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The Genesis song I can't dance was written to defame Michael Jackson, so I read in an interview with Phil Collins. The band really hated Michael at the time, the early nineties.

I can't dance, I can't talk.

Only thing about me is the way I walk.

I can't dance, I can't sing

Im just standing here selling everything.

I like the genre of defamatory songs, and I am interested in more examples of songs, written to expose or underline some persons nasty characteristics, behaviour, image or whatever.

You're so vain by Carly Simon is another example, although is is not entirely clear whom she wrote it for (my guess would be: Warren Beatty).

Does anybody know some more examples?

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I didn't know that about "I can't dance"... interesting - and I just noticed that the song isn't in the database yet! :shocked: :)

Foo Fighter's "I'll stick around" is about Courtney Love and her role in Kurt Cobain's suicide

I thought I knew all it took to bother you

Every word I said was true, that you'll see

How could it be

I'm the only one who sees

your rehearsed insanity?

I still refuse

all the methods you've abused

It's all right if you're confused

let me be

I've been around all the pawns

You've gagged and bound

They'll come back and knock you down

and I'll be free

I don't owe you anything

I don't owe you anything

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My Favorite Mistake ~ Sheryl Crow

I woke up and called this morning

The tone of your voice was a warning

That you don't care for me anymore

I made up the bed we sleep in

I looked at the clock when you creep in

It's 6 a.m. and I'm alone

Did you know when you go

It's the perfect ending

To the bad day I was just beginning

When you go all I know

Is you're my favourite mistake

Your friends act sorry for me

They watch you pretend to adore me

But I'm no fool to this game

Now here comes your secret lover

She'll be unlike any other

Until your guilt goes up in flames

Did you know when you go

It's the perfect ending

To the bad day I'd gotten used to spending

When you go all I know

Is you're my favourite mistake

You're my favourite mistake

Well, maybe nothing lasts forever

Even when you stay together

I don't need forever after

But it's your laughter won't let me go

So I'm holding on this way

Did you know, could you tell?

You were the only one that I ever loved

Now everything's so wrong

Did you see me walking by?

Did it ever make you cry?

Now you're my favourite mistake

Yeah, you're my favourite mistake

You're my favourite mistake

This was rumored to be about Eric Clapton....

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One of many from Frank Zappa

Po-Jama People

Some people's hot

Some people's cold

Some people's not very

Swift to behold

Some people do it

Some see right through it

Some wear pyjamas

If only they knew it

The pyjamas people are boring me to pieces

They make me feel like I am wasting my time

They all got flannel up 'n down 'em

A little trap-door back aroun' 'em

An' some cozy little footies on their mind

Po-jama people!

Po-jama people, people!

Lawd, they make you sleepy

With the things they might say

Po-jama people!

Po-jama people, people!

Mother, Mary 'n Jozuf, wish they'd all go away!

Po-jama people!

It's a po-jama people special...

Take one home with you & save a dollar today

Po-jama people!

Po-jama people, people!

Wrap 'em up

Roll 'em out

Get 'em out of my way

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I thought I had read in an interview in Mojo or Uncut, some 8,9 years ago, I can't dance is written against Michael Jackson.

I looked through my old copies, but didn't find the interview.

Online research suggests this notion is wrong. The song is against jeans models, says http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Can%27t_Dance .

Still, I'd like to collect some more titles of songs that were written against a specific person or group.

The Rolling Stones's Star star are Mick's impression of groupies, says your database.

Any news on "Suzy" mentioned in their Dead Flowers? The reference to Suzy Creamcheese in the comments is not very convincing.

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