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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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The Ice Cream Truck Theme’s Racist Past

The near ubiquitous theme adopted by slow-rolling white vans serving cool treats across America, according to a brow-furrowing NPR dig, has roots in a very racist, early 1900s song called “Nigger Loves a Watermelon Ha! […]

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Lyricapsule: Battle of the Sexes; May 13, 1973

The first of three chest-puffing tennis matches that became one of the main veins leading to the heart of second-wave feminism began on this day in 1973, coincidentally on Mother’s Day. Dubbed the Battle of […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume XIX

Johnny Cash gets Lifetime drama strung, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart carry the full lyric album torch with simple, beautiful design, Matisyahu‘s back with a car metaphor, and more, in our weekly coverage of all things lyric video evolution. […]

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Lyricapsule: Dylan Creates the Lyric Video; May 8, 1965

Written on shirt cardboards from a laundromat, wily Dylan, in his “give the anarchist a cigarette” Bringing It All Back Home prime, flipped a stack full of lyric cue cards for “Subterranean Homesick Blues” for […]

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Monica Lewinsky to Beyoncé: ‘I think You Meant ‘Bill Clinton’d All on my Gown’

Billy Clinton’s favorite intern, Monica Lewinsky, not only wants to ‘take back her narrative’ and “burn the beret and bury the blue dress,” as unveiled in a silence-breaking Vanity Fair piece published this week, but […]

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Pearls Before Swine Drop Morse Code F-Bombs; May 7, 1967

Part of that wonderfully dark corner of the 60s folk movement that wasn’t afraid to mess with society’s flower-power whoring of the genre, Floridian college drop-out Tom Rapp and his marry band of iconoclasts, Pearls […]

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Like a Hammering Gavel: Handwritten Dylan Lyrics Head to Auction

As part of a collection Sotheby’s in New York is dubbing A Rock & Roll History: Presley to Punk, the Magna Carta of rock lyrics, Bob Dylan‘s “Like a Rolling Stone,” will be auctioned off in their original handwritten […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume XVIII

Macca‘s lyric people, Robyn and Royksopp‘s kaleidoscope ex-banger – literally and figuratively - Ariana Grande‘s seductive shadow problems and more in Week 17 of lyrics’ ongoing reach to dazzle both your eyeballs and your ears. People, lyric […]

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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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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.