Beatles grammar error

I have been listening a Beatles song, and John says:

" she’s got a ticket to ride,
but she don’t care. "

I think that is wrong, and should say:


Surely you will can help me !

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You are correct, but:

  • It wouldn’t scan if it was ‘doesn’t’
  • The very fact that it is ungrammatical makes ‘don’t’ sound stronger than ‘doesn’t’

In this case “don’t” is just a colloquial term for “doesn’t”. Someone correct me if I’m wrong…

Yes: “he / she / it don’t care”, is a regional or colloquial variation, it’s not standard, but you’d hear often enough in conversation.

I write ‘doesn’t’ … but say ‘don’t’

but then I say ‘us’ when I mean ‘me’. ‘Give it us’, instead of ‘give it to me’.

Thanks everybody!

Here are a few other songs with BAD–oops Poor–grammar:

– “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” by The Rolling Stones – should be “i cant get any satisfaction”

– “Who You Gonna Call? (Ghostbusters)” – should be “Whom Are You Going to Call?”

– What’s Love Got To Do With It?" by Tina Turner – should be “What’s Love Have to Do with It?”

And don’t get me started on Justin Bieber.

Well back to LingQing.


Well…If you think music from the 60s and 70s has bad grammar… you will be horrified by today’s American music


I once heard an American rap song which contained the line “we was humpin”; I can remember thinking: ‘no, no, surely they mean “we were humping”??’ :smiley:

Yeah usage of ‘don’t’ is correct. Its not standard validation but normally in conversation ‘don’t’ is used.