In Cyndi Lauper's song called Money Changes Everything she says:

I'm sorry, baby, I'm leaving you tonight.

I found someone new he's waitin' in the car outside.

Is it grammatically correct to use of I found instead of I've found in this context?

I think it would be correct to use I've found since the time (when she finds someone new) isn't specified.

Am I right?

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    I don't think we can transcribe those lyrics with any certainty. She could be singing "I've found..." In any case, tense choices can reflect the speaker's thought. Found could emphasize the fact that it's over between them: the finding of another lover is now a thing of the past, and can't be undone. The present perfect would emphasize its recency. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Sep 11 '16 at 15:29

Both of them are correct, they just mean slightly different things.

I've found, which is the present perfect, means "as of this moment, I found someone (in the past)"; the present perfect is used to indicate that an action happened some time in the past but is related to the present.

I found, which is the simple past, just means "In the past, I found someone".

Ordinarily I would say that the present perfect would be a slightly more natural choice, but either of them works here. Here's a good page from the British Council on talking about the past and why you might choose one tense or another.

But it's not a good idea to look too deeply into song lyrics for grammatical correctness. Songs are often written to sound good rather than to be strictly correct.

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