I'm concerned with the second line of the first verse of "By a Stranger" by Black Rob:

We came to give love to our die hearted real bitches
That stick through they man through the bullshit with

It is clearly grammatically incorrect, but I would like to understand its meaning and rewrite in grammatically correct form.

It feels like it should have been written:

That stick to their men through the bullshit with

  • don't know if it's grammatically incorrect in the dialect of the singer/songwriter. it's not standard English, though. it's also lyric, which means it could be English at play, not conforming to any dialect – Arm the good guys in America Nov 19 '19 at 23:25
  • @green_ideas it's also lyric, which means it could be English at play, not conforming to any dialect Does this make it impossible to recover a grammatically correct version? – user1420956 Nov 19 '19 at 23:44
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    it often makes "grammatical analysis" of lyrics off topic, because we can't properly "analyze" art ...and lyric, which is poetry, can often be read many ways, so yeah what the "grammatically correct" version is meant to be is anyone's guess – Arm the good guys in America Nov 19 '19 at 23:46
  • You are quite right. If you listen to the actual recording you will hear stick to their man. It's a mistranscription, possibly due to homophony or dittography. – StoneyB on hiatus Nov 20 '19 at 0:16
  • I've several times run across lyrics online which are obviously mistranscribed. In many cases lyrics online are "contributed" by people listening to the works, vs coming from the song's score, and often they are careless. – Hot Licks Nov 20 '19 at 0:24

I listened to that part of the song a few times on YouTube. I don't think the lyrics you've quoted are quite what he's saying in the recording. I know some lyrics websites quote the same words as you, but those websites aren't completely reliable, sometimes they just publish a random internet user's idea of what the lyrics seem to be.

I believe he is saying:

We came to give love to our die-hearted real bitches

That stick to their man through the bullshit (with)

Good lovin' and good fuckin' all night long...

I hear it as "stick to their man" quite clearly, not "stick through they man".

I think the "with" at the end of the second line that I've put in parentheses is actually the first word of the next line, but the rhythm of his rapping sort of gives the impression that it's the end of the second line.

So it's not as grammatically incorrect as you thought.

The first two lines could be paraphrased as follows:

We give love to our loyal and authentic women

Who remain faithful to their men throughout life's trials

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    Speaking of incorrect lyrics, to me the first line sounds like "We get to give love ..." – user1420956 Nov 20 '19 at 0:42
  • @user1420956 - I listened to that line again, and I think you are right. That word didn't sound as clear to me as the rest of those lines, and I think "came" makes more sense, but then he's using a dialect that I'm not very familiar with, and you've convinced me on what it sounds like. I'll update that word in my answer. – nnnnnn Nov 20 '19 at 0:46
  • @KannE Now I don't even know... Sometimes it sounds as "get", sometimes as "came". – user1420956 Nov 20 '19 at 0:56
  • @KannE - Okay, I'll take your word for it. I've rolled back my edit. – nnnnnn Nov 20 '19 at 1:59

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