If learners are interested, the song can be replayed and sung. For fun, they can try to sing the correct new versions of the texts, which probably don`t fit inside, or even think about how they can transform the whole line to make it with the melody. I love this song, but “I Gotta Feeling:” is simply wrong. The songwriter must have been in English class. Why is that so? For a listener who is not at a very advanced level of English grammar, in songs can perform perfectly. To be fair, many songs do not contain grammatical errors, but there are still many – often big hits – with poor grammar that can be very difficult and confusing for learners. Therefore, grammatical error-based activities certainly deserve to be dealt with in English class. The frequency of grammatical errors in songs is caused by several reasons – sometimes texts simply have to match rhyme or melody, but they are often intentionally incorporated into the text to make them more natural or cooler. One way or another, texts could have a bad influence on non-native speakers, who take the accuracy of grammar in songs and unconsciously take the wrong forms and use them in practice.
Therefore, teachers should present such songs in the classroom and report errors. But like almost everything, there are drawbacks. For example, learners may lose confidence in the grammatical rules they learn at school, or perhaps even worse, their respect for them if they discover that it may be acceptable to break them. This is why this phenomenon should be supported by additional information on the situations in which it is really acceptable and on the difference it makes in terms of communication. What did Bob Dylan think in the song “Lay Lady Lay” when he invited his lady to “sleep” with her “big brass bed”? Surely Bob Dylan knew the rule? They`re on a surface. (inextraite) You place a person or thing on a surface. (transit) Or maybe not? Spelling is a nightmare for most British and American students, and it`s not without reason. Often, the pronunciation of words in English does not correspond to the way they are written. It is no coincidence that some artists have even fallen into this error. The problem is that generations of students have memorized bad spelling, all because of a song.
We recommend you memorize these songs, but don`t forget the rule! I didn`t want to comment on the song “The Way I Are”, yes, people talk like that all the time. That year, when I taught in kindergarten, I felt like I was correcting the grammar as often as I reoriented behavior. You would be horrified if you heard about what I hear every day. The sad thing is that as long as the musicians continue to slaughter the English language, children will continue to think that they should speak like this. @Nik — you`re quite right, of course. I blogged about this one; if you`re interested, google only “Why I think the snow patrol has it on the spot”. What is curious is that foreign students have no problem with this one – “Lay /Lie” seems to be a specific problem of mother tongue. In fact, it`s not about grammar, it`s about meaning. The written sentence means: “If he really loves you more than [he] loves me.” Replacing “I” with “I” implies another exuberant verb and a different meaning: “If he really loves you more than I do.” I don`t know this song, so I can`t say what`s right. Here are some other culprits of it: (I`m not going to indicate where the errors are. I hope they are obvious.) I really enjoyed this list, so, Mr. Authorman, thank you very much.
Fun fact: I found this page looking to find out if the queen texts were really wrong or if I don`t know anything of a rule or an exception.