I'll make this as quick and painless as I can, but I assure you that there will still be much wailing and gnashing of teeth. These are my top ten lyric-deficient pop or rock songs from the 1970s. I'm not so much concerned with a song's full lyrics, as I am with certain ungrammatical, syntax-sapped, or just plain stupid lines, snippets, or words that drive me crazy — always have, always will. Some of these songs are musically good songs, but not always. Some of them are otherwise lyrically fine, but not always. Since I wanted to make this as cohesive as possible, I decided to concentrate on the 70s for this first-in-a-series list, with possible future plans to go on to the 80s and 90s. Because, let's face it, there's no shortage of cringe-worthy songs, in whole or in part.
I'm thinking I'll probably get some dishonorable mentions from you, too.
10. "Horse With No Name" by America:
In the desert you can remember your name
’cause there ain’t no one for to give you no pain.
And no one for to give you no syntax tips, too, apparently. If I wanted watered-down Neil Young, I could've bought, well, Neil Young--maybe Silver & Gold or Landing On Water. If Young, though, was ever this lyrically sloppy, he would've passed it on to Crosby or Nash.
9. "Going To California" by Led Zeppelin:
Seems that the wrath of the gods
Got a punch on the nose and it started to flow;
I think I might be sinking...
I'm getting that sinking feeling myself. God is not only in the details, He's in the nasal passages, too, apparently. Furthermore, notice, absurdly, that it's the Almighty's wrath's nose--the nose of the wrath of the Almighty--getting punched. God does work in mysterious ways, indeed.
8. "Baby, Don't Get Hooked On Me" by Mac Davis:
You've been my hot lovin' woman
And it's hot where you've been touching me
And I can tell by your trembling lips
You've been seeing just a little too much of me.
Okay, okay--we don't need the play-by-play. There's a reason the 70s were called "The Me Decade." Get over yourself, Mac.