I just heard a song. The lyrics were:

I've been done, I've been moving on...

In conversation, is that correct grammatically?

  • Exactly as you wrote it in your question (the answer provided casts doubt on its accuracy—although neither the question nor the answer attributes it to any source), it's a comma splice: two independent clauses separated by a comma without a conjunction. So it's technically ungrammatical—but still acceptable stylistically in fiction and other writing. And both song lyrics and poetry are similarly unconstrained. In conversation, there's even less need to adhere to the grammar of formal writing, so it's not clear what you mean by "grammatically." – Jason Bassford Oct 25 '18 at 21:01
  • Please provide the title of the song, who sings it, and, ideally, a link to the actual lyrics. – Jason Bassford Oct 25 '18 at 21:04

It's entirely grammatical in any register. You need to put this in context:

So I cut you off
I don't need your love
'Cause I already cried enough
I've been done
I've been movin' on since we said goodbye (emphasis mine)

Done here is employed as an adjective, not a verb: it means 'finished, over'. The singer is saying he is no longer interested in the relationship (he is 'done' with it) and he has had that attitude for some time: "since we said good goodbye". Since that time he has been "movin' on": turning away from the relationship and pursuing other interests.

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  • If you're going to quote something, you should provide attribution. What's the song, who sings it, and is there a link that can be provided? – Jason Bassford Oct 25 '18 at 21:05
  • "IDGAF" from "Dua Lipa" – Adiel Wiryadinata Oct 26 '18 at 0:04

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