Take me to a place without no name.

Tenacious Learner

Senior Member
Hello teachers,
Why there is 'no' after without' in the following Michael Jackson's song? Doesn't 'without' means 'not having' in this case?
Take me to a place without no name.

Thanks in advance.
  • mr cat

    Senior Member
    English - England
    It's grammatically wrong; a case of a double-negative. However it is a song lyric which are often ungrammatical.

    Enquiring Mind

    Senior Member
    English - the Queen's
    As mr cat says, this double negation is sub-standard English but is common in pop song lyrics, e.g.
    "I can't get no satisfaction ...", (The Rolling Stones)

    "Ain't got no home, ain't got no shoes
    Ain't got no money, ain't got no class
    Ain't got no skirts, ain't got no sweaters
    Ain't got no faith, ain't got no learn ..." (Nina Simone)
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