Gavin Paul

Lyricapsule: John & Yoko Drop ‘Woman is the Nigger of the World’; April 24, 1972

The first single, “Woman is the Nigger of the World,” from John Lennon‘s third solo album, Sometime in New York City, was released on this day in 1972, arguably just as controversial a title as it […]

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Lyricapsule: The ‘Waldos’ Birth 420 Stoner Lore; April 20, 1971

If the teenage “Waldos” burnouts from San Rafeal, California in 1971 knew that their code time to meet-and-search for an abandoned pot crop would become stoner celebratory law whenever 420 sequentially came together in this waking world […]

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Lyricapsule: Patti Smith Drops ‘Because the Night’; April 19, 1978

Dropped on this day in 1978, post-punkette icon Patti Smith saw a huge awareness spike in the art she was creating with the release of “Because the Night.” Considering a retirement from the performance end […]

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Lyricapsule: Pixies Drop ‘Doolittle’; April 18, 1989

One of the core albums responsible for ushering in an era of frenetic indie rock millennials are still pissed off they weren’t born a few years earlier for, Kurt Cobain‘s loud-quiet idols, the Pixies, dropped Doolittle on […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume XV

Nicki Minaj comes out of the woodwork swinging at Cardi B from her new Barbie house digs, Nashville’s Erin Rae Sunday-morning strolls endlessly across a window pane on a self-reflection mission, a Pro Era collective offshoot […]

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Lyricapsule: Butch Cassidy is Born; April 13, 1866

Butch Cassidy’s mugshot in 1894 at 28-years-young; Photo: N/A The last of the Wild West outlaws, Butch Cassidy, was born on this day in 1866, capturing a piece of the American Dream with a lifetime […]

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Lyricapsule: Bill Haley Records ‘Rock Around the Clock’; April 12, 1954

Album art for the 2004 remastered pressing of ‘Rock Around the Clock’ by Bill Haley & His Comets; Photo: Geffen Per our human necessity to be definitive with the way the past has unfolded, this day […]

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Fan Mines Taylor Swift Lyrics, Re-ups Booze Conspiracy Theory

Taylor Swift drinks a beer at a New York Knicks game; Photo: Clever News/YouTube When Taylor Swift dropped her sixth record, Reputation, back in the fall of 2017, a few people were quick to note all […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume XIV

John Prine waxes on what God may or may not know as twilight landscape America rolls by, MØ digs into the family photo archive for love, Azealia Banks returns to hip-hop-breakbeat fusion form finer than a Saturday morning […]

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Lyricapsule: Muddy Waters is Born; April 4, 1913

The late great blues dynamo Muddy Waters would have turned 105 today. Heed this sage economic and metaphorical advice from one of the masters of the weeping guitar lead on 1964 single “You Can’t Lose What You Ain’t […]

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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.