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Lyrics:

Everybody shut up!
Everybody listen up!
Hey, hey, hey 
Hey, hey, hey 
Hey, hey, hey 

If you can't write in the proper way
If you don't know how to conjugate
Maybe you flunked that class
And maybe now you find
That people mock you online 

Okay, now here's the deal
I'll try to educate ya
Gonna familiarize
You with the nomenclature
You'll learn the definitions
Of nouns and prepositions
Literacy's your mission
And that's why I think it's a 

Good time,
To learn some grammar
Now did I stammer 
Work on that grammar
You should know when
It's "less" or it's "fewer"
Like people who were
Never raised in a sewer

I hate these word crimes
Like I could care less
That means you do care
At least a little
Don't be a moron
You better slow down
And use the right pronoun
Show the world you're no clown

Say you got an "i," "t"
Followed by apostrophe, "s"
Now what does that mean?
You would not use "it's" in this case,
As a possessive
It's a contraction
What's a contraction?
Well, it's the shortening of a word, or a group of words, by the omission of a sound or letter

Okay, now here's some notes
Syntax you're always mangling
No "x" in "espresso"
Your participle's dangling
But I don't want your drama
If you really wanna
Leave out that Oxford comma
Just keep in mind

That "be," "see," "are," "you" (B-C-R-U)
Are words, not letters
Get it together
Use your spellchecker
You should never
Write words using numbers
Unless you're seven
Or your name is Prince

I hate these word crimes
You really need a
Full time proofreader
You dumb mouthbreather
Well, you should hire
Some cunning linguist
To help you distinguish
What is proper English

One thing I ask of you
Time to learn your homophones is past due
Learn to diagram a sentence too
Always say "to whom"
Don't ever say "to who"
And listen up when I tell you this
I hope you never use quotation marks for emphasis
You finished second grade,
I hope you can tell
If you're "doing good" or "doing well"
Figure out the difference
Irony is not coincidence
And I thought that you'd gotten it through your skull
About what's figurative and what's literal
Oh but, just now, you said
You literally couldn't get out of bed (What?)
That really makes me want to literally smack a crowbar upside your stupid head

I read your e-mail
It's quite apparent
Your grammar's errant
You're incoherent
Saw your blog post
It's really fantastic
That was sarcastic
'Cause you write like a spastic

I hate these word crimes
Your prose is dopey
Think you should only
Write in emoji
Oh, you're a lost cause, 
Hey, hey, hey
Go back to preschool
Hey, hey, hey
Get out of the gene pool
Hey, hey hey
Try your best to not drool

Never mind I give up
Really now I give up
Hey, hey hey
Hey, hey hey
Go away!

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