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Glad you came..

The first time I heard this song was because my husband suggested me to hear this song. Sang by his favorite covering band, Boyce Avenue, but this song originally sang by The Wanted. Glad you came.

Considering only by the grammar, I thought that the ‘you’ in this song had just left the ‘I’. But, if you look thoroughly the song lyrics as a whole, the ‘you’ still beside the ‘I’. Grammar is not everything, it just helps you to understand more the time and the stress of the focus.

Let’s examine if you don’t want to analyze 😉

Glad you came

The sun goes down
The stars come out
and all that counts
is here and now
my universe will never be the same
I’m glad you came

The Simple Present Tense shows the routines whereas I’m pretty sure that they are not literally sun and stars’ orbital movement. The first two lines just express the ordinary ups and downs of life that looks so ordinary until you come.

Don’t you see the ‘came’ word? That word trapped me because it is Past Tense verb, hence I wondered is ‘you’ still beside the ‘I’ until present?

Well, I have analyzed it too deeply, I premised that ‘you’ already left ‘I’ because it is written in Past Tense not in a Present Perfect Tense.

Then suddenly I remembered what my teacher said to me that song lyrics could ignore the grammatical pattern in order to get the right rhymes. It could be wrong. But when I sang ‘I’m glad you’ve come’ instead ‘I’m glad you came’, it sounds no difference at all in articulation or rhymes.

Then, why did the song author insist using ‘came’ instead of ‘have come’?

Wise man said, please don’t stay too long in the same point when you find a riddle. Let’s continue..

You cast a spell on me
You hit me like the sky fell on me
and I decided you look well on me
So let’s go somewhere no one else can see
you and me

Look at the first two verbs: cast, hit, decided. All in the past form, but it could be tricky because they are (cast and hit) the most loyal irregular verb community, they have exactly the same spelling and pronunciation in Verb 1 and 2, so? is that Simple Present Tense or Past Tense? I wish that the subject are not ‘you’, I would be happily ever after if the subject are ‘He or She or even it’.

How about ‘let’s go’? well, as far as I know, every ‘let’s’ is always followed by Verb 1, it is not helping at all. Still stick to the question

‘is ‘you’ still beside ‘I’ until today?’

no answer so far.

Turn the lights out now
Now I’ll take you by the hand
hand you another drink
drink if you can
can you spend a little time
away from us to stay
Stay with me I can make
Make you glad you came

Voilaa, everything has never been any clearer till the ‘now’ showed up! And suddenly one question is answered and blew up. Yes! The ‘you’ still beside the ‘I’ today and by tomorrow 🙂

Only one question left, why did the author make it Past Tense ‘came’ not Present Perfect Tense?

Because ‘you’ only came once in the past, ‘you’ never left the ‘I’ since the first time ‘you’ came, then it doesn’t need repetitive sign like ‘have come’ to illustrate it. It’s really damn romantic than using ‘have come’, isn’t it? 🙂

Understanding song lyrics with grammar taking into account

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
I’m complete

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 😀

Let’s be in love ~ Mari Bercinta (Sheila on 7)

Saat kau peroleh rasa
When you got your feeling

Dalam makna cinta
In lovers term

Tak hiraukan semua angkara
Ignore all greedy thought

Hanya satu buah titah
Only one word

Yang kami ejawantah
That you will obey

Terlalu banyak cinta kan binasa
Too much love will kill you

Yang indah kau rasa
The beauty that you felt

Yang manis kau beri
The sweetness that you gave

Walau itu hanya sementara
Even though it’s not last forever

Lihat dirimu…
Look at you

Semakin jauh mengayuh
Getting far away

Lewati segala tujuan hidup
Achieved all your living goals

Yang mungkin kau tempuh
That may be you’ve dreamed of

Tentukan yang utama
Find the one

Yang satu tercinta
That will be the only lover

Kan jadi teman hidup yang setia
To be your last life-partner

P.S. this lyrics translate may be not as exactly as it was written in Indonesia

Lucky

Do you hear me? I’m talking to you
Across the water across the deep blue ocean
Under the open sky, oh my, baby I’m trying

Boy I hear you in my dreams
I feel your whisper across the sea
I keep you with me in my heart
You make it easier when life gets hard

I’m lucky I’m in love with my best friend
Lucky to have been where I have been
Lucky to be coming home again
Ooh ooh ooh

They don’t know how long it takes
Waiting for a love like this
Every time we say goodbye
I wish we had one more kiss
I’ll wait for you I promise you, I will

I’m lucky I’m in love with my best friend
Lucky to have been where I have been
Lucky to be coming home again

Lucky we’re in love in every way
Lucky to have stayed where we have stayed
Lucky to be coming home someday

And so I’m sailing through the sea
To an island where we’ll meet
You’ll hear the music fill the air
I’ll put a flower in your hair

Though the breezes through trees
Move so pretty you’re all I see
As the world keeps spinning ’round
You hold me right here, right now

I’m lucky I’m in love with my best friend
Lucky to have been where I have been
Lucky to be coming home again

I’m lucky we’re in love in every way
Lucky to have stayed where we have stayed
Lucky to be coming home someday

Ooh ooh ooh
Ooh ooh ooh, ooh

 

Fortunately, I shouldn’t sailing across the sea to meet you..

Mirror

With everything happening today
You dont know whether you’re coming or going
But you think that you’re on your way
Life lined up on the mirror dont blow it
Look at me when Im talkin to you
You looking at me but I’m lookin through you
I see the blood in your eyes
I see the love in disguise
I see the pain hidden in your pride
I see you’re not satisfied
And I dont see nobody else
I see myself I’m looking at the

Mirror on the wall, here we are again
Through my rise and fall
You’ve been my only friend
You told me that they can understand the man I am
So why are we here talkin’ to each other again

Oh, I see the truth in your lies
I see nobody by your side
but I’m with you when you re all alone
And you correct me when Im lookin wrong
I see that guilt beneath the shame
I see your soul through your window pane
I see the scars that remain
I see you Moon, Im lookin at the..

Lookin at me now I can see my past
Damn I look just like my f-ckin dad
Light it up, thats smokin’ mirrors
I even look good in the broken mirror
I see my momma smile thats a blessin
I see the change, I see the message
and no message could been any clearer
So I’m starting with the man in the…

uh…

Mirror on the wall, here we are again
Through my rise and fall
You’ve been my only friend
You told me that they can understand the man I am
So why are we here talkin’ to each other again

(so why are we talkin’ to each other again)

Mirror on the wall.

Richard Marx – Now and Forever

Whenever I’m weary from the battles that rage in my head
You make sense of madness when my sanity hangs by a thread
I lose my way but still you seem to understand
Now and forever I will be your man.

Sometimes I just hold you
Too caught up in me to see
I’m holding a fortune that heaven has given to me
I’ll try to show you each and every way I can
Now and forever I will be your man

Now I can rest my worries and always be sure
That I won’t be alone anymore
If I’d only known you were there all the time
All this time

Until the day the ocean doesn’t touch the sand
Now and forever I will be your man

Lucky

Do you hear me? I’m talking to you
Across the water across the deep blue ocean
Under the open sky, oh my baby I’m trying

Boy I hear you in my dreams
I feel your whisper across the sea
I keep you with me in my heart
You make it easier when life gets hard

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