A note which is posted on Stevens' Tumblr reads, 'I can't stop listening to #GetItRight (great song, great message, great body), but maybe you need a quick grammar lesson.'
Singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens has written an open letter addressed to Miley Cyrus via his Tumblr account. In a playful post which was written on Monday, October 14, the musician took aim at poor grammar in single "Get It Right" from her latest album "Bangerz".
"Dear Miley. I can't stop listening to #GetItRight (great song, great message, great body), but maybe you need a quick grammar lesson," Stevens wrote. "One particular line causes concern: 'I been laying in this bed all night long.' Miley, technically speaking, you've been LYING, not LAYING, an irregular verb form that should only be used when there's an object, i.e. 'I been laying my tired booty on this bed all night long.' "
"Whatever. I'm not the best lyricist, but you know what I mean. #Get It Right The Next Time. But don't worry, even [author William] Faulkner messed it up. We all make mistakes, and surely this isn't your worst misdemeanor," Stevens said, adding that he also had issue with the use of tense in the song.
"Miley, did you know the tense here is also totally wrong. Surely you've heard of Present Perfect Continuous Tense (I HAVE BEEN LYING in this bed all night long [hopefully getting some beauty sleep?). It's a weird, equivocal, almost purgatorial tense, not quite present, not quite past, not quite here, not quite there. Somewhere in between. I feel that way all the time. It kind of sucks. But I have a feeling your 'present perfect continuous' involves a lot more excitement than mine," Stevens said.
"Anyway, doesn't that also sum up your career right now? Present. Perfect. Continuous. And Tense. Intense? Girl, you work it like Mike Tyson. Miley, I love you because you're the Queen, grammatically and anatomically speaking. And you're the hottest cake in the pan. Don't ever grow old. Live brightly before your fire fades into total darkness," he concluded.
Sinead O'Connor who was involved in an online feud with the "Wrecking Ball" singer, meanwhile, also penned her fifth open letter, telling Cyrus to publicly apologize for mocking her and Amanda Bynes' mental illness. "What you did is extraordinarily dangerous as it contributes to the silences which allow suicide to flourish and also contributes to the bullying of people perceived mistakenly or otherwise to be mentally ill. That bullying causes suicides. Thats why you're supposed to apologise," the Irish singer wrote.
"Its really very simple. People die every day because of the type of thing you did," she continued, adding, "Its not that hard to say sorry. Doing so will save lives."