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"Say I look nice when I'm not"

The song "Little Things Mean a Lot", as used in a current advert for something or other, has this lyric.

It should be "Say I look nice when I don't".

This angers me.
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What's really annoying, is that Axa (who it turns out the advert are for) even seem to feel the need to use the same error in their blurb about the advert. It's like a meta-error.

Little Things Mean a Lot | The Story Behind The Song ?Little Things Mean a Lot?

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In 2013, Little Shoes Big Voice' folk-inspired version still tells us of kisses blown across rooms, and how nice is to be told we look nice when we're not.
Gah! They've even introduced their own extra mistake.
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If they can't be trusted with this, how can they be trusted to run an insurance company?!


PS French company. So rubbish at English lyrics?
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PS French company. So rubbish at English lyrics?
It's an American song, so rubbish at English!

It could, of course, be construed as meaning "I'm not nice, but say that I look nice." Maybe not. . . more likely just bad English.
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I guess they thought they had to rhyme with "lot". They could easily have got the grammar right without losing the rhyme i.e.

"Say I'm looking nice when I'm not".

This extra syllable (lookING) does however mess with the scansion for those of us of a pedantic disposition.
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It is intentional...
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"Say I look nice, not like snot" would scan, still rhymes and is grammatically perfect.
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I know it doesn't do anything about the song but one of the AXA adverts did at least have an Alfa Giulietta in it though!
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