In a jocular letter posted to his Tumblr, Stevens mentioned that he “can’t stop listening to #GetItRight,” but he’s got some problems with the grammar in her lyrics.
One particular line causes concern: “I been laying in this bed all night long.” Miley, technically speaking, you’ve been LYING, not LAYING, an irregular verb form that should only be used when there’s an object, i.e. “I been laying my tired booty on this bed all night long.” Whatever. I’m not the best lyricist, but you know what I mean. #Get It Right The Next Time.
Stevens goes on to explain the somewhat-complicated present perfect continuous tense, which, simply put, dictates the lyric should be “I have been lying” and not “I been laying.” He finishes the letter, “Girl, you work it like Mike Tyson. Miley, I love you because you’re the Queen, grammatically and anatomically speaking. And you’re the hottest cake in the pan. Don’t ever grow old. Live brightly before your fire fades into total darkness. XXOO Sufjan.”
You’re never too old for a quick grammar lesson. Or in Miley’s case, too young. The grammatically incorrect lyrics to “Get It Right” are now on Directlyrics.