Gavin Paul


Lyricapsule: Baseball Has Arrived; April 5, 2016

Baseball’s opening day arrived this past Sunday, like it has every year since the inception of the league. Though we’d love to plug our beloved home team, we’re going to go democratic and point to […]

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Lyricapsule: Muddy Waters is Born; April 4, 1913

The late great blues dynamo Muddy Waters would have turned 103 today. Heed this sage economic and metaphorical advice from one of the masters of the weeping guitar lead on 1964 single “You Cant Lose What You Ain’t […]

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Coke Launches Another Lyric Can Campaign

No stranger to the co-option of hip-hop and now people’s names, the world beverage giant is launching another summer campaign to blast Coke cans with lyrics from a bevy of popular song from classic “Lean […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume XII

A trio of that talents amidst that crafty style of Lyric Vid that marries shitty ideology with an arty video narrative carries the major weight this week in Best Vids. Hint: one of them doesn’t […]

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Lyricapsule: The Beach Boys Drop ‘Surfin’ U.S.A.,’ Ride Tasty Waves; March 25, 1963

Its title track dropped as a single a couple weeks prior to this Spring day full LP drop in 1963, if the Beach Boys‘ sophomore LP Surfin’ U.S.A. were a metaphor for the beach-pop lifestyle’s stronghold […]

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Lyricapsule: Bob Dylan Drops ‘Bringing it All Back Home’; March 22, 1965

Bob Dylan hit record number five with Bringing It All Back Home on this day back in 1965. His first foray into electric, he both pissed off legions of folkies and blew the minds of people willing to […]

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Bowie’s ‘Jean Genie’ Lyrics Head to Auction

Here come the posthumous Bowie auctions. This one is especially capitalistic — a handwritten copy of 1972 Aladdin Sane gem “The Jean Genie,” bankrolled off previous investments at two separate sales, once in 2010 for $14k via Christie’s, […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume X

Matt Berninger keeps the El Vy train rolling with a warehousian interrogation creeper, Ben Harper breaks out the polaroids to chase a love story, Ra Ra Riot manage to resist the desire to use a […]

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Lyricapsule: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Drop ‘Déjà Vu’; March 11, 1970

The story according to Stephen Stills goes that this sophomore post-Woodstock masterpiece took 800 hours to conceive, Stills likening the process to “pulling teeth.” Chalk it up to a metaphor for the kind of work […]

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Lyricapsule: International Women’s Day; March 8

Dating back to the turn of the century, International Women’s Day (March 8) is the kind of day Valentine’s Day and Mother’s day aspire to be, celebrating the power of women across a spectrum much more vast than […]

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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.