I try to understand the song 'Sober' by band Tool. And there are couple of sentence with won't followed by pronoun or noun and without verb. For example:

'Jesus, won't you f*cking whistle nothing 
 But the past and done.'

'Mother Mary won't you whisper nothing
but the past and done.'

Also, I've seen same sentence in the 'Passeneger' by Deftones:

Chrome buttons, buckles and leather surfaces
These and other lucky witnesses
Now to calm me
**This time won't you please**
Drive faster
Roll the windows down

Maybe in Tool's lyrics it is interrogative with dot instead of question mark, but sentence by Deftones I can't understand at all. How should I interpret this?

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    What do you mean, "without verb"? "Won't you whistle", "won't you whisper", "won't you please drive faster". These are all verbs. Also, in its current form, the question is a better fit for our proposed sister site for English language learners, as this construction is rather common, and no native speaker will have trouble interpreting it. – RegDwigнt Dec 12 '12 at 13:58
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    Here, whisper is a verb. And "Won't you please drive faster?" is one sentence. – Peter Shor Dec 12 '12 at 13:58
  • Thanks. Especially for the site, I thought this site for learners:) – Moses Dec 12 '12 at 14:13

"Won't you please drive faster" is a slightly more insistent variant of "Please drive faster".

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