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Songs with CONDITIONALS

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Two great songs to revise and practice CONDITIONALS (IF):

1. Joan Osborne — One Of Us (CONDITIONAL 2: unreal about the present and future)

If God had a name what would it be?

Song Facts and Lyrics:

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Song Facts

«One of Us» is a song written by Eric Bazilian and originally released by Joan Osborne. Released in March 1995 on the album Relish, it became a Top 40 hit in November of that year. The song is the theme song for the American television series Joan of Arcadia. The song was nominated for three Grammys and peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100, but Osborne was unable to repeat the success and is considered a one-hit wonder.

Joan Elizabeth Osborne is an American singer-songwriter and interpreter of music, having recorded and performed in various popular American musical genres including pop, soul, R&B, blues and country.

Lyrics with gaps

One Of Us

If ________________had a name, what would it be?
And would you call it to his ________________
If you were faced with Him in all His ________________?
What would you ask if you had just one ________________?
And yeah, yeah, God is ________________
Yeah, yeah, God is ________________
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

What if God was one of us?
Just a slob like one of us?
Just a ________________on the bus
Trying to make His way ________________

If God had a ________________, what would it look like
And would you want to ________________
If seeing meant that you would have to ________________
In things like _______ and in Jesus and the ________________
And all the Prophets? And…

Yeah, yeah, God is ________________
Yeah, yeah, God is ________________
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

What if God was one of us
Just a ________________like one of us
Just a stranger on the ________________
Trying to make His way home?

Just tryin’ to make His way ________________
Back up to ________________all alone
Nobody callin’ on the ________________
‘Cept for the ________________, maybe, in Rome

Yeah, yeah, God is ________________
Yeah, yeah, God is ________________
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

What if God was one of us
Just a slob like one of us
Just a ________________on the ________________
Trying to make His way home?
Like a ________________rolling stone
________________up to Heaven all alone
Just tryin’ to make His way ________________
Nobody callin’ on the ________________
‘Cept for the ________________, maybe, in Rome

Lyrics

One Of Us

If God had a name what would it be?
And would you call it to his face?
If you were faced with Him in all His glory
What would you ask if you had just one question?

And yeah, yeah, God is great
Yeah, yeah, God is good
yeah, yeah, yeah-yeah-yeah

What if God was one of us?
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus
Tryin’ to make his way home?

If God had a face what would it look like?
And would you want to see if, seeing meant
That you would have to believe in things like heaven
And in Jesus and the saints, and all the prophets?

And yeah, yeah, God is great
Yeah, yeah, God is good
yeah, yeah, yeah-yeah-yeah

What if God was one of us?
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus
Tryin’ to make his way home?
Tryin’ to make his way home
Back up to heaven all alone
Nobody calling on the phone
‘Cept for the Pope maybe in Rome

And yeah, yeah, God is great
Yeah, yeah, God is good
yeah, yeah, yeah-yeah-yeah

What if God was one of us?
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus
Tryin’ to make his way home?
Like a holy rolling stone
Back up to heaven all alone

Just tryin’ to make his way home
Nobody callin’ on the phone
‘Cept for the Pope maybe in Rome

Translation of Lyrics into Russian

Один из нас (перевод: Лингво-лаборатория «Амальгама», http://www.amalgama-lab.com/)

Если бы у Бога было имя, как бы оно звучало?
И смог бы ты обратиться к Нему по имени?
Если бы предстал перед Ним во всём его величии,
Что бы ты спросил, если бы мог задать только один вопрос?

Да, да, Бог всемогущ.
Да, да, Бог всеблаг.
Да, да, да-да-да.

А если бы Бог был одним из нас?
Грубияном, каких немало,
Незнакомцем, добирающимся до дома
На автобусе?

Если бы у Бога было лицо, каким бы оно было?
И захотел бы ты увидеть его, если бы это требовало от тебя
Веры в небеса,
В Спасителя, в святых и в пророков?

Да, да, Бог всемогущ.
Да, да, Бог всеблаг.
Да, да, да-да-да.

А если бы Бог был одним из нас?
Грубияном, каких немало,
Незнакомцем, добирающимся до дома
На автобусе?
Просто добирающимся до дома…
…Назад, на небеса, в полном одиночестве.
Нет, он никому не звонит по телефону.
Может, только Папе Римскому…

Да, да, Бог всемогущ.
Да, да, Бог всеблаг.
Да, да, да-да-да.

А если бы Бог был одним из нас?
Грубияном, каких немало,
Незнакомцем, добирающимся до дома
На автобусе?
Как священный перекати-поле,
…Назад, на небеса, в полном одиночестве….

Он просто добирается до дома…
Нет, он никому не звонит по телефону.
Может, только Папе Римскому…

2. Adele — If It Hadn’t Been For Love (CONDITIONAL 3: unreal about the past / MIXED CONDITIONAL 2+3: unreal about the present + unreal about the past)

CONDITIONAL 3: Never woulda[1] hitch hiked to Birmingham, if it hadn’t been for love.

MIXED CONDITIONAL 2+3: I wouldn’t be wishing I was free, if it hadn’t been for love.

Song Facts and Lyrics:

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Song Facts

Adele Laurie Blue Adkins known as Adele, is a British singer and songwriter. The success of her first Album 21 earned Adele numerous mentions in the Guinness Book of World Records.

«If It Hadn’t Been for Love» was written by Michael Henderson and Christopher Stapleton. Adele stated, «I love this song because the sentiment is about killing the singer’s wife. I would certainly kill some of my ex-boyfriends! And I reckon all of the concertgoers would as well! I reckon you’ve all got an ex, unless you’re a lucky one that’s been with the one person all your life — I don’t know how lucky that is, though, to be honest!»

Lyrics with Gaps

«If It Hadn’t Been For Love»

Never woulda ________________to Birmingham
If it hadn’t been for love
Never woulda caught the ________________to Louisiana
If it hadn’t been for love
Never woulda run through the ________________rain
Without one ________________to my name
If it hadn’t been
If it hadn’t been for love

Never woulda seen the ________________that I’m in
If it hadn’t been for love
Woulda been gone like a wayward ________________
If it hadn’t been for love
Nobody ________________it better than me
I wouldn’t be wishing I was ________________
If it hadn’t been
If it hadn’t been for love

CHORUS:

Four cold ________________against my ________________
At least I know he’s ________________still
Four cold walls without ________________
Lord have mercy on my ________________

Never woulda gone to that ________________of town
If it hadn’t been for love
Never woulda took a ________________to track him down
If it hadn’t been for love
Never woulda ________________up a forty four
Put myself behind a ________________house door
If it hadn’t been
If it hadn’t been for love

CHORUS

Never woulda ________________to Birmingham
If it hadn’t been for love
Never woulda caught the ________________to Louisiana
If it hadn’t been for love
Never woulda ________________up a forty four
Put myself behind a ________________house door
If it hadn’t been… If it hadn’t been for love….

Lyrics

«If It Hadn’t Been For Love»

Never woulda hitch hiked to Birmingham
If it hadn’t been for love
Never woulda caught the train to Louisiana
If it hadn’t been for love
Never woulda run through the blindin’ rain
Without one dollar to my name
If it hadn’t been
If it hadn’t been for love

Never woulda seen the trouble that I’m in
If it hadn’t been for love
Woulda been gone like a wayward (переменчивый) wind
If it hadn’t been for love
Nobody knows it better than me
I wouldn’t be wishing I was free
If it hadn’t been
If it hadn’t been for love

Four cold walls against my will
At least I know he’s lying still
Four cold walls without parole (досрочное освобождение)
Lord have mercy on my soul

Never woulda gone to that side of town
If it hadn’t been for love
Never woulda took a mind to track him down
If it hadn’t been for love
Never woulda loaded up a forty four
Put myself behind a jail house door
If it hadn’t been
If it hadn’t been for love

Four cold walls against my will
At least I know he’s lying still
Four cold walls without parole
Lord have mercy on my soul

Never woulda hitch hiked to Birmingham
If it hadn’t been for love
Never woulda caught the train to Louisiana
If it hadn’t been for love
Never woulda loaded up a forty four
Put myself behind a jail house door
If it hadn’t been
If it hadn’t been for love
If it hadn’t been
If it hadn’t been for love
If it hadn’t been
If it hadn’t been for love

Translation of Lyrics into Russian

Если бы не любовь (перевод: Лингво-лаборатория «Амальгама», http://www.amalgama-lab.com/)
Я бы никогда не добралась автостопом в Бирмингем,
Если бы не любовь,
Никогда бы не села на поезд в Луизиану,
Если бы не любовь,
Никогда бы не убежала во время дождя
Без гроша в кармане,
Если бы
Если бы не любовь

Никогда бы не оказалась в такой беде, как сейчас,
Если бы не любовь,
Я бы бесследно исчезла, словно ветер,
Если бы не любовь,
Никто не знает это лучше меня,
Я бы не желала свободы,
Если бы
Если бы не любовь

Четыре холодные стены против моей воли,
По крайней мере, я знаю, что она мертва,
Четыре холодные стены без шанса выбраться,
Господи, смилуйся надо мной

Никогда бы не поехала в ту часть города,
Если бы не любовь,
Никогда бы не решила найти ее,
Если бы не любовь,
Никогда бы не попала в камеру 44,
Не оказалась бы за решеткой,
Если бы
Если бы не любовь

Четыре холодные стены против моей воли,
По крайней мере, я знаю, что она мертва,
Четыре холодные стены без шанса выбраться,
Господи, смилуйся надо мной

Я бы никогда не добралась автостопом в Бирмингем,
Если бы не любовь,
Никогда бы не села на поезд в Луизиану,
Если бы не любовь,
Никогда бы не попала в камеру 44,
Не оказалась бы за решеткой,
Если бы
Если бы не любовь

 

  1. woulda = would’ve = would have
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