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How to listen to this song: Jealous Guy

How to listen to this song: Jealous Guy by John Lennon

Use this song to practice Past Continuous

You can also listen here, here, or here.

First Listen to the song

Second Answer this question: What is a “jealous guy”? What are three things a jealous guy might do?

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 past continuous verb tense. The form is was/were plus the –ing form of the verb. For example: I was watching TV. They were sitting alone.

We use the past continuous to talk about actions that happen over a period of time in the past. We can also use the past simple, but it changes the meaning a little bit. Compare:

I ate rice on Saturday.

I was eating rice on Saturday.

I ate rice makes it seem like the action happened at one time. I was eating rice makes it seem like it happened for some time. Both are true. Saturday is one time and Saturday is a period of time. “I ate rice on Saturday” makes it sound like at one point in time on Saturday (for example 2pm), you ate rice. “I was eating rice on Saturday” makes it sound like you ate rice several times on Saturday (for example 10am, 2pm, and 6pm).

We need to use the past continuous for interrupted actions. For instance, I was eating rice when you called. You stopped the action when you called, so I should use past continuous.

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Fifth Look at the lyrics in the song.

I was dreaming of the past
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 (oh my)
I didn’t want to hurt you
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 didn’t mean to hurt you
I’m sorry that I made you cry (oh my)
I didn’t want to hurt you
I’m just a jealous guy

I didn’t mean to hurt you
I’m sorry that I made you cry (oh my)
I didn’t want to hurt you
I’m just a jealous guy

I was trying to catch your eyes
Thought that you was trying to hide
I was swallowing my pain
I was swallowing my pain

I didn’t mean to hurt you
I’m sorry that I made you cry (oh my)
I didn’t want to hurt you
I’m just a jealous guy (watch out)

I’m just a jealous guy (look out babe)

I’m just a jealous guy

Sixth Answer these questions:

Why does he say that his heart was beating fast? When does your heart beat fast?

What reason does he give for hurting her? (Why did he hurt her?)

Why was he feeling insecure?

What does “I was swallowing my pain” mean?

Answers

What is a “jealous guy”? What are three things a jealous guy might do?

A jealous guy is a guy who is too protective of his girlfriend/wife. For example, a jealous guy feels bad when the girl he likes does something without him (especially if she is with other men).

A jealous guy might (1) tell his girlfriend not to meet other men, (2) get angry if his girlfriend doesn’t tell him where she is, (3) tell his girlfriend not to do things without him.

Why does he say that his heart was beating fast? When does your heart beat fast?

His heart was beating fast because his emotions were crazy. Our hearts beat fast when we exercise, when we are very nervous, etc.

What reason does he give for hurting her? (Why did he hurt her?)

He’s a jealous guy.

Why was he feeling insecure?

He thought that she might not love him anymore.

What does “I was swallowing my pain” mean?

It means he was trying to hide his pain. He didn’t want to show her that he was feeling bad.

How to listen to this song: “We are the Champions” by Queen

How to listen to this song: “We are the Champions” by Queen

Use this song to practice the Present Perfect verb tense.

First Listen to the song “We are the Champions” by Queen

(If the above link doesn’t work, you can listen here, here, or here.)

Second Answer these questions: What is a champion? What kinds of champions are there?

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 Present Perfect verb tense. We use the present perfect to talk about past actions when we don’t know, or don’t care, when they happened. The form is have/has+third form of the verb—usually, it’s verb+ed, but not always (e.g. eaten, read, sat, etc.).

Note: You can also use the Present Perfect with “for” and “since”, but that’s not the emphasis for this song.

Fifth Answer these questions:

How many times can you find the Present Perfect in this song?

What does “I’ve paid my dues” mean?

What does “my share of” mean?

What does “I’ve taken my bows” mean?

This is a very popular song. Why do you think it is so popular?

Lyrics

I’ve paid my dues
Time after time
I’ve done my sentence
But committed no crime
And bad mistakes
I’ve made a few
I’ve had my share of sand kicked in my face
But I’ve come through

We are the champions, my friends
And we’ll keep on fighting till the end
We are the champions
We are the champions
No time for losers
‘Cause we are the champions, of the world

I’ve taken my bows
And my curtain calls
You brought me fame and fortune and everything that goes with it
I thank you all

But it’s been no bed of roses
No pleasure cruise
I consider it a challenge before the whole human race
And I ain’t gonna lose (ain’t gonna = am not going to)

We are the champions, my friends
And we’ll keep on fighting till the end
We are the champions
We are the champions
No time for losers
‘Cause we are the champions, of the world

We are the champions, my friends
And we’ll keep on fighting till the end
We are the champions
We are the champions
No time for losers
‘Cause we are the champions, of the world

Answers

What is a champion? A champion is a winner. Usually, a champion wins many games or matches, so we know they’re the best of everyone.

What kinds of champions are there? There are lots of champions. You can be a champion sports player, a champion speller, or a champion in any competition.

How many times can you find the Present Perfect in this song? There are eight (8): I’ve paid my dues, I’ve done my sentence, I’ve…committed no crime, bad mistakes I’ve made a few, I’ve had my share of sand kicked in my face, I’ve come through, I’ve taken my bows and my curtain calls, it’s been no bed of roses

What does “I’ve paid my dues” mean? It means he has done things in the past so that he can be successful now.

What does “my share of” mean? It means a fair amount. Usually, we use this expression before bad things to say that we’ve had similar problems to everyone else. For example, I’ve had my share of fights, or I’ve made my share of mistakes.

What does “I’ve taken my bows” mean? At the end of a popular show or concert, a performer will bow. He means that he’s had good, popular shows.

This is a very popular song. Why do you think it is so popular? This is an opinion question. What do you think?

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

How to listen to this song: Somewhere over the Rainbow

How to listen to this song: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Use this song to practice the Present Simple verb tense.

First Listen to the song Somewhere Over the Rainbow

(If the above link doesn’t work, you can listen here, here, or here.)

Second Answer this question: Is this a happy song or a sad song? Why?

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 Present Simple verb tense. One thing we use the Present Simple for is things that are sometimes, usually, or always true. The time isn’t important. For example: Skies are blue. Yes, sometimes, the sky is black or grey or red, but skies are blue in the past, present, and future.

Sixth Answer these questions:

Can you find another example of present simple? Where? What does it mean?

What does “dreams come true” mean?

Why does the singer want to go over the rainbow?

Lyrics

Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high,
There’s a land that I heard of
Once in a lullaby.

Somewhere over the rainbow
Skies are blue,
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true.

Someday I’ll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far
Behind me.
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Away above the chimney tops
That’s where you’ll find me.

Somewhere over the rainbow
Bluebirds fly,
Birds fly over the rainbow
Why then, oh why can’t I?

Somewhere over the rainbow
Bluebirds fly,
Birds fly over the rainbow
Why then, oh why can’t I?

If happy little bluebirds fly
Beyond the rainbow
Why, oh, why can’t I?

Answers

Can you find another example of present simple? Where? What does it mean? Bluebirds fly. It’s a habit of bluebirds. It means bluebirds can fly. They fly in the past, the present, and the future.

What does “dreams come true” mean? A dream is like a wish. A dream come true is a wish the really happens. For example, Barack Obama wanted to become president. It was his dream. He became president, so his dream came true. In the song, dreams come true in the past, present, and future. Over the rainbow, dreams come true.

Why does the singer want to go over the rainbow? She thinks that she’ll be happier there.

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!

How to listen to this song: “Rainbow Connection” by Kermit the Frog

Rainbow Connection

Use this song to practice asking questions in Present Simple, Past Simple, and Present Perfect.

First Listen to the song “Rainbow Connection” by Kermit the Frog. If the above link doesn’t work, you can listen here, or here.

(Also, the lyrics are a little different, but you can also hear Jason Mraz’s version here and The Carpenters’ version here.)

Second Answer these questions: What is a rainbow? What is a connection? What do you think a “rainbow connection” is? (Hint: There isn’t just one answer. It’s an opinion.)

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 There are three main questions in the song. They are:

Why are there so many songs about rainbows and what’s on the other side?

Who said that every wish would be heard and answered, when wished on the morning star?

Have you been half asleep and have you heard voices?

The first question uses present simple. That’s a question about things that are always true.

The second question uses past simple. That’s a question about something that happened one time in the past. When it happened in the past is important.

The third question uses present perfect. That’s a question about something that started in the past, but is important for now.

Go to this site to learn more about asking questions in different verb tenses.

Fifth Answer these questions:

What does the singer think about rainbows?

He says that the rainbow connection is “the lovers, the dreamers, and me”. What do you think? What is the connection between lovers, dreams, and him? How are they the same?

He asks “what’s so amazing that keeps us stargazing?” It means, why do people keep looking at the stars. Why do you think people enjoy looking at the stars?

What is “the sweet sound that called the young sailors”?

Lyrics

Why are there so many songs about rainbows
and what’s on the other side?
Rainbows are visions, but only illusions,
and rainbows have nothing to hide.
So we’ve been told and some choose to believe it.
I know they’re wrong, wait and see.
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection.
The lovers, the dreamers and me.

Who said that every wish would be heard
and answered, when wished on the morning star?
Somebody thought of that and someone believed it.
Look what it’s done so far.
What’s so amazing that keeps us star gazing,
and what do we think we might see?
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection.
The lovers, the dreamers and me.

All of us under its spell, we know that it’s probably magic.

Have you been half asleep and have you heard voices?
I’ve heard them calling my name.
Is this the sweet sound that called the young sailors?
The voice might be one and the same.
I’ve heard it too many times to ignore it.
It’s something that I’m supposed to be.
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection.
The lovers, the dreamers and me.

La da da di da da do. La da da da da di da do.

Answers

There aren’t exact answers to these questions. These answers are just opinions.

What does the singer think about rainbows?

He thinks they are amazing. They make him dream and wonder about how everyone is the same. He thinks everyone is connected.

He says that the rainbow connection is “the lovers, the dreamers, and me”. What do you think? What is the connection between lovers, dreamers, and him? How are they the same?

Maybe he thinks lovers, dreamers, and he are the same. They all think softly about life. They are connected because everyone is connected. They all look at rainbows and dream.

He asks “what’s so amazing that keeps us stargazing?” It means, why do people keep looking at the stars. Why do you think people enjoy looking at the stars?

Maybe everyone feels the same when they look at the stars. They dream about their future and their place in the world. Stars make us feel peaceful.

What is “the sweet sound that called the young sailors”?

It something that’s in a young sailor’s heart. Sometimes young people just want to get away and travel.

Do you have questions about this song? Do you have different opinions? Post in the comments:)

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