English through song

Have restarted the English classes on Wednesdays and I am continuing to teach some students on a one-to-one basis.

In the English class I sometimes use songs. The text we use suggests some well known songs with simple words and well-known tunes. So last year we used “Stevie Wonder and I Just Called to Say I Love You” etc. One of the students brought me the song that they have used in their English class at school. Instead of Stevie Wonder they use Radiohead’s song Creep. The words came as a surprise. Made me wonder which text is closer to spoken English today.

No April rain
No flowers bloom
No wedding Saturday within the month of June
But what it is, is something true
Made up of these three words that I must say to youI just called to say I love you
I just called to say how much I care
I just called to say I love you
And I mean it from the bottom of my heart
You float like a feather
In a beautiful world,
I wish I was special!
You’re so fuckin’ special!
But I’m a creep.
I’m a weirdo.
What the hell and I doing here?
I don’t belong here.

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