Week3: Songs

posted on 16 Dec 2007 15:36 by littlekitty
Learning English through Lyrics

I have been a music lover since I was in elementary school (Prathom 4). In 1995 or 1996, I was a big fan of Spice Girls and Backstreet Boys. I really loved their music and I could sing every song I knew although I did not understand the meaning of them. One important thing I learned from singing was I was able to pronounce difficult words of my age and sounded like native speakers. I heard a lot and I memorized a lot then practiced singing and imitating sounds. Another benefit I had from singing was I knew a lot of vocabulary and was able to remember grammar usage from songs.

Now in my study plan, I am going to talk about new English vocabulary or expressions I learn from songs. I try to look for new eye-catching things I have not known before so I got nothing much. And here are what I got:

1. From the song You Give Me Something  by James Morrison

You only stay with me in the morning
You only hold me when I sleep
I was meant to tread the water
Now I’ve gotten in too deep
For every piece of me that wants you
Another piece backs away

to tread the water means to float vertically in the water by moving the legs and the arms up and down.*

I think it means the man senses some signs from the woman that she is fond of him. He is supposed to resist his feeling, but he definitely falls in love with her.

So "to tread the water" here should be interpreted that it means "fighting his feeling" (that's what I think)

2. From the song Over It  by Katharine McPhee.

Wanting you to be wanting me
No, that ain't no way to be.
How I feel, read my lips
Because I'm so over, I'm so over
I'm so…

Moving on, and it's my time.
You never were a friend of mine
Hurt at first, a little bit
And now I'm so over,
So over it

to be over something means to feel physically or mentally better after an illness or an upsetting experience.*

Example: I was sad because didn't get the job I want; however, I am over it now so don't worry about me.

3. From the song Just So You Know by Jesse McCartney.

Just so you know
This feelings taking control
Of me and I can't help it
I won’t sit around
I can't let him win now
Though you should know
I've tried my best to let go of you
But I don't want to
I just gotta say it all before you go
Just so you know

This phrase is used very often but I did not find it in Cambridge dictionary. Fortunately, I found a good explanation for this phrase from another website. (credit: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070901073612AAgddZX)

JUST SO - for the reason of, to make sure of,
YOU - 2nd person personal pronoun, the person being addressed
KNOW - understand, are aware of

Meaning "To make sure the listener understands"

Example: Oh! Just so you know, I'm leaving for London on 25th so don’t call me.

4. From the song Inconsolable by Backstreet Boys.

Baby I don't wanna waste another day
Keeping it inside, it's killing me cause
All I ever wanted comes right down to you (to you)
I wish that I could find the words to say
Baby I would tell you every time you leave
I'm inconsolable

inconsolable means impossible to comfort because of great sadness or unhappiness.*
Example: After Trisha lost her parents, she was inconsolable for many years.

5. From the song Turn Back Time by Aqua. I actually learned this one since I was in M.2. It helped me remember the if-clause well.

If only I could turn back time,
If only I had said what I still hide
If only I could turn back time,
I would stay for the night... for the night
The pattern for unreal condition sentence "If only + V.2..., + Subj. + would + V.1"