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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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume‎ XVI

New Def Jam starlet, Brenda Mada, throws a good ol’ fashion underage rager, country star Ron Pope shows up a day after 4/20 with a celebration of doobage, The Zombies bring their jail pen pal […]

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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

Shakira dabbles in watercolor expressions of love, some self-prescribed “UK Metalcore saviours” do not go gentle into that good parental night, Jesus and Mary Chain get attacked by a strobe light, and more in the […]

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Hamilton, Ontario Brands itself ‘Music City’, Erects Glass Lyric Towers

Creator of the lyric tower project Dave Kuruc (left), Gore Park in Hamilton, Ontario (right); Photo: John Rennison via The Hamilton Spectator (left), imgur (right) Nashville, Austin…Hamilton — so goes the ambitions of “Steeltown,” a.k.a. the “armpit […]

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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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John Prine Readies First Ever Songbook, ‘Beyond Words’

John Prine talks his new songbook up in the trailer for ‘Beyond Words’; Photo: John Prine/YouTube 70-years-young Americana legend John Prine is about to drop his first ever songbook, Beyond Words, on April 18 via his label Oh […]

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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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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.