Thursday, 28 January 2010

haha....and squirm a bit too.

at my request one of my students bought a cd to the lesson last night.  his favourite song he said, was a very famous english song. very beautiful but he didnt understand the lyrics, so i said i'd help him with them.

the song was whiter shade of pale by procal harem.

have you ever actually listened to the lyrics of this song?...i had not. yes i had warbled thoughtlessly along to them but never tried to decipher their meaning.

so this is me....

We skipped the light fandango   ok so  here they're dancing
turned cartwheels 'cross the floor  ....really wildy dancing
I was feeling kinda seasick ....dancing til they feel sick
but the crowd called out for more ...people dont want them to stop
The room was humming harder
as the ceiling flew away...the room is spinning
When we called out for another drink
the waiter brought a tray...they order a lot more drinks
And so it was that later
as the miller told his tale....later when a man is telling them a story after all the dancing and drinking
that her face, at first just ghostly,
turned a whiter shade of pale
 ...her face turns completely white...she's feelinig ill.

kiyo looks awkward and rather crest fallen. he thought that this was a beautiful song about beautiful things, like love and moon light and turtle doves.
i explain that the words really are quite beautiful, like a love poem, but the meaning is not so romantic. infact it's very suggestive (teach new vocab). this, i explain is the british sense of humor...especially in the 1960's.

so what does the next verse mean?

She said, 'There is no reason
and the truth is plain to see.'
But I wandered through my playing cards
and would not let her be
one of sixteen vestal virgins
who were leaving for the coast
and although my eyes were open
they might have just as well've been closed

well...erm lets see. nothing is making sense to her....but she can see what he wants...da da daaaa....he's playing his game....wont leave her alone.

...erm yeah in short: he's very drunk. he meets a very drunk girl know. errrrm 'takes her home' *wink wink*

kiyo's eyes look like they might pop out of his head, he looks mortified... i try to keep straight face and appear unphased but a laugh explodes from my mouth, he sees the funny side. we both laugh. a lot.

p.s think im wrong? wikipedia it. 

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