In some cases, it would be weird for songs to follow the rules of grammar — especially songs within the hip-hop genre. But did Gwen Stefani really have an excuse for singing, “If I was a rich girl” when “If I were a rich girl” would have easily sufficed?
Here are some lyrics that have been rewritten to better reflect the principles of language.
- “Hold up / We are those boys.”
- “My anaconda doesn’t / My anaconda doesn’t / My anaconda doesn’t want any unless you’ve got buns, hun.”
- “There isn’t any rest for the wicked / And money doesn’t grow on trees.”
- “I’m about to strip, and I want it quickly / Can you handle me the way I am?”
- “Bitch, whom do you love?”
- “Whip it / Whip it well.”
- “We run things; things don’t run us / We don’t take anything from anybody.”
- “If your chick comes close to me / She won’t be going home where she’s supposed to be.”
- “F is for friends who do stuff together / Y is for you and me / A is for anywhere and any time at all / Now the acronym is all messed up.”
- Last but not least: “Who gives a fuck about an Oxford comma? Everyone! Everyone ever!” *drops mic*
So, would you still listen to these songs? I sure as hell wouldn’t — except that last one, maybe. Mad respect.