Student or Learner
Well, Today I was listening to the Beatles. The song "Ticket to ride" they sing "She's got a ticket to ride, but she don't care" I was wondering, shouldn't it be she doesn't care?
Or this is just for the rythme? because "She doesn't care" might not go with the song?
***Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.***
"S/he don't..." is very common for songs.
I'm sure you will hear it many times.
(Of course this doesn't make it correct, though. )
Big thanks, that helps a lot.
"It Don't Come Easy" should properly have been "It Doesn't Come Easy". But (as I've told my students many times) while song lyrics can be a pleasant/easy way of learning English words, they are not necessarily the place to learn proper grammar. Song writers not only abuse the rules of grammar and sentence structure when composing a tune, they'll also make up words or implausible situations, all in the name of creativity. My 86-year-old Dad is a huge Neil Diamond fan, so two of Neil's tunes immediately come to my mind as examples:
From "Play Me":
Song she sang to me
Song she brang to me
Words that rang in me
Rhyme that sprang from me
Warmed the night
And what was right
Became me .
"Brang" is NOT an English word. And the proper past tense of "spring" is "sprung".... But it fit his rhyming pattern, so what the heck.
While we're on the topic of Neil Diamond, I must present my personal bęte noire when it comes to his lyrics...from the classic "I Am, I Said":
"I am," I said
To no one there
An no one heard at all
Not even the chair.
The chair didn't hear him? Does Mr. Diamond have unusually intelligent furniture?! I can't recall any occasion when my La-Z-Boy ever cautioned me "Whoah, I heard that!"
"I'm walking on sunshine...
And don't it feel good!"
is another offender.
Mind you, the old John Leyton song Son, this is she may be on pedants' playlists, but I think would have sounded better if he had been less hidebound with his grammar.