The Aretha Franklin song "Respect" has the interesting lyric "All I'm askin' / Is for a little respect" [link] where in everyday English, I would expect "All I'm askin' for / Is a little respect".

I've always assumed that this was done for reasons of meter, but it occurred to me recently that for all I know, there could be a variety of English where this sort of phrasing is normal. Is there?

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    Song lyrics are one of (if not THE) most common occurence of grammar being pushed aside in favor of rhythm or rhyme. You cannot scrutnize song lyrics with the same expectation of grammatical correctness like you would an essay or a novel. – Flater Jul 24 '17 at 11:00
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    @Flater: Yup, I'm aware. That's why I always assumed what I did. But you also can't assume that all varieties of English have the same grammar; and the grammar of this lyric certainly makes sense in the abstract. I'm just not used to people not P-stranding in this context. – ruakh Jul 24 '17 at 14:53

The only place where such phrasing is "normal" is in the world of music. Songs usually have poor grammar. This is because, sometimes, in order to get a good rhythm, poor grammar must be used instead of proper grammar. One example of this that I notice quite frequently while listening to songs is the improper substitution of don't for doesn't. This practice is generally acceptable for song lyrics, but is most certainly not acceptable in proper English.

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    The use don't where Standard English has doesn't is actually very common in certain varieties (such as African American Vernacular English). Have you really never encountered it outside of music? – ruakh Jul 26 '17 at 2:44

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