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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:)

How to listen to this song: “All My Loving” by The Beatles

How to listen to this song: “All My Loving” The Beatles

Use this song to practice the Future Simple verb tense.

First Listen to the song “All My Loving” by The Beatles. If the above link doesn’t work, you can listen here, here, or here.

Second Answer this question: What do you think this song is about?

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 Future Simple verb tense. Future Simple is “will + the verb” For example: “I will go tomorrow” (or “I’ll go tomorrow”). In English, we use Future Simple for predictions about the future.Click here for more information, and practice exercises.

Fifth Look at the lyrics in the song. How many times can you find uses of Future simple? What predictions are there?

Sixth Answer these questions:

Why does he sing: “Tomorrow I’ll miss you.” Why will he miss her?

“I’ll always be true” means that he will not get a different girl. Do you believe him?

He sings: “I…hope that my dreams will come true.” What are his dreams? How can they “come true”?

Lyrics

Close your eyes and I’ll kiss you.
Tomorrow I’ll miss you.
Remember I’ll always be true.
And then while I’m away,
I’ll write home every day,
and I’ll send all my loving to you.

I’ll pretend that I’m kissing,
the lips I am missing,
and hope that my dreams will come true.
And then while I’m away,
I’ll write home every day,
and I’ll send all my loving to you.

All my loving, I will send to you.
All my loving, darling I’ll be true.

Close your eyes and I’ll kiss you.
Tomorrow I’ll miss you.
Remember I’ll always be true.
And then while I’m away,
I’ll write home every day,
and I’ll send all my loving to you.

All my loving, I will send to you.
All my loving, darling I’ll be true.
All my loving, all my loving ooh,
all my loving, I will send to you.

Answers

Why does he sing: “Tomorrow I’ll miss you.” Why will he miss her?

He’ll miss her because he is leaving tomorrow.

“I’ll always be true” means that he will not get a different girl. Do you believe him?

Yes I do, because… OR No I don’t, because…

He sings: “I…hope that my dreams will come true.” What are his dreams? How can they “come true”?

He hopes to kiss her and be with her. To “come true” means to be true in the future. For example, if my dream is to live in France and I move to France, then my dream came true.

How to listen to this song: Halo by Beyonce

How to listen to this song: “Halo” by Beyonce

Listen to the song three times. (You can listen here, here, or here.) After each time, there are some questions you should try to answer. Before you listen the third time, read the lyrics. Also read the lyrics while you listen for the third time. At the end, you can find the answers. Enjoy.

First Listening Questions

What is this song about?

What is a “halo”?

Second Listening Questions

What does “I can see your halo” mean?

How does Beyonce feel about the man?

Is this a new or an old relationship?

Now read the lyrics.

Remember those walls I built
Well, baby they’re tumbling down
And they didn’t even put up a fight
They didn’t even make up a sound

I found a way to let you in
But I never really had a doubt
Standing in the light of your halo
I got my angel now

It’s like I’ve been awakened
Every rule I had you breakin’
It’s the risk that I’m takin’
I ain’t never gonna shut you out

Everywhere I’m looking now
I’m surrounded by your embrace
Baby I can see your halo
You know you’re my saving grace

You’re everything I need and more
It’s written all over your face
Baby I can feel your halo
Pray it won’t fade away

I can feel your halo halo halo
I can see your halo halo halo
I can feel your halo halo halo
I can see your halo halo halo

Hit me like a ray of sun
Burning through my darkest night
You’re the only one that I want
Think I’m addicted to your light

I swore I’d never fall again
But this don’t even feel like falling
Gravity can’t forget
To pull me back to the ground again

Feels like I’ve been awakened
Every rule I had you breakin’
The risk that I’m takin’
I’m never gonna shut you out

Everywhere I’m looking now
I’m surrounded by your embrace
Baby I can feel your halo
Pray it won’t fade away

I can feel your halo halo halo
I can see your halo halo halo
I can feel your halo halo halo
I can see your halo halo halo
Halo, halo

Everywhere I’m looking now
I’m surrounded by your embrace
Baby I can see your halo
You know you’re my saving grace

You’re everything I need and more
It’s written all over your face
Baby I can feel your halo
Pray it won’t fade away

I can feel your halo halo halo
I can see your halo halo halo
I can feel your halo halo halo
I can see your halo halo halo

Third Listening Questions

“Remember those walls I built” means emotional walls. What are emotional walls? Why are they “tumbling down”?

How does Beyonce feel when she is near her man? How do you know?

She says “every rule I had I’m breaking”. What rules do you think she had in the past?

What does “think I’m addicted to your light” mean?

She says “swore I’d never fall again”. “Swore” is the past tense of swear. To swear means to promise. So, she promised to never fall again. Do you know what two words normally follow “fall”?

What does “you’re my saving grace” mean?

A Little Extra

Go ahead and check the answers below. If you’d like to work with this song a little bit more, here are three things you might do.

Can you find all the times in the song where there is no subject in the sentence?

What examples of non-standard English can you find?

First Listening Answers

What is this song about? This song is about a girl who really likes a boy.

What is a “halo”? A halo is a ring of light above someone’s head. Usually, angels have halos.

Second Listening Answers

What does “I can see your halo” mean? It means that she can see and feel how special he his. He’s like an angel. He’s a very good guy.

How does Beyonce feel about the man? She loves him.

Is this a new or an old relationship? She doesn’t say, but probably it’s a new relationship because she talks about being awakened and some other things.

Third Listening Answers

“Remember those walls I built” means emotional walls. What are emotional walls? Why are they “tumbling down”? Emotional walls stop us from becoming close to another person. Like saying “I won’t share my feelings because I don’t want to be hurt.” They’re tumbling down because she is getting close to him. Tumbling means falling.

How does Beyonce feel when she is near her man? How do you know? She feels very good. For example, she says “I got my angel now” and “You’re everything I need and more”.

She says “every rule I had I’m breaking”. What rules do you think she had in the past? We can’t know for sure, but probably her rules were about not becoming close to someone. For example, maybe she said that she would never tell some secrets. Or she would never become too close to someone.

What does “think I’m addicted to your light” mean? It means that he is so good that she can’t stop loving him.

She says “swore I’d never fall again”. “Swore” is the past tense of swear. To swear means to promise. So, she promised to never fall again. Do you know what two words normally follow “fall”. In love. The full expression is to fall in love.

What does “you’re my saving grace” mean? It means that he saved her.

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

How to listen to this song: If a Song Could Get Me You by Marit Larsen

How to listen to this song: “If a Song Could Get Me You” by Marit Larsen

You can also listen here, here, and here.

First Listening Question

What is this song about?

Second Listening Questions

Just guess. Who do you think ended the relationship? The girl or the boy?

What would she do to get him to be with her again?

Now read the lyrics

If A Song Could Get Me You Lyrics

I could try you with a waltz
I could try rock and roll
I could try it with the blues
If a song would do

I could sing it high or low
When I let you go you know
I thought it was for the best
Now it is so obvious

So here it is, here it goes
I could try it rock and roll
Change your life forever too
If a song could get me you
I could make it high or low
Sing it on the radio
If that is what I need to do
If a song could get me you

I could run for miles and miles
I’d take off and I’d start flying
I could cross land and sea
If you just believe me

I should not have hurt you so
This old house is not a home
Without you here, there’s no use
I’ve got no time left to lose

So here it is, here it goes
I could try it rock and roll
Change your life forever too
If a song could get me you
I could make it high or low
Sing it on the radio
If that is what I need to do
If a song could get me you

If a song could get me through
I’d sing my way, right back to you
Tell me how, to make it right
Tell me now, I’ll start tonight
I know I could make it last

I swear to you that if I knew
What I was getting myself into
I wouldn’t answer to my fears
I’d never leave you standing there

Just look at me

If you’d only see me
I would prove my love for you
I could swallow half the moon
Just tell me where, tell me when
I will have you back again

Yeah, here it is, here it goes
I could try rock and roll
Change your life forever too
If a song could get me you
I could make it high or low
Sing it on the radio
If that is what I need to do
If a song could get me you

Yeah, here it is, here it goes
I could try it rock and roll
Change your life forever too
If a song could get me you
I could make it high or low
Sing it on the radio
If that is what I need to do
If a song could get me you

Third Listening Questions

The main line of the song is “If a song could get me you”. This is half of a conditional sentence. How might you finish it? (Hint: There are many examples in the song.)

When do we use conditionals like this?

Who ended the relationship? How do you know?

What three types of music does she mention in the song?

Other than writing a song for him, what are some other things she says she would do?

A Little Extra

What things would you do? Try and write another verse to the song to help Marit get her boyfriend back.

First Listening Answers

What is this song about? This song is about a girl who wants to write a song to get her boyfriend to come back to her.

Second Listening Answers

Just guess. Who do you think ended the relationship? The girl or the boy? She says exactly in the lyrics, but right now, you should just guess. How does it feel to you?

What would she do to get him to be with her again? She would probably do anything, but she’s thinking about writing whatever kind of song would work.

Third Listening Answers

The main line of the song is “If a song could get me you”. This is half of a conditional sentence. How might you finish it? (Hint: There are many examples in the song.) She finishes it with lines that start with “I would” or “I could”. For example, she says: “I could try you with a waltz” and “I would prove my love for you”.

When do we use conditionals like this? This conditional is pretty rare. The form is [subject+past modal+base form of verb, if+subject+past modal+base form of verb]. We use it to describe what we would do in future impossible situations. She thinks it’s impossible for him to return, but if it were possible, she would write him a song.

Another example would be: I would study hard, if I would get an A. It means that an A is impossible, so I won’t study hard. But, if an A were possible (in the future), I would study hard (in the future).

Who ended the relationship? How do you know? She did. “I let you go” means she ended the relationship. She sings:

When I let you go you know
I thought it was for the best
Now it is so obvious

I swear to you that if I knew
What I was getting myself into
I wouldn’t answer to my fears
I’d never leave you standing there

What three types of music does she mention in the song? Waltz, Blues, and Rock and Roll.

Other than writing a song for him, what are some other things she says she would do?

Sing it on the radio

I could run for miles and miles
I’d take off and I’d start flying
I could cross land and sea
I could swallow half the moon

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

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