Gavin Paul


Man Who Went to Jail for Posting Metal Band Lyrics Sues Police

Back in the fall of last year we picked up the story of 31-year-old Kentucky citizen, James Evans, who went to jail for eight days for posting lyrics of thrash metal crew Exodus‘ song, “Class Dismissed (A […]

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Lyricapsule: The Stones Begin Their ‘Satisfaction’ Quest; May 6, 1965

Kooky brit-rock poster child Keith Richards awoke from a slumber on this day in 1965, mid-US tour, and fumbled out the iconic riff for The Rolling Stones “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” telling his bandmates he couldn’t get any, […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume XVIII

Ghostface Killah gives more love to his comic nerd heart, Mimi breaks out the purple cosmos and rainbows to get her Vegas strut on, New Jersey punks Titus Andronicus white-board an anarchistic teaser to tease some […]

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Lyricapsule: LA Riots Inspire Myriad Songs; April 29, 1992

It seems like an afterthought compared to the ugliness that’s happening in Baltimore and a bevy of contentious cases recently cracking wide open the divide between white cops and black citizens, but when all four […]

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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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Lyricapsule: Shakespeare is Born; April 23, 1564

Today marking the anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, and hypothetically his birth – that would suck to die on your birthday, eh? – we’re going to plug a tieback to the countless number […]

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Dylan Lyrics Read at Israel Memorial Day Ceremony Incite Outrage

Final verse of Bob Dylan’s “Masters of War:”  Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day for fallen soldiers, landed on Tuesday, April 22 this year, commemorated across the country as it usually is in myriad ways, from […]

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Lyricapsule: The Troggs Drop ‘Wild Thing’; April 22, 1966

Trumping The Kingsmen‘s FBI-monitiered garage-rock swagger a year earlier, a working-class British crew called The Troggs just learning to play their instruments took Chip Taylor‘s girl-across-the-room chug-a-lug eye-winker, “Wild Thing,” and did things to it punk […]

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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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Lyricapsule: The Band Become the Band; April 17, 1969

On this day back in 1969, The Band played their first live show as an independent band at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom, terrified, reportedly – guitarist Robbie Robertson socked with a 103-degree fever — but hot off the buzz train from a world tour […]

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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.