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One technique that I've learned from an experienced vocal coach is to use a recording or a backing track and just try to speak (instead of sing) the lyrics in the correct rhythm. In this way you only concentrate on the rhythmic element and you totally ignore the melody for the moment. Only after getting that part right should you try to combine the rhythm ...
What I would suggest is to study the rhythmic part of the song. Practice the values of the melody rather than the melody as a whole, along with a metronome or some instrument. After you see that you can sing the rhythmic part correctly, sing the melody as a whole, again with a metronome or something. Then try singing it with your band.
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