If you think I'm turning into a grinch and complaining about the idea of having fun, you'll be disappointed. I'm talking about the band, Fun. And no, I don't really hate them; if you read my previous posts on One Direction and Train, you'll see I'm being very overstated in that regard. I don't hate Fun, I have one particular gripe with them. No it's not the use of auto-tune, or how bad they sounded when I heard them live on TV. It's one particular sentence in their hit single, 'We are young'. The line goes:
So if by the time the bar closes
And you feel like falling down
I’ll carry you home
You may not realise it, but that sentence is an abomination. The problem comes from that 'and' masquerading at the beginning of the second line; it wrecks the sentence. I'll explain in more detail. In English, we have simple sentences, and then we have clauses inside those sentences. You can break them up into units of thought to make it clearer. So when this is broken up we get 'by the time the bar closes' as a separate phrase; that leaves the 'if' hanging- what completes that 'if' clause?
It should be completed as 'so if... you feel like falling down'. But it's not, because there's a ridiculous 'and' in the middle of the line which makes it read 'so if and you feel...", which is utter nonsense. It's not like the 'and' is particularly important to the line- it could have been a syllable left out. But no, they had to go and break the English language. And the fact that no one notices this annoys me even more. Talk about reinforcing bad habits! And that is why I hate Fun!