Let's practise some grammar rules using songs. I hope you will appreciate smiles_faccine_05.gif


Jealous Guy

by John Lennon
I was dreaming of the past. What do you think he was actually dreaming of?
And my heart was beating fast,
I began to lose control,
I began to lose control,

I didn't mean to hurt you,
I'm sorry that I made you cry, Why do you think the girl was crying?
I didn't want to hurt you, How does he explain the fact that he has made her cry?
I'm just a jealous guy,
I was feeling insecure,
You might not love me any more,
I was shivering inside,
I was shivering inside,
I was trying to catch your eyes, Why was he trying to catch her eyes?
Thought that you were trying to hide,
I was swallowing my pain,
I was swallowing my pain.


Work on the language.
A. find out all the words in the song that relate to suffering
B. find words in the text which mean:
to make somebody unhappy …………………
not confident about yourself ......................
shake ..................
apologize ......................
conceal ...........................
make something go down your throat .....................
C. complete the following
He began to lose control while he ………
While he is talking, the girl ………….
He is a jealous guy that’s why he ……… her
He thought she didn’t love him anymore and so he ………..
While trying to catch her eyes, he ………

“catch somebody’s eyes “ is an English idiom. Can you understand what it means? Is there a similar
expression in your language?
“swallow a feeling” is a metaphor. Can you explain it? What does the verb “swallow” imply?
Write a short paragraph illustrating the situation the song describes. Consider where the two people are, whether they are sitting or standing, etc.
Working in groups write new lyrics for the song. Use the same tenses you find in the song.

If I had 1,000,000$


Try to answer the questions you will find near some lines.
by Barenaked Ladies

If I had a million dollars
(If I had a million dollars)
I’d buy you a house
(I would buy you a house)
If I had a million dollars
(If I had a million dollars)
I’d buy you furniture for your house
(Maybe a nice chesterfield or an ottoman) what are they?
And if I had a million dollars
(If I had a million dollars)
Well, I’d buy you a K-Car
(A nice Reliant automobile)
If I had a million dollars I’d buy your love
If I had a million dollars
I’d build a tree fort in our yard
If I had a million dollars
You could help, it wouldn’t be that hard
If I had a million dollars
Maybe we could put like a little tiny fridge in there somewhere
You know, we could just go up there and hang out
Like open the fridge and stuff
There would already be laid out foods for us
Like little pre-wrapped sausages and things
They have pre-wrapped sausages but they don’t have pre-wrapped bacon
Well, can you blame ‘em
Uh, yeah
If I had a million dollars
(If I had a million dollars)
Well, I’d buy you a fur coat
(But not a real fur coat that’s cruel)
And if I had a million dollars
(If I had a million dollars)
Well, I’d buy you an exotic pet
(Yep, like a llama or an emu)
And if I had a million dollars
(If I had a million dollars)
Well, I’d buy you John Merrick’s remains ever heard of The Elephant Man?
(Ooh, all them crazy elephant bones)
And If I had a million dollars I’d buy your love
If I had a million dollars
We wouldn’t have to walk to the store
If I had a million dollars
Now, we’d take a limousine ’cause it costs more
If I had a million dollars
We wouldn’t have to eat Kraft Dinner
But we would eat Kraft Dinner
Of course we would, we’d just eat more
And buy really expensive ketchups with it
That’s right, all the fanciest ke… dijon ketchups!
Mmmmmm, Mmmm-Hmmm
If I had a million dollars
(If I had a million dollars)
Well, I’d buy you a green dress
(But not a real green dress, that’s cruel) How can a green dress be cruel? What do they mean by "real"?
And if I had a million dollars
(If I had a million dollars)
Well, I’d buy you some art
(A Picasso or a Garfunkel) Can you see the link between art, Picasso and Garfunkel?
If I had a million dollars
(If I had a million dollars)
Well, I’d buy you a monkey
(Haven’t you always wanted a monkey)
If I had a million dollars
I’d buy your love
If I had a million dollars, If I had a million dollars
If I had a million dollars, If I had a million dollars
If I had a million dollars
I’d be rich
Do you need further ideas? What about If I was a Rich Girl by Gwen Stefani?

The Sound of Silence

"sound of silence" is a language device. Can you define and explain it? It is a sound device too.
What effect does it create?
Hello darkness, my old friend, "darkness" too is a language device: define and explain it too
I've come to talk with you again,
Because a vision softly creeping,
Left its seeds while I was sleeping,
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence.
In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone, what kind of world are they describing?
'Neath the halo of a street lamp,
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence.
And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more.
People talking without speaking,
People hearing without listening,
People writing songs that voices never share is it possible to do this? In what situations?
And no one dare
Disturb the sound of silence.
"Fools" said I, "You do not know
Silence like a cancer grows. analyse the simile
Hear my words that I might teach you,
Take my arms that I might reach you."
But my words like silent raindrops fell,
And echoed what is the effects of the words?
In the wells of silence
And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made. what does the "neon god" stand for?
And the sign flashed out its warning, what is the warning about?
in the words that it was forming.
And the sign said, "The words of the prophets
are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls."
And whisper'd in the sounds of silence.
The song was written by Paul Simon on February 19, 1964, after the assassination of President J.F. Kennedy, on 22 November, 1963.
With the song, Simon meant to capture the atmosphere that the assassination created among people in the USA.
The song was used twice in the film The Graduate, ( starring Dustin Hoffman) and in the film Bobby, where it is played during Robert Kennedy's victory speech at the Ambassador Hotel, just before his assassination.
It is not a recent song, but I personally think its content is still valid – our inability to listen to each other in the middle of the noise we produce and our worshipping a god made of neon light and so commercial and empty of real and deep values- and the song itself is absolute poetry – the language is carefully chosen and is rich with language and sound devices.
Do you agree? Do you think the song conveys a message and a vision of the world which is still valid and true?
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And I still haven't found what I'm looking for

U2

A. First, listen to the song and, considering the words written in red, choose the correct alternative
And I still haven’t found what I’m looking forby U2
I have _ the highest mountains
I have through the fields
Only to be with you/her
Only to be with you/her
I have I have crawled
I have _ these city walls/malls
These city walls/malls
Only to be with you/her
But I still haven't found
What I'm looking for
But I still haven't found
What I'm looking for
I have _ honey lips
Felt the healing in her fingertips
It burned like fire
This burning desire
I have _ with the tongue of angels
I have _ the hand of a devil
It was warm in the night/light
I was cold as a stone
But I still haven't found
What I'm looking for
But I still haven't found
What I'm looking for
I believe in the Kingdom Come
Then all the colours/flavours will bleed into one
Bleed into one
But yes I'm still running.
You broke the bonds
You loosened the chains
You carried the cross/horse
Of my shame
Of my shame
You know I believed it
But I still haven't found
What I'm looking for
But I still haven't found
What I'm looking for
But I still haven't found
What I'm looking for
But I still haven't found
What I'm looking for
B. Now, read the lyrics again and fill in the blanks using the following: run (2x), kissed, climbed, spoken,
held, scaled.
C. Work in pairs. Ask your mate the following questions. Try to find out as many details as possible.
( as to when, where, how etc.)
1. Have you ever climbed a mountain?
2. Have you ever run through the fields?
3. Have you ever scaled a wall?
D. Now go on. Prepare further questions. ( ex. eat Chinese food, be abroad, visit a gallery etc.)
Ok, let’s try now to understand the lyrics better.

E. Consider the first two stanzas and find out verbs that mean:
1. move very quickly
2. move like an insect
3. reach the top of something (2 verbs)
What do all the verbs have in common?
F. Consider the third stanza. Can you find contrasting images in it? Can you explain them?
G. Consider the last stanza. Can you explain what the Kingdom Come means? Who do you think is the
person who “carries the cross of my shame”?
H. Discussion. What kind of song is it? How would you define it? What is he looking for? And you, are
you looking for something too?