You Can Say That Again Revisited

Here’s a nice old song using our most recent Idiom of the Week. As you listen, take out a pen and paper and write the words you hear that go in the blanks. When you’re finished, click on “Continue reading” to check your answers!

“You Can Say That Again”

The Four Teens

You say that I’m your baby
That you love me, that you know
And you will right to the _____1_____
Oh baby, you can say that again
And again and again and again and again

You say that I’m your baby
That your love goes all the way
And this _____2_____ will never end
Oh honey, you can say that again

Well, I’ve never been loved so much
I’ve never had such a tender touch
It’s never been quite so _____3_____
This, I know, has got to be paradise

You say that you will _____4_____ me
All your life, through thick and thin
You don’t have to, honey
But baby, you can say that again
And again and again and again

Well, I’ve never been loved so much
I’ve never had such a tender touch
It’s never been quite so _____5_____
This, I know, has got to be paradise

You say that you will _____6_____ me
All your life, through thick and thin
You don’t have to, honey
But baby, you can say that again
And again and again and again

To see the answers, click on “Continue reading”:

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Happy New Year’s

Here’s an old song that many sing for New Year’s. It’s called “Auld Lang Syne” – it’s Scottish English for “old long since,” or “long long ago,” “days gone by,” or “old times.”

The song was originally written as a poem by Robert Burns in 1788, and it was later put to music. Here are the lyrics:

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days of auld lang syne!

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.
We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

Melancholy Revisited

Here’s a song using last week’s Awesome Adjective. Listen to the song and fill in the blanks with the words you hear. When you’re finished listening, click on “Continue reading” to see the answers:

Melancholy Man

by the Moody Blues

I’m a melancholy man, that’s what I am,
All the world surrounds me, and my ____1____ are on the ground.
I’m a very ____2____ man, doing what I can,
All the world astounds me and I think I understand
That we’re going to keep growing, wait and see.

When all the ____3____ are falling down
Into the sea and on the ground,
And angry voices carry on the wind,
A beam of light will fill your ____4____
And you’ll remember what’s been said
By all the good men this world’s ever known.

Another man is what you’ll see,
Who looks like you and looks like ____5____,
And yet somehow he will not feel the same,
His life caught up in misery, he doesn’t ____6____ like you and me,
‘Cause he can’t see what you and I can see.

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Bill Withers

Bill Withers is an American singer and song writer. He was born on July 4, 1938 in West Virginia. Bill joined the US Navy when he was 18 and served for 9 years. Afterwards, he moved to California and began his music career. Bill Withers has written some of the most well known songs of our time; “Ain’t No Sunshine“, “Grandma’s Hands“, “Just The Two Of Us” and many more. Below you can listen to Bill sing his song, “Lean On Me”. Also below is a video of the song with lyrics you can read.

Let us know what you think about the song in the comments section.

Is it a happy song or a sad song?

What does the phrase ‘lean on me‘ mean?

Do you have someone to ‘lean on‘ or does someone often ‘lean on‘ you?

What does the phrase ‘swallow your pride’ mean?

Have you ever had to ‘swallow your pride‘?

Listen to some of Bill Withers’ other songs and tell us what you’re favorite is.

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Gift of Gab

Here is a song from the Hip-Hop group, Blackalicious. The song goes through words that begin with the letters A, B, C, D, E, F and G. You can listen to the song and read the lyrics below. How many of the words do you know? What new words did learn or have questions about. The man who sings the song is named Gift of Gab. Do you know what it means to have the gift of gab? Do you know someone who has the gift of gab? Let us know in the comments section.

You can read the lyrics below...

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Happy Birthday, Marilyn Monroe!

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Marilyn Monroe is perhaps the most famous actress from America. She was born on June 1, 1926, which would make her 87 years old  – were she alive, that is.

Unfortunately, she died. In the year 1962, she was found dead in her home in California. The cause was probably a drug overdose, but there’s still a mystery about it.

Read the information below from Wikipedia, watch a video for a song written by Elton John about Marilyn, read the song’s lyrics, then take the quiz to test your comprehension.

Marilyn Monroe (real name: Norma Jeane Mortenson; June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) was an American actress, model, and singer, who became a major sex symbol, starring in a number of successful movies during the 1950s and early 1960s.

After spending much of her childhood in foster homes, Monroe began a career as a model, which led to a film contract in 1946 with Twentieth Century-Fox. Her early film appearances were small, but her performances in The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve (both 1950), drew attention.

By 1952 she had her first leading role in Don’t Bother to Knock and 1953 brought a lead in Niagara, a melodramatic mystery that showed her seductiveness. Her “dumb blonde” persona was used in later comedies such as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) and The Seven Year Itch (1955).

The final years of Monroe’s life were marked by illness, personal problems, and a reputation for unreliability and being difficult to work with. The circumstances of her death, from an overdose of barbiturates, have been the subject of debate. Though officially classified as a “probable suicide,” the possibility of an accidental overdose, as well as of murder, have not been ruled out.

In 1999, Monroe was ranked as the sixth-greatest female star of all time by the American Film Institute. In the decades following her death, she has often been called a cultural icon as well as the quintessential American sex symbol. In 2009, TV Guide Network named her No. 1 in Film’s Sexiest Women of All Time.

Candle in the Wind

by Elton John & Bernie Taupin

Goodbye Norma Jean
Though I never knew you at all
You had the grace to hold yourself
While those around you crawled
They crawled out of the woodwork
And they whispered into your brain
They set you on the treadmill
And they made you change your name

chorus

And it seems to me you lived your life
Like a candle in the wind
Never knowing who to cling to
When the rain set in
And I would have liked to have known you
But I was just a kid
Your candle burned out long before
Your legend ever did

Loneliness was tough
The toughest role you ever played
Hollywood created a superstar
And pain was the price you paid
Even when you died
Oh the press still hounded you
All the papers had to say
Was that Marilyn was found in the nude

[repeat chorus]

Goodbye Norma Jean
Though I never knew you at all
You had the grace to hold yourself
While those around you crawled
Goodbye Norma Jean
From the young man in the 22nd row
Who sees you as something more than sexual
More than just our Marilyn Monroe

[repeat chorus]

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