Gavin Paul


Lyricapsule: Fats Domino, the Riot Inciter; May 22, 1955

Antoine Dominique “Fats” Domino Jr., the roly-poly post-war, ivory-tinkling rock legend, arrived at the Ritz ballroom in Bridgeport, Connecticut on this day back in 1955 to find that police shut the man’s scheduled show down. […]

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Lyricapsule: Neil Young Records ‘Ohio’ With CSNY; May 21, 1970

Neil Young went into the studio on this day in 1970 with David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, 17 days after four unarmed, peacefully protesting students at Kent State University were shot and killed […]

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Uptown Jesus Funk: A Catholic School Plays Holy Lyric Mad Libs

‘Cause Jesus Christ can give it to ya A sister outed her Catholic school-attending sibling on Monday via Twitter, posting images of a holier-than-though version of Mark Ronson‘s blockbuster jam, “Uptown Funk,” with all of Bruno […]

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Lyricapsule: RIP Ian Curtis; May 18, 1980

Post-punk poster boy Ian Curtis took his life on this day back in 1980, halting the momentum of Joy Division‘s first American tour, of which the band was set to embark on the following day. Curtis’ […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume XX

Sylvan Esso lose themselves (and their limbs) on the strobing lyric lights of the dance floor, Incubus‘ Brandon Boyd wants to make out with y’all and his spirograph imagery and slippery fingers, Major Lazer gives old-school […]

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Lyricapsule: Lewis & Clark Head West; May 14, 1804

Lewis & Clark took off from St. Louis on this day in 1804, embarking on the head-west journey of all journeys west to study, catalogue and map unknown ‘murrica. ‘Dudes put the Rocky Mountains on […]

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Adam Sandler Pays Homage to David Letterman

As David Letterman makes like Jay Leno and bows out of his iconic Late Night slot to pass the torch to Stephen Colbert, and the marquee guests flock to say their goodbyes before his May […]

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Lyricapsule: Battle of the Sexes; May 13, 1973

The first of three chest-puffing tennis matches that became one of the main veins leading to the heart of second-wave feminism began on this day in 1973, coincidentally on Mother’s Day. Dubbed the Battle of […]

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Lyricapsule: Marley is Taken From Us; May 11, 1981

Cancer took Bob Marley from the world on this day back in 1981. The reggae legend was 36-years-young. As with most of Marley’s tunes, their pliability was what made them classics, rife with religious plugs, but presented […]

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Lyricapsule: Dylan Creates the Lyric Video; May 8, 1965

Written on shirt cardboards from a laundromat, wily Dylan, in his “give the anarchist a cigarette” Bringing It All Back Home prime, flipped a stack full of lyric cue cards for “Subterranean Homesick Blues” for […]

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About Gavin Paul

Gavin Paul is SONGLYRICS' Editor-in-Chief. Chicago-bred, New York-sculpted, his words and ideas have appeared in publications ranging from Spin and Rolling Stone to The Chicago Sun-Times and Arborist News.