11 great English language song lyrics

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What is it about music that helps boost your English skills, confidence, and pronunciation?

English recently researched how popular music and culture inspire English learning, citing bands like The Beatles and One Direction as two of the best for helping you learn.

Common expressions, everyday language, descriptive words, and metaphors are all part of the English language and present in almost all song lyrics.

A song can provide an emotional connection between the music and the listener, providing a learner with new ways to express how they feel. Music and rhythm have also been shown to benefit memorization, which is a key component of learning.

Now you know the benefits of listening to music in English, here are some of our favorite lyrics to some of our favorite songs.

1. The Beatles – Blackbird

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise (More)

Find out how a teacher used the music of The Beatles to give French students a taste of British culture to motivate students to learn English.

2. The Cure – Friday I’m In Love –

Always take a big bite
It’s such a gorgeous sight
To see you eat in the middle of the night(More)

3. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud

Take me into your loving arms
Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars
Place your head on my beating heart(More)

4. The Smiths – How Soon Is Now?

I am the son
And the heir
Of a shyness that is criminally vulgar(More)

5. Neil Young – Heart of Gold

I’ve been in my mind
It’s such a fine line
That keeps me searchin’ for a heart of gold
And I’m gettin’ old(More)

6. U2 – City of Blinding Lights

And I miss you when you’re not around
I’m getting ready to leave the ground
Oh you look so beautiful tonight
In the city of blinding lights(More)

7. The Police – Every Breath You Take

Every move you make and every vow you break
Every smile you fake, every claim you stake, I’ll be watching you
Every move you make, every step you take, I’ll be watching you(More)

8. Bob Dylan – Mr. Tambourine Man

Hey! Mr Tambourine Man, play a song for me
I’m not sleepy and there is no place I’m going to
Hey! Mr Tambourine Man, play a song for me
In the jingle jangle morning, I’ll come followin’ you(More)

9. Madness – Our House

I remember way back then when
everything was true and when
we would have such a very good time
such a fine time(More)

10. Otis Reading – (Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay

Sittin’ in the morning sun
I’ll be sittin’ when the evening comes
Watching the ships roll in
Then I watch them roll away again(More)

11. Leonard Cohen – Everybody Knows

Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows that the war is over
Everybody knows that the good guys lost(More)

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