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Why do artists make grammar mistakes in their songs?

Here's one linguist's take on this. The following four points appear in order of INCREASING importance. First of all, song writers and poets consciously and unconsciously play with the grammar and ...
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How do you convey that an action is subconscious when writing in first person?

If it's something that is being done unconsciously, then the first-person narrator probably wouldn't realize she's doing it, until she had already done it, or someone else pointed it out. Two quick ...
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How do you convey that an action is subconscious when writing in first person?

If you're after a key phrase, something like "without thinking" or "I found that..." might work. And attributing actions to parts of the body will emphasise lack of conscious ...
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Why do artists make grammar mistakes in their songs?

I would like to add to @Aracuaria's answer, that most of the examples cited differ prosodically from the "standard" form, and thus they can be a great tool for fitting the semantic meaning ...
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Why do artists make grammar mistakes in their songs?

I'd quibble that I don't see any error in some of your examples. Like, what's wrong with "If I was your boyfriend"? I don't know the song so maybe you mean there's a problem with the larger ...
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Why do artists make grammar mistakes in their songs?

There are several ideas that must be considered when evaluating the different varieties of grammar usage in song-writing. There are reasons---and sometimes there are unreasonable causes---for this ...
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