Gavin Paul


Eddie Vedder Poached for Obama’s Farewell Address, Rehearses ‘Rise’ [Watch]

It’s long no secret that no one of considerable class and sanity in the music and art world wants to have anything to do with Trump’s inauguration ceremony. Meanwhile, Obama had a farewell party for […]

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Lyricapsule: Zeppelin Fans Break the Led Out on the Boston Garden; January 6, 1975

Pissed off that they couldn’t buy their tickets sooner, upwards of 2,000 Bostonians lineup up outside of the Boston Garden on this day in 1975 went all Murphy’s Law on the arena, busting into the […]

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Lyricapsule: Barbershop Standard ‘Sweet Adeline’ is Born; December 27, 1903

‘Kicked around for eight years‘ with roaming titles — “You’re the Flower of My Heart,” “Sweet Rosalie” — the iconic barbershop lovers’ lament standard that became known as “Sweet Adeline,” in its instrumental form, was […]

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SONGLYRICS Presents: The Top 15 Lyric Videos of 2016

As with last year’s contenders, we’re in a new era of the lyric video as a new art medium. There was no genius Bob Dylan, channel-flipping “Like a Rolling Stone” entry this year, but from Canada […]

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Lyricapsule: Carl Perkins Records ‘Blue Suede Shoes’; December 19, 1955

“Lay off a them shoes,” you jive turkey — so paraphrased rock ‘n roll prince Carl Perkins on this day in 1955 at Sun Studios. Story goes that Johnny Cash, months earlier, wouldn’t shut up […]

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Lyricapsule: John & Yoko Launch ‘War is Over’ Poster Campaign; December 15, 1969

“So this is Christmas/and what have you done/another year over/and a new one just begun,” sings the immortal John Lennon with Yoko Ono on their 1971 single about the Vietnam War, “Happy Xmas (War is […]

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Baby It’s ‘Consensual’ Outside: Classic XMas Duet Gets Contentious Update

A Minnesota couple has taken it upon themselves to give a consensual update to Frank Loesser‘s “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” and people are divided like it’s 2016. You know, that classic call-and-response parlor room piano number where […]

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Lyricapsule: Jimi Hendrix Records ‘Foxy Lady’; December 13, 1966

Further immortalized with a Wayne’s World nerdcore pelvic thrust 30 years later, Hendrix‘s purported only happy song he’s ever recorded, “Foxy Lady,” was cut on this day in 1966, a year shy of his debut record, Are […]

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Lyricapsule: The Righteous Brothers’ ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ Hits Charts; December 12, 1964

5,000 more pairs of boots were sent to Vietnam while MLK was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his Civil Rights efforts, the Beatles invaded and Bob Dylan got ’em high for the first time — another […]

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Fiona Apple Roasts ‘Trump’s Nuts’ Over an Open Fire

Ever the endearing iconoclast, Fiona Apple dispatched from her Tumblr account earlier this week with a festive roast of everybody’s favorite new President Elect. Camera perched comically Blair Witch–ian from below, Apple rearranged the lyrics […]

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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.