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Lyricapsule: John & Yoko Sing ‘Give Peace a Chance’; June 1, 1969

“This is an alternative to violence: stay in bed and grow your hair.” One of the many perfectly momentous quotes from John Lennon, sitting beside Yoko Ono during their infamous non-violent protest on this day […]

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Lyricapsule: Jeff Buckley Drowns; May 29, 1997

Singer-songwriter lionheart Jeff Buckley was only 30-years-young when he accidentally drowned mid-swim in the Wolf River near Memphis, Tennessee on this day in 1997. According to a roadie that was with him at the time, he […]

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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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Snoop D-O-Double-♀♀ Talks Misogynistic Lyrics of Past

“Bitches ain’t shit but hoes and tricks,” a 21-year-old Snoop once said, now immortalized forever in Dr. Dre‘s landmark G-funk drop, The Chronic, in 1992. Since then, we’ve seen the hip-hop icon dabble in porn, get acquitted of […]

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Lyricapsule: Fats Domino, the Riot Inciter; May 22, 1955

Antoine Dominique “Fats” Domino Jr., the roly-poly post-war, ivory-tinkling rock legend, arrived at the Ritz ballroom in Bridgeport, Connecticut on this day back in 1955 to find that police shut the man’s scheduled show down. […]

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Lyricapsule: Neil Young Records ‘Ohio’ With CSNY; May 21, 1970

Neil Young went into the studio on this day in 1970 with David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, 17 days after four unarmed, peacefully protesting students at Kent State University were shot and killed […]

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Uptown Jesus Funk: A Catholic School Plays Holy Lyric Mad Libs

‘Cause Jesus Christ can give it to ya A sister outed her Catholic school-attending sibling on Monday via Twitter, posting images of a holier-than-though version of Mark Ronson‘s blockbuster jam, “Uptown Funk,” with all of Bruno […]

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Lyricapsule: RIP Ian Curtis; May 18, 1980

Post-punk poster boy Ian Curtis took his life on this day back in 1980, halting the momentum of Joy Division‘s first American tour, of which the band was set to embark on the following day. Curtis’ […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume XX

Sylvan Esso lose themselves (and their limbs) on the strobing lyric lights of the dance floor, Incubus‘ Brandon Boyd wants to make out with y’all and his spirograph imagery and slippery fingers, Major Lazer gives old-school […]

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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' 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.