Using 'she don't care' in The Beatles' song 'Ticket to Ride'


She's got a ticket to ride,
She's got a ticket to ride,
She's got a ticket to ride,
But she don't care.

It sounded odd to me. So why is it used that way?


Posted 2016-03-23T10:05:31.477

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Question was closed 2016-11-03T15:28:19.493


Nina, You can find your answer at

– Yuri – 2016-03-23T10:10:20.113

Another example is the song "Teardrops" by Womack & Womack - And the music don't feel like it did when I felt it with you – Joao Arruda – 2016-03-23T14:26:12.073

It is fairly common to hear "he don't" and "she don't" in song lyrics. Many songwriting and music-making traditions originated from socioeconomic groups who use non-standard English dialects. This includes rock-and-roll, the blues, country music, jazz, hip hop and many others. British groups like the Beatles and Rolling Stones were heavily influenced by American music and often sang with American accents. However in everyday life this usage of "don't" should be avoided. – ghostarbeiter – 2016-03-23T15:55:34.507



'doesn't care' is the correct form. But, the don't form is called nonstandard English and is commonly used among native English speakers.

Ludovic Frérot

Posted 2016-03-23T10:05:31.477

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The question is about don't vs. doesn't. The OP probably knows these are contractions, so this answer isn't helpful. – laugh salutes Monica C – 2016-03-23T14:19:42.770

I've corrected my answer – Ludovic Frérot – 2016-03-23T14:23:23.410

This is bad English but used sometimes this way amongst native speakers – Ludovic Frérot – 2016-03-23T14:31:18.273