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    Some US-UK songs

    Hi guys, I've heard the song Rhythm of the rain - Cascada and I saw the lyrics ".. For her to steal my heart away when she don't care .." Why don't they use "she doesn't" and is this a mistake in common English or just in the songs to suit the melodies, the same thing with the song "Story of my life - One Direction" the lyrics are "She told me in the morning she don't feel the same about us in her bones". Can somebody explain to me please. Thank you !
    Sorry for my bad English as this is the first time I post a question :)

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    Re: Some US-UK songs

    ... and one more from Ticket To Ride (The Beatles): http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.n...256BC2001340AF

    Well, don't expect grammatical English from song lyrics.
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    #3

    Re: Some US-UK songs

    Thanks, I'm really glad to hear it :))
    This website is also very useful.

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    Re: Some US-UK songs

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    This is one of my favorite songs -- sad, yet hopeful. Grammar in question is at :52.




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    #5

    Re: Some US-UK songs

    It is not just found in songs. Some people make this type of mistake.

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    Re: Some US-UK songs

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    It is not just found in songs. Some people make this type of mistake.
    That's why some singers do it: to sound like the people who make those mistakes. Other singers do it because they ARE the people who make those mistakes.

    A lot of singers and songwriters want to sound colloquial and down-to-earth - not wealthy, elitist, or high-brow. Using don't instead of doesn't is common working-class, non-standard usage - at least here in the U.S. (Some British singers try to sound like they're from the southern U.S.)

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    Re: Some US-UK songs

    In this case, I suspect "don't" was used because it is one syllable and "doesn't" has two syllables. Two syllables would disrupt the meter of that line in the song. For many song writers, meter and rhyme trump grammar.

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    #8

    Re: Some US-UK songs

    I totally agree.



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    Re: Some US-UK songs

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    For many song writers, meter and rhyme trump grammar.
    As they should in songs.

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