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My baby don't care

FrankFrank ModeratorPosts: 6,351 mod
edited December 2014 in A Question of English
When I listen to The Beatles’ song ‘Ticket To Ride’, I hear them sing: ‘She don’t care’ and ‘my baby don’t care’. If I would have said that at my oral examination at high school, the teacher would certainly have said this was wrong. I should have said: ‘She doesn’t care’ and ‘my baby doesn’t care’.

Is ‘my baby don’t care’ a kind of Liverpool slang or is this just a kind of poetic license in pop music?

Are there other examples where erroneous grammar is being used in everyday life, in films or in music?


  • LynneLynne Teach HomePosts: 9,834 mod
    edited December 2014
    There are so many examples!

    Some use it because it fits the song:-

    But quite often it's sloppy and clumsy, or just trying to sound "street".

    I can't believe I'm posting this!

    Some of the worst lyrics ever written.

    Another example is "ain't". Here it is used well:-

  • FrankFrank Moderator Posts: 6,351 mod
    Wow a six-page answer!

    My baby don't care for shows - My baby don't care for clothes
    Love don’t live here anymore
    He don’t love you like I love you
    She don’t like the lights
    Ain't no sunshine when she’s gone

    These phrases really sound odd!
    Are these just expressions in songs or do people talk that way in everyday life too @Lynne?
  • LynneLynne Teach HomePosts: 9,834 mod
  • SLBSLB Posts: 1,289 ✭✭✭✭
    It's like using was instead of were: perfectly acceptable, right?
  • LynneLynne Teach HomePosts: 9,834 mod
    It depends, @SLB. I wouldn't use it in a presentation, or job interview. :)
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