I chose Teenage Dream mainly by Boyce Avenue than Katy Perry’s because of its complexity :p
I think you’re pretty without any make-up on
I think you’re funny when you tell the punch line wrong
I knew you got me when you let your walls come down.. down..
Three lines above are presented in Present Tense which is means that condition are happen every day or commonly happened. In brief, the boy admires the girl with every single her incompleteness as a woman who are make-up and bad jokes.
Before you met me I was alright but things were kind a heavy
You brought me to life
Now every February you’ll be my Valentine.. Valentine..
Now, they present the lyrics in Past Tense with two sequential events. The first event is a heavy life for the boy and the following event is the girl met him. Both of them are in the past form which is means that those events happened a long time ago. But, the last lyrics back into the Simple Present Tense with ‘every’ as a marker. From now on, the girl with company him in every single day, including valentine day 🙂 I feel that is so sweet. Apart from, whether I believe in Valentine days or not but this is so direct romanticism.
Let’s just talk all through the night
There’s no need to rush
We can dance until we die
You and I will be young forever
In the Katy Perry’s lyrics those two first lines are written “Let’s go all the way tonight, No regrets, just love” and the rest are just same. I don’t know why Boyce Avenue changed these two perfect lines but I feel that Boyce Avenue just made them better. Opened by Present Tense with routine activities they have planned (talking all night) and share dancing together, it is ended by Future Tense that reflects their hopes (young forever).
You make me feel like I’m living a teenage dream
The way you turn me on I can’t sleep
Let’s run away and don’t ever look back
Don’t ever look back
My heart stops when you look at me
Just one touch, now baby, I believe this is real
So take a chance and don’t ever look back
Don’t ever look back
This is the first Present Continuous Tense in this song, but it just a metaphor for being too happy. The girl always makes the boy feels happy and continuously happy all the time. The boy doesn’t want to see his sorrowful past time, all of his wants are just live today and future with the girl.
When you’re around me life is like a movie scene
I wasn’t happy until you became my queen
I finally found you, my missing puzzle piece
This is another metaphor describing the girl’s arrival to the boy’s life, and another sequence of Past Tense. The first past event is the boy was not happy and the following past event is she became his queen. The following effect can be identified by Present event which is the boy’s feeling is completed by the girl.
Well, you always have choices, whether you learn grammar from an old
boring grammar book or from an enjoying song or movie you can watch several times 😀