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re: Grammar in "Left in the Dark"

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Vin 03:23 pm MST 01/26/07
In reply to: re: Grammar in "Left in the Dark" - Dr_Rock 03:15 pm MST 01/26/07

"I can't stand to see it NO more."

How about this nonsensicality:

"When the screws are tightnin'
and the tears are falling
I can hear her crying out to be saved
and like a bolt of lightning I go answer the call
BUT she's singing like a siren to me over the waves"

It always struck me that Meat sings "but" when he should be singing "because." "But" doesn't really make sense in context, its almost contradictory to the sentiment being expressed.

If memory serves (its been many years), Meat sings it the way the lyrics read, too, so its not just Meat messing up the line.

> Badly is correct if you want to say that he didn't do a
> very good job of needing her. If you want to say that he
> needed her very much then the grammatically correct way of
> saying it is that he needed her bad (e.g. see Ted Nugent's
> song "Need You Bad"). However Smeg is correct when he says
> that this can also mean he needs her to be a bad person.
> Don't you just love the English language!
> For a bonus point, can anyone spot the subtle abuse of the
> English language in the song, "I'm Gonna Love Her For Both
> of Us?"
>
> Will
>
> > Badly is correct. It describes how he needs her. If he
> > needed her bad then bad being an adjective would say that
> > he needs her to be a bad person... or a naughty person.
> > For an adverb you ask does it desc ribe the verb. How did
> > he need her? He needed her badly.
> >
> > > Listening to LitD this morning, and this line struck me:
> > >
> > > I needed you oh so badly tonight
> > >
> > > "Badly" being an adverb, doesn't this mean that the
> > > speaker is doing a poor job of "needing."
> > >
> > > Shouldn't this properly be "needed you oh so bad" ?


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