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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: John Wayne Gacy, Jr. is Executed; May 10, 1994

We made a mention of the day police moved in on John Wayne Gacy Jr.’s horror house back in December of 2011. But today marks the day that Illinois decided to execute the notorious serial killer back […]

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Lyricapsule: L. Ron Hubbard Publishes Dianetics; May 9, 1950

L. Ron Hubbard; Photo: N/A L. Ron, a.k.a. Lafayette Ronald Hubbard, tired of penning science fiction novels, took a stab at psychology on this day back in 1950, publishing Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume‎ XVIII

Upstart synth-pop kids, Gunship, masterfully montage every 80s film worth a VHS tape, Lady Gaga dispatches a kaleidoscopic puzzle from a satin wind-tunnel, Shabazz Palaces take a space gangster tale and kill it softly with a little […]

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LCD Soundsystem Return with Familiar Old Rocker Dude Angst, and Politics

The cover art for LCD Soundsystem’s two new singles; Photo: Columbia The scar from all that break-up jibber-jabber finally starting to fade from 2011, as James Murphy waited like the mere life-span of a toddler […]

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Lyricapsule: Dylan & Cash Duet on ‘Girl From the North Country’; May 1, 1969

Kicking off its 58-episode run, The Johnny Cash Show taped its first performances on this day in 1969, featuring Joni Mitchell, Doug Kershaw and Bob Dylan, the latter of which joining the “Man in Black” on […]

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Lyricapsule: Ella Fitzgerald is Born; April 25, 1917

The “First Lady of Song,” jazz icon Ella Fitzgerald, would have been 100 today. And though she wasn’t immediately known for her songwriting credits, especially lyrics, often spinning her vocal magic on compositions written for her, a […]

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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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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.