Gavin Paul


Lyricapsule: Thich Quang Duc’s Immolation; June 11, 1963

Rock and politics have always had a contentious relationship, with a massive section of minds sour at the idea of the latter being part of the former. But most can agree that the two can […]

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Lyricapsule: Joe Walsh Reflects – ‘Life’s Been Good’; June 10, 1978

Post-Bernie Leadon Eagle‘s pinch hitter, Joe Walsh, mounted his run for the best rock punchline of the 70s on this day in 1978, when his mock-ballad jam, “Life’s Been Good,” entered the Billboard Hot 100 […]

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Pastor to God via Chris Brown: ‘These hoes ain’t loyal!’

Baltimore mega-church preacher Jamal H. Bryant of the Empowerment Temple came under fire last weekend for taking a page from the Gospel According to Breezy, busting a lyric from “Loyal” really out of nowhere. Which certainly wouldn’t cause such […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume XXIII

Riff Raff spells the obvious with the obvious, Mary J. Blige lets a computer zip up what’s left of her cred, and Linkin Park surprise with the simple in Week 23 of the mighty word dance with Lady […]

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Lyricapsule: R. Kelly’s ‘Trapped in the Closet’; June 6, 2002

There’s an old literary weapon called the “Iceberg Theory” in which an artist cuts out bits of what the story is more deeply about, leaving all the fun and imagination up to the receiver of […]

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Wheel of Fortune Fail: ‘Surf Clay Were We Come’

Perhaps we could forgive “Stephen” on last night’s edition of Wheel of Fortune, should he have had to name the author of the song, “Surf City,” in which he and two other contestants raced against time […]

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Lyricapsule: Joan of Arc is Burned at the Stake; May 30, 1431

Citing the voice of God as incentive to lead the French to victory over the English during the Hundred Years War, a 19-years-young Joan of Arc was burned at the stake for heresy on this […]

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Lyricapsule: Percy Sledge Takes ‘When a Man Loves a Woman’ to No. 1; May 28, 1966

Recorded a month and some change prior without a lyric game plan, previously unknown Alabama hospital orderly, Percy Sledge, started a two-week Billboard No. 1 run on this day in 1966 with “When a Man […]

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Lyricapsule: The Beach Boys Drop ‘Pet Sounds’; May 16, 1966

One of the defining albums of the progression of rock, The Beach Boys‘ Pet Sounds dropped today in 1966, all at once signifying mastermind Brian Wilson’s decent into his own mind hell whilst raising the orchestral bar for […]

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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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About Gavin Paul

Gavin Paul is SONGLYRICS' resident Content Guru. 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.