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What song lyrics bother you and why?

Asked by stump (3835points) January 29th, 2010

Songs that use partial rhymes or rhyme a word with itself bug me. Whenever I hear John Lennon’s “Imagine” it kills me that he rhymes ‘one’ with ‘one’. One of the greatest songwriters of his generation, and he couldn’t come up with a word that rhymes with one? I love the song except for that line. Am I alone in this? Am I just too picky?

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Facade's avatar

Ones about bitches and hoes.

Trillian's avatar

I’m so glad you asked me that. I hear the words and they kill me when others say “I don’t even listen to what they’re saying.” What? Are you serious? how can you not? Gaaaahhhhh! So, I’ll stick with ONE.
He says “I’m not talkin’ ‘bout movin’ in. And I don’t wanna change your life. But there’s a warm wind blowin’, the stars are out. And I really wanna see you tonight.
Translation: I’m a jerk. I don’t want to be bothered taking you out to dinner, or a movie. I don’t want you to call me later. But what the hell, I’m awake, I have a couple hours to kill, I have the itch AND your phone number, so how ‘bout it?
Do I need to actually say why this bothers me? Other than the fact that it’s set to soft music and seems on the surface like a nice song?

gailcalled's avatar

Perversely, one of my new favorites is 62-yr-old Larry Platt, who sings “Pants on the Ground,....looking like a fool with your pants on the ground, with your gold in your mouth, hat turned sideways” on the latest American Idol.

KatawaGrey's avatar

There is one line in the song Mr. Brightside by The Killers that drives me crazy because the rhyme doesn’t match up:

Now they’re going to bed
And my stomach is sick
And it’s all in my head but
She’s touching his chest now
He takes off her dress now

Gah, he switches rhyme schemes right in the middle of the verse! Drives me nuts every time!

benjaminlevi's avatar

@Facade…and “pimps”

stump's avatar

@gailcalled What bugs me about that verse is he rhymes chest with dress. How about ‘They’re getting undressed now.” Same idea, and it rhymes! But you are right, ‘My stomach is sick.’ has no resolution.

El_Cadejo's avatar


gailcalled's avatar

@stump: I am not the fan of a group called Killers, as it happens. You meant to address @KatawaGrey.

TheLoneMonk's avatar

No one heard a word, not even the chair” from I am, I said by Neil Diamond. Sends shivers…yuck.

Also, any single lyric in Candy Man by Sammy Davis Jr.

Oh, one more: Abacab lyric in the aptly titled Abacab by Genesis. Is there really anyone who doesn’t think Phil Collins ruined the band when he became the leader of the band?

john65pennington's avatar

I have to agree with urbanbatman. rap music hits a sore spot with me. this is not music, its mostly people that cannot carry a tune in a bucket and its aimed at downing society and everybody in it. and, lets not forget karoke….......bah humbug.

Les's avatar

Young girl
get out of my mind.
My love for you
is way out of line.
Better run girl.
You’re much too young girl.

Do I need to explain why?

deni's avatar

“I’ve got a feeling that tonights gonna be a good night” are you fucking kidding me? that is the most uncreative thing ive ever heard in my life. and i log onto facebook and at least once a week someone has QUOTED that song in their status. WHY??????????????????????? the black eyed peas are so horrible.

DominicX's avatar

“Lucky that my breasts
Are small and humble
So you don’t confuse
Them with mountains”

lol…I actually love that song, “Whenever, Wherever” by Shakira, but those lyrics are terrible.

“Leaving was never my proud”

from “Leaving New York” by R.E.M. This is a song my brother likes, but that line is so dumb. “Proud” is not a fucking noun. lol

MaineExile's avatar

Any lyrics that David Gilmore writes and calls a Pink Floyd song. He’s the greatest guitarist ever, and I love his voice, but he should not be allowed to write lyrics. Roger Waters owns the legacy of that group and all it stands for.

stump's avatar

@gailcalled @KatawaGrey Sorry to both. I look at the name above the avatar.

benseven's avatar

@KatawaGrey – I have one for you:
The Killers line from Mr. Brightside, I strongly believe, is meant to sound like he’s about to say ‘touching his…’ (think something that rhymes with sick!)

The reason I think that is the verse spills over into the first beat of the chorus. I’ve always heard it that he cuts himself off from saying ‘dick’ and emphasises ‘Chest…’ etc. Have a listen to it again…

Here’s one that bothers me, but not because it’s bad:

There’s a band from Scotland called Biffy Clyro, and they have a song on their new album called Many of Horror. It’s a really powerful song, and beautiful while remaining tragic – it’s about remaining in a violent relationship because you believe in the person and want to be with them.

I’ve listened to this song a number of times when something hit me.

The first line: You say I love you boy / I know you lie
(That’s how the lyric is written in the liner notes too)

Where is the emphasis? Is it:

You say ‘I love you’ boy, which is how I heard it for ages – this assuming the wronged partner is female (aka classic domestic abuse assumption on my part).

But is it, instead, You say ‘I love you boy’

That kind of turned it on its head for me, hearing it like that. And realising the phrasing in the lyrics isn’t spelt out, means it’s either a deliberate or accidentally brilliant ambiguity from a lyrical point of view. And as a bloke, a much more intriguing one!

What bothers me is I may never know what was meant, whose perspective it’s from. But I kind of like not knowing!

Thanks for indulging my long post!

MaineExile's avatar

“Shiny happy people holding hands” (REM) drives my wife nuts. She hates it! I love the song, but the lyric is a wee bit Pollyannaish.

njnyjobs's avatar

Rihanna’s Russian Roulette

goose756's avatar

Figured You Out – by Nickelback

Nickelback sucks horribly anyway but that song is awful.

I like your pants around your feet
And I like the dirt that’s on your knees
And I like the way you still say please
While you’re looking up at me
You’re like my favorite damn disease


KatawaGrey's avatar

@benseven: That’s what I expect every time I listen to the song! I’ll try and hear what you mean because that makes so much more sense to me!

Snarp's avatar

@goose756 That’s the song I though of too. And don’t forget this part:

And I love your lack of self respect
While you’re passed out on the deck
I love my hands around your neck

Sick indeed.

MaineExile's avatar

“someone left the cake out in the rain
I don’t think that I can take it
‘cause it took so long to bake it
and I’ll never have that recipe again”

- MacArthur Park, as written by Jimmy Webb and sung by Donna Summer

This is the lyric I use to make fun of the Disco era, which I thought was the end of civilization as I knew it. Actually, Rap is the end of civilization. Disco was just the Dark Ages.

Harp's avatar

“Muskrat, muskrat candlelight
Doin’ the town and doin’ it right
In the evenin’
It’s pretty pleasin’

Muskrat Susie, Muskrat Sam
Do the jitterbug out in muskrat land
And they shimmy
And Sammy’s so skinny”

Savor the video here

TheLoneMonk's avatar

@MaineExile I hate that lyric too, but love the Richard Harris version of the song!

marinelife's avatar

While My Guitar Gently Weeps by George Harrison.

I can’t stand the line:

“I look at the floor and I see it needs sweeping.”

The desperation of the attempt to rhyme with weeping is dreadful.

stump's avatar

@benseven or @KatawaGrey I don’t know the song you are talking about, but I love when a song can be interpretted two ways. Is the singer a guy or a girl?

liminal's avatar

@harp i was going to post the same thing “Nibbling on bacon, chewin’ on cheese
Sammy says to Susie “Honey, would you please be my missus?” terrible stuff!

@deni “Get you love drunk off my hump.
My hump, my hump, my hump, my hump, my hump,
My hump, my hump, my hump, my lovely little lumps” another black eyed peas treasure~

What bothers me even more is when those songs get stuck in my head!

KatawaGrey's avatar

@stump: The singer is a man. The band is The Killers and they are pretty awesome in my humble opinion and the song, Mr. Brightside, is one of their singles from an album of theirs called Hot Fuss.

ucme's avatar

Anything & everything that Celine fucking horse face Dion has ever spewed out of her gob.

TheLoneMonk's avatar

Mama’s got a squeeze box she wears on her chest and when daddy comes home he gets no rest ‘cause he plays it all night… by The Who. Sure it’s a about an accordion but what a lame double entendre.

TheLoneMonk's avatar

@ucme: GA for “Gob” I can never seem to work that into a sentence.

ucme's avatar

Any song that rhymes near or fear with year, unless of course the writer is from Noo Joizy.

benseven's avatar

@stump the singer I think you’re referring to (the one in a different song to the one I was discussing with @KatawaGrey) is a bloke, but as I say it comes down to the actual phrasing intended – hearing it, it could be either – check out the song here and see what you think!

Shield_of_Achilles's avatar

“If I go crazy will you still call me superman?”

The answer is always no.

janbb's avatar

“I shot the sherriff, but I did not shoot the deputy.”

deni's avatar

@liminal hhahah “treasure”....good word choice

Steve_A's avatar

After trying to write lyrics myself all I can think is that now a days they all suck to me including mine.

Its all been done before I say if anything if you make a buck or two from the song then way to go.

aprilsimnel's avatar

@Trillian, almost every other song in the 70s was some dude warbling about how he wasn’t ready to be in a real relationship, but would you mind horribly if he came by for a good rogering? Sheesh. And if it wasn’t that, it was the cherubic voice of Michael Jackson warning “Stop! The love you save may be your own; gotta take it slow, or one day you’ll be all alone.” Because, gosh darn it, if a girl holds more than one guy’s hand, then she’s a worthless tramp.

efritz's avatar

I have friends that are fanatical about J-pop. I don’t understand Japanese. There is perfectly good American crap to listen to, but maybe it’s a blessing I don’t understand the lyrics.

Also all of “Jesus take the wheel” by Carrie Underwood. Guh.

DrBill's avatar

Anything that is bias, slanderous to any group.

Dan_DeColumna's avatar

Meow, meow, meow, meow… meow, meow, meow, meow….



deni's avatar

i think theres a michael jackson lyric that is something like “if it itches, you must rub it” and i think thats hilarious. also, i love the song “wild world” by cat stevens but i hate the line “cause i never wanna see you sad, girl, dont be a bad girl” UGH

MagsRags's avatar

“I love you, you love me
We’re a happy family
With a great big hug
And a kiss
From me to you
Won’t you say
You love me too”
B. Dinosaur

Also “It’s getting hot in herre
So take off all your clothes..”

gailcalled's avatar

@deni; Alice Roosevelt said it first and said it better; she was the oldest daughter of Teddy and married a DC politician. When asked what her philosophy of life was, she said:

I have a simple philosophy: Fill what’s empty. Empty what’s full. Scratch where it itches.

AstroChuck's avatar

There’s a line in Do They Know It’s Christmas Time by Band Aid that always gets me. The lyric is:
And there won’t be snow in Africa this Christmastime.
Did the lyricist realize that nearly all of Africa is in the southern hemisphere? Perhaps there’s no snow in Africa because Christmas is in freakin’ Summer.

aprilsimnel's avatar

OH! Almost forgot. My beloved John. The Walrus himself.

But, me no likey:

“Man, you been a naughty boy, you let your face grow long.” Well, what?
“Boy, you been a naughty girl you let your knickers down.” So? Wot’s it to you, mate?

Thank you for the platform to get this out of my system.

DeanV's avatar

@aprilsimnel I can’t really question just one part pf I Am The Walrus, myself. That entire song is so messed up I can’t really pull just 2 or 3 lines out of it.

A few I really dislike are the opening lines to Unfinished Business by White Lies.
“Just give me a second darling
To clear my head
Just put down those scissors baby, on this single bed”

Scissors? Really? I like the song, but I never listened to it for the longest time because I would hear those first few lines, cringe, and skip the song.

MrsDufresne's avatar

The entire song Discipline by Janet Jackson makes me want to hurl. A lot.

tinyfaery's avatar

Green Day’s Basket Case: “Do you have the time to listen to me whine”. I always say no and then change the song.

evandad's avatar

The Barney Song.

DrasticDreamer's avatar

The entire song “Don’t Trust Me” by 3OH!3 really bothers me, but there are two specific lines that I thought were horrible:

“Shush girl, shut your lips
Do the Helen Keller and talk with your hips”


DominicX's avatar



You’d think I would like that kind of music, but not at all. Can’t stand that song. I never want to hear it again in my life. :) “Crunkcore” is a joke of a genre.

Les's avatar

@DrasticDreamer – When I first heard that song, no one believed me when I told them what the lyrics were. Bad, bad lyrics.

ella's avatar

i had to look these lyrics up, because i really had no idea what the hell she is saying. but the girl that sits behind me at work listens to this song every day and it makes me want to pierce own my eardrums just to make it stop…

“Rah rah ah ah ah ah!
Want your bad romance..

I want your ugly,
I want your disease,
I want your everything,
As long as it’s free.”

WTF?! how in the world was this one of the #1 songs of 2009?! Just goes to further my beliefs that the masses, as a whole, are stupid..

belakyre's avatar

I’d say Metallica’s lyrics can be a little disturbing…

Steve_A's avatar

@belakyre In what way, like a bad way, or they are literally disturbing to you?

benjaminlevi's avatar

@DrasticDreamer Is it too soon to be making helen keller jokes?

Jude's avatar

Jethro Tull – Aqualung

(these lyrics)

Sitting on a park bench,
eyeing little girls with bad intent.


Great song, though.

mammal's avatar

`We Didn’t Start the Fire’ and `Rule Britannia!
Britannia rule the waves. Britons never, never, never shall be slave’

mammal's avatar

The Taliban Song”

“I’m just a middle-aged, middle-eastern camel herdin’ man
I got a little, 2 bedroom cave here in North Afghanistan
Things used to be real nice and they got out of hand when they moved in
They call themselves the Taliban
(ooooo yeah the taliban) (taliban baby)

Now I ain’t seen my wife’s face since they came here
They make her wear a scarf over her head that covers her from ear to ear
She loves the desert and the hot white sand
But man she’s just like me, nah she can’t stand
The Taliban (ooo taliban baby)

You know someday soon we’re both gonna saddle up and it’ll be
Ride Camel Ride
My old lady she’ll be here with me, smilin right by my side
We should do just fine out around Palestine or maybe Turkmenistan
We’ll bid a fair adieu and flip the finger to the Taliban
(oh yeah the taliban) (baby)

I know where you comin from brother!
This is a patriotic love song
So y’all feel free to salute if you want,
You got my permission.

Now they attacked New York City cause they thought they could win
Said they would, stand and fight until the very bloody end
Mr Bush got on the phone with Iraq and Iran and said “Now, you
sons-of-bitches you better not be doin any business with the taliban”
(Taliban baby)

So we prayed to Allah with all of our might
Until those big U.S. jets came flyin one night
They dropped little bombs all over their holy land
And man you should have seen em run like rabbits, they ran
(the taliban)

Toby Keith should stick to what he’s good at – Infantile songs about beer, horses and Women.

Adagio's avatar

@jmah Aqualung yeah, fantastic song. I never think of the lyrics, imagining them to have been written in a drug-induced fug, I’ve heard the lyrics so often they have simply become so much a part of the song, part of the era, and I love the song, takes me back to the 1970s when Ian Anderson and his flute and Jethro Tull were having their heyday.

monocle's avatar

Corba Starship- Hot Mess

“and I’m like hot damn let me make you my boo”

My friends listens to crap song all the time. I always pretend that I’m spilling invisible coffee, getting burned, and struggling to clean it up… until he changes the song.

“You’re so vain you, I bet you think this song is about you. Don’t you?”

Apparently if they realize the song is about them, which it obviously is, it proves that they’re vain. Got it.

My eye twitches whenever I hear that song. The worst part is “So hurry home to your mama
I’m sure she wonders where you are.” D:

DominicX's avatar

“Your lipstick stains
On the front lobe of my left side brains”

I love “Hey Soul Sister”, but that line blows.


mammal's avatar

`Onward Christian Soldiers…..blah blah’

Snarp's avatar

@mammal That reminds me of some other lyrics I hate: “Our god is an awesome god…” and everything that follows, really.

benseven's avatar

@Snarp Yeah, really bums me out when people who don’t believe in nothing go about their own business too.

Doesn’t everyone have the freedom to believe what they want, sing what they want? What’s the point in hating it? Just because you don’t agree with it doesn’t make it wrong, or your business to comment on it.

Enough with the Christian-bashing already.

tinyfaery's avatar

If you “don’t believe in nothing” then you believe in something.

Snarp's avatar

@benseven I don’t like the lyrics, I think they’re trite, corny, hokey, and annoying. Worse yet I spent enough time in a Southern Baptist Church youth group that when I hear it it gets stuck in my head. It’s no different from my dislike of many secular songs. There are plenty of songs with Christian lyrics and themes that I do like. I hear the song, I don’t like it, just like other songs I occasionally hear that I don’t like. It’s not Christian bashing. I’m not coming to your church complaining about it or telling you not to sing it.

Snarp's avatar

Also, for the record, I dislike the lyrics “Onward Christian soldiers” as well because they tend to encourage a militaristic, violent theology that I believe is entirely antithetical to the teachings of Jesus. The same kind of theology that leads some soldiers and heads of mercenary companies and perhaps presidents to think that they are Christian crusaders on a holy war against Muslims.

DominicX's avatar


So people aren’t allowed to have an opinion? If they don’t agree with it, they should just shut up and not comment on it?

Um, no, that’s not how it works.

shpadoinkle_sue's avatar

The Sex Pistols, Anarchy In The U.K. – I am an anarchist, I am an antichrist. It just kinda bugs me.

birdland33's avatar

Sending out an SOS.

I got it after the first time you said it…the second was not too bad…the third time, starting to get on my nerves. 24 flippin’ times!!!!! Are you kidding me?

That is closely rivaled by “I’m gonna rock and roll all night, and party every day”—the studio version, of course.

KatawaGrey's avatar

@birdland33: The first time I heard that song, I thought the DJ had gotten up and gone to the bathroom and that the CD was skipping. :)

diavolobella's avatar

“My Neck, My Back” by Khia. Most. Disgusting. Song. Ever.

cockswain's avatar

Pretty sure the song is called Poker Face. I know it’s by Lady Gaga. There’s some point in the song when she starts going:


Or something like that. Hard to say.

peridot's avatar

Argh, so many shining examples out there to choose from…

“You make a dead man cum”—“Start Me Up”, Rolling Stones. Granted, it’s imaginitive. Unfortunately, I have a very visual imagination. shudder

Any lyric that is incessantly repeated. You’re not being “artistic”, singer—you’re being an arse.

Any lyric that is incessantly repeated. You’re not being “artistic”, singer—you’re being an arse.

Any lyric that is incessantly repeated. You’re not being “artistic”, singer—you’re being an arse.

Any lyric that is incessantly repeated. You’re not being “artistic”, singer—you’re being an arse.

Any lyric that is incessantly repeated. You’re not being “artistic”, singer—you’re being an arse.

Any lyric that is incessantly repeated. You’re not being “artistic”, singer—you’re being an arse.


El_Cadejo's avatar

Thou shalt not make generic repetitive music
Thou shalt not make generic repetitive music
Thou shalt not make generic repetitive music
Thou shalt not make generic repetitive music

emeraldisles's avatar

the lyrics of love the way you lie by eminem. He’s condoning using violence to keeep someone you love.

linguaphile's avatar

The lyrics from “Get Low” by Li’l Jon and the East Side Boyz. “Until the sweat drips from my…???!!!” How revolting, degrading and uncouth.

Trojans40's avatar

Friday- R.Black
Worst Lyrics, with the Worst. WORST VOICE.

GabrielsLamb's avatar

@KatawaGrey There was actually a purpose for that seemingly misplaced lyric… The commonly assumed rhyme should have been as a natural process the word… D*ck.

Chest was just a clever replacement word that alludes to the meaning as a kind of quirky replacement that wouldn’t get it banned from every radio station in the country.

Sometimes when dealing with censorship of expression, artists have to be clever and leave it up to the audience to “get it”

GabrielsLamb's avatar

@shpadoinkle_sue That was kinda the point my dear… It’s punk! iT WAS SUPPOSED to “Bug” people. Specificaly the people who might be “Bugged” by it… so it obviously served its purpose


GabrielsLamb's avatar

For me, lots of songs annoy me, make me cry, hurt, feel, and alter my moods greatly. For me music is a very tactile sensory experience. I get very lost in lyrics, beats and sentiments and emotions.

It gets me into trouble sometimes too as I tend to impress that upon mood and intent naturally. it bothers me how some people in knowing that about me, still don’t approach with caution implied in at all giving a sh*t about my feelings concerning it.

kitchi1's avatar


I llove the song Imagine. It doesn’t really bother me that he said One twice. He didn’t really ryhme it though. He just said it twice.

My friend used to play this song for me on his keyboard. I’m learning it on flute.

Strauss's avatar

The two songs whose lyrics bother me the most are “Suicide is Painless” (theme from M*A*S*H) and “Alone Again, Naturally”, by Gilbert O’Sullivan. Both are catchy upbeat tunes, but the lyrics are suicidal and morbid.

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