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Waxing Moronic: 10 Wrong Facts From Song Lyrics


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'Man Down' by Rihanna
Singer Rihanna performs at the 12th Mawazine World Rhythms international music festival on May 24, 2013. Rihanna, in fact, could not have been somebody's son. © Youssef Boudlal/Reuters/Corbis
Singer Rihanna performs at the 12th Mawazine World Rhythms international music festival on May 24, 2013. Rihanna, in fact, could not have been somebody's son. © Youssef Boudlal/Reuters/Corbis

We end with a more contemporary song, and what I think is probably my favorite absurd lyric. It's the kind of line that you can try hard to justify, but ultimately can't really be forgiven.

It comes near the beginning of Rihanna's song "Man Down," when she earnestly sings, "he coulda been somebody's son," prompting many of us to nod sagely and think, yes, Rihanna, a man could -- indeed -- have been somebody's son. He, in fact, must be somebody's son, if we're still on operating on the assumption that humans follow a traditional breeding pattern where a mother and father are required for conception.

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