Gavin Paul

Lyricapsule: Bill Haley Records ‘Rock Around the Clock’; April 12, 1954

Album art for the 2004 remastered pressing of ‘Rock Around the Clock’ by Bill Haley & His Comets; Photo: Geffen Per our human necessity to be definitive with the way the past has unfolded, this day […]

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MSNBC’s Brian Williams Quotes Leonard Cohen Lyric in Syrian Air Strike Coverage

Brian Williams on MSNBC covering the Syrian Air Strike (left), the late Leonard Cohen in the video for “First We Take Manhattan (right); Photo: MSNBC (left)/Sony (right) The day following Trump’s possible stock portfolio increase […]

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Lyricapsule: Baseball Has Arrived; April 5, 2016

Micky Mantle flips his batting helmet at Yankee Stadium, 1965; Photo: John Dominis//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images Baseball’s opening day arrived this past Sunday, like it has every year since the inception of the league. Though […]

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Lyricapsule: Muddy Waters is Born; April 4, 1913

The late great blues dynamo Muddy Waters would have turned 104 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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James Blunt Goes Into Rage Mode About True Meaning to ‘You’re Beautiful’

Blunt has a beautiful non-‘soft romantic fucking’ message for you; Photo: WMG/YouTube Not that this changes any of us from wanting to punch each other in the face upon hearing the first couple notes from James […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume‎ XII

Future Islands poach viral sign-language interpreter Jonathan Lamberton, a group of upstart Italian rappers dish out credit-rolling thug life at the gas station pump, Kevin Morby lets the bygone television b-roll fly on a claustrophobic new […]

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Johnny Rotten’s Massive New Songbook Started as a Lyric Clearance to Tour China

Johnny ‘Rotten’ Lydon imitating his drawing of himself for the cover of his new songbook on Conan; Photo: Conan Punk’s favorite rabble-rouser of Sex Pistols/Public Image Ltd. infamy,  Johnny “Rotten” Lydon is about to drop a […]

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So Here’s Vladimir Putin Singing Radiohead’s ‘Creep’

The Putster being a ‘weirdo’; Photo: @Therealputinofficial1952 Brought to you by the era of “alternative facts” and “fake news,” the internet has blessed us with King Krule Kremlin taking on Radiohead‘s most sociopath lonerism ballad, […]

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Lyricapsule: Ringo Starr Drops ‘Back Off Boogaloo’; March 20, 1972

Testament to Ringo‘s ability to bring something to the solo table, kooky blues jam, “Back Off Boogaloo,” dropped on this day in 1972 quickly became notorious for its supposed cryptic skewerings of fellow Beatle, Paul […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume‎ XI

Neil Young calls it like he’s been seeing it since Mother Nature began to be on the run, a Christian husband-and-wife duo take on the Syrian refugee crisis, Blink-182 pay homage to suburbia and more […]

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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.