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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