Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Rock 'n' roll rules

(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
Lay, Lady, Lay
Can't Hardly Wait
You Ain't Goin' Nowhere
You Better, You Bet
Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard

What's wrong with these song titles? They're grammatically incorrect.

What's right about them? They're rock 'n' roll.

In other words, they get a pass on grammar. "I cannot get any satisfaction"? "Lie, lady, lie"? I think not. I mean, rock 'n' roll is all about breaking the rules, right?

Rock on.


  1. "Ain't no sunshine when she's gone"
    The double negative kind of defeats the purpose of the song!!

  2. Exactly! (And great example -- can't believe I forgot that one.)