One of the secretaries at my work listens to a Top 40s radio station every day. There are these two songs that are played constantly these days. Both have blatant grammatical problems in their choruses:
1. From Alicia Keys and Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind": "New York! Concrete jungle where dreams are made of!" What on earth does that even mean? What is she trying to say?
2. From Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance": "You and me could write a bad romance." Well, obviously. Maybe "you" and "I" could write a better one.
Am I too picky to expect better grammar from a world where everyone who titles a song with "you" actually uses "u" instead?
And then when I asked cash via e-mail if I could post this on my blog, she also brought up another song that really hurts my grammatical ears (not that they are fine-tuned or anything) when I hear it. We can thank Paul McCartney for this one: "But if this ever-changing world in which we live in..." In which we live in? Aaaaah! Seriously, it hurts.
No, Cash. In my opinion, you are not too picky to expect a song-writer to write correctly. Also, I think that the problem with #1 is the same problem that I hear all over these days (especially in church). People sometimes don't think about real meanings of sayings when they use them in their conversations. They know what they mean, but it doesn't really fit the situation.
Another grammatical pet peeve I have in songs: "If I was..." or "If today was..." It's enough to lose my fanhood. Attention musicians: "Were" should be used with "if." When in doubt, think of Fiddler on the Roof. "If I were a rich man..."
Regarding "u" for "you:" probably my biggest problem with the substitution of a letter for a word is that I guess I'm too dumb sometimes to get it. On Facebook earlier today I was reading a comment, and the person substituted "y" for "why." This is a problem for me because to me "y" equals "and," not "why." And it didn't make any sense. Sometimes I confess to using a letter instead of a word, but that is generally while texting when I'm trying to be fast or trying to fit it all in one message. I guess I should be more versatile. R u thinking that, 2? Gr8!
So, how about u guys? What do u think about grammar and/or letter substitution for words?