How to listen to this song: Can’t Buy Me Love by The Beatles

How to listen to this song: “Can’t Buy Me Love” by The Beatles

Use this song to practice Present Real/First Conditional and “Can’t”

First Listen to the song “Can’t Buy Me Love” by The Beatles. If the above link doesn’t work, you can listen here, here, or here.

Second Answer these questions:

What do you think this song is about?

What does “Money can’t buy me love” mean?

Third Listen to the song again. This time, read the lyrics to the song too. (The lyrics are below. Scroll down to see them.)

Fourth Think about the First/Present Real Conditional. The form is If+Present Simple, Future Simple. (e.g. If you call, I’ll go. OR I’ll eat there if you pay.) We use it to discuss possible actions and the likely results. For more information, go here.

Also, think about the use of “can’t”. It means “not possible.” (e.g. I can’t run 50 kilometers.) For more information, go here.

Fifth Look at the lyrics in the song. (See below.)

Sixth Answer these questions.

What does “’cause” mean?

How does the singer feel about money?

Does he want to buy a diamond ring?

What do you think? Can money buy love?

Lyrics

Can’t buy me love, love
Can’t buy me love

I’ll buy you a diamond ring my friend if it makes you feel alright
I’ll get you anything my friend if it makes you feel alright
‘Cause I don’t care too much for money, money can’t buy me love

I’ll give you all I got to give if you say you love me too
I may not have a lot to give but what I got I’ll give to you
I don’t care too much for money, money can’t buy me love

Can’t buy me love, everybody tells me so
Can’t buy me love, no no no, no!

Say you don’t need no diamond rings and I’ll be satisfied
Tell me that you want the kind of things that money just can’t buy
I don’t care too much for money, money can’t buy me love

…buy me love, everybody tells me so
Can’t buy me love, no no no, no!

Say you don’t need no diamond rings and I’ll be satisfied
Tell me that you want the kind of things that money just can’t buy
I don’t care too much for money, money can’t buy me love

Can’t buy me love, love
Can’t buy me love 

Answers

What does “’cause” mean? It means “because”.

How does the singer feel about money? He doesn’t like it. He says “I don’t care too much for money.” He wants love, but he says money can’t buy love.

Does he want to buy a diamond ring? Not really. He will buy it if it makes the girl happy (“I’ll buy you a diamond ring my friend, if it makes you feel alright.”), but he also says “say you don’t need no diamond rings and I’ll be satisfied”. He prefers a girl who doesn’t want a diamond ring.

What do you think? Can money buy love? Yes, I think money can buy love because… OR No, I don’t think money can buy love because…

Do you have more questions about this song? Ask in the comments!

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