Hi

I saw some sentences on lyrics and books

But I'm confused about some tense

see below:

1)I never wanted to be a singer. <---The writer says (why use past tense? Isn't it Present perfect or present tense?)

2)They get the fairness they needed provided to ( they need the fairness,so why not They get the fair that is needed or

They get the fairness that they need ?)

3)beinf a reporter isn't the career i always wanted. (same. why wanted?)

Sometimes, I get confusion with "never". I don't know which tense i shoud use.

What's the difference between:

we never changed / we never change ?

THANKS!
Hello, englis - and welcome to English Forums.

I saw some sentences on lyrics and books. But I'm confused about some tense-- First of all, song lyrics are not expected to, and seldom in fact do, follow strict rules of grammar and structure.

1)I never wanted to be a singer. The writer says why use past tense? Isn't it Present perfect or present tense? -- No, simple past is fine. He never wanted in the past.)

2)They get the fairness they needed provided to ( they need the fairness,so why not They get the fair that is needed or

They get the fairness that they need ?-- They needed (in the past) fairness (noun: a condition) )

3)being a reporter isn't the career i always wanted. (same. why wanted?-- Why not? Simple past is fine, and no doubt it fits the meter of the song better.)

Sometimes, I get confusion with "never". I don't know which tense i shoud use. What's the difference between:

we never changed / we never change ?-- The first is past; the second is non-past: that is all.
Sorry, I'm still confused

3)being a reporter isn't the career i always wanted. (same. why wanted?-- Why not? Simple past is fine, and no doubt it fits the meter of the song better.)

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being a reporter isn't the career i always wanted. "isn't" here,so the "wanted" should be present tense(want)?

or I have always wanted?

( sorry for my bad understanding...)
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'Isn't' does not necessarily affect 'wanted'

This isn't the hat I wanted. (I want no hat now, though I am looking at one now.)

This isn't the hat I want. (I want a hat now, and I am looking at one now.)

That wasn't the hat I wanted. (Seen then, wanted then.)

That wasn't the hat I want. (Seen then, still want now.)

That won't be the hat I want (when I get to the shop later).

Etc.