Top 10 Songs Where Bad Grammar Sounds Good

When it comes to rock 'n roll lyrics, sometimes using correct English just won't work.

By Sarah Wharton and Paul Silverman
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    "I Feel Good" by James Brown

    Corrected: "I Feel Well"

    When right sounds wrong:

    I feel well! I knew that I would...
    When I hold you in my arms
    I know that I can't do any wrong
    And when I hold you in my arms
    My love won't do you any harm

    "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" by U2

    Corrected: "I Still Haven't Found for What I'm Looking"

    When right sounds wrong:

    But I still haven't found for what I'm looking
    But I still haven't found for what I'm looking
    But I still haven't found for what I'm looking
    But I still haven't found for what I'm looking

    "Rocket Man" by Elton John

    Corrected: "Rocket Person" (our gender-sensitive choice)

    When right sounds wrong:

    And I think it's going to be a long, long time
    'Til touchdown brings me around again to find
    I'm not the person they think I am back home
    Oh no, no, no
    I'm a rocket person
    Rocket person, burning up the fuse up here alone.

    "Me and Bobby McGee" by Janis Joplin

    Corrected: "Bobby McGee and I"

    When right sounds wrong:

    You know feeling good was good enough for me
    Good enough for my Bobby McGee and I

    "I Can't Get No Satisfaction" by The Rolling Stones

    Corrected: "I Can't Get Any Satisfaction"

    When right sounds wrong:

    I can't get any satisfaction
    I can't get any satisfaction
    Because I try, and I try, and I try, and I try
    I can't get any, I can't get any

    "Who You Gonna Call? (Ghostbusters)" by Ray Parker, Jr.

    Corrected: "Whom Are You Going to Call? (Ghostbusters)"

    When right sounds wrong:

    If it's something weird, and it doesn't look good
    Whom are you going to call? Ghostbusters!
    I'm not afraid of any ghost

    "Ain't No Sunshine" by Bill Withers

    Corrected: "There Is No Sunshine"

    When right sounds wrong:

    There is no sunshine when she's gone
    And this house just isn't a home
    Any time she goes away

    "Who Do You Love?" by Bo Diddley

    Corrected: "Whom Do You Love?"

    When right sounds wrong:

    Whom do you love?
    Whom do you love?
    Whom do you love?
    Whom do you love?

    "What's Love Got To Do With It?" by Tina Turner

    Corrected: "What's Love Have to Do with It?"

    When right sounds wrong:

    What's love have to do, have to do with it?
    What's love but a second-hand emotion?

    "Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On" by Jerry Lee Lewis

    Corrected: "A Whole Lot of Shaking Going On"

    When right sounds wrong:

    We aren't faking
    A whole lot of shaking going on

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    • Nathan

      “I feel good” functions as a subject, linking verb, and predicate adjective. Therefore, the adjective “good” is modifying the subject “I.” So, the grammar in “I feel good!” is actually already correct. Changing it to “I feel well” would imply that the singer is good at feeling things, physically touching things.