posts that set me off on grammar review sprees. Today, this is his status:
The first thing I did was to google (yes, I used that as a verb) the lyrics of Bad Romance. So why did my friend write that note to Lady Gaga? Here are some lines from the song:
I want your love, and I want your revenge.
You and me could write a bad romance.
I suppose I can write a lengthy explanation about why the sentence is incorrect, but suffice it to say that “I” is the proper word as it is the subject of the sentence. Although as one commenter said, if Lady Gaga had used “I” instead of “me,” the song would probably have not been as catchy. So does bad grammar make for bad romance? Probably not.
So this simple Facebook status determined my grammar post for this week: song lyrics that have questionable grammar.
Name this song: ((Run to You by Bryan Adams))
She says her love for me could never die;
but that’d change if she ever found out about you and I.
Now this is the exact opposite of Lady Gaga’s song. This should be “…you and me.”
Here’s a quick tip for sentences following the two structures above: remove the “you” and check whether “I” or “me” works better.
The next song needs no guessing, I suppose, but I will share the video with you. It will certainly make your Monday brighter. Just make sure that you “look out” for the subject-verb agreement mistake. ((Every Little Thing She Does is Magic by The Police))
Every little thing she does is magic.
Every thing she do just turns me on.
The English teacher in me cringes every time I hear the second line – so much so that when I sing it, I unconsciously say “does” – but this song is too catchy and The Police too cute that I end up not minding the mistake.
Let’s face it – LOTS of song lyrics out there are grammatically unsound. They will make us cringe or shake our heads, but many will argue that they are covered by artistic freedom. I leave you with this question: where do you draw the line between artistic freedom and correct grammar?