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Songs with WISH

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Three songs to revise and practice sentences with WISH (regrets and wishes):

1. Nina Simone — I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free (WISH + could do / Past Simple)

I wish I knew how it would feel to be free.

I wish I could break all the chains holding me.

Song Facts and Lyrics:

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Song Facts

Nina Simone (1933 – April 21, 2003) was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist. She worked in a broad range of musical styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop.

«I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free» is a gospel/jazz song written by Billy Taylor and «Dick Dallas. Billy Taylor has explained: «I wrote this song, perhaps my best-known composition, for my daughter Kim. This is one of the best renditions I’ve done, because it is very spiritual.

Lyrics with gaps

«I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free»

I wish I _______________________ how
It would feel to be _______________________
I wish I could _______________________
All the chains holding me
I wish I could _______________________
All the things that I should to say
Say ’em loud say ’em clear
For the whole round _______________________ to hear

I wish I could _______________________
All the love that’s in my _______________________
Remove all the bars
That _______________________ us apart
I wish you could _______________________
What it means to be me
Then you’d see and _______________________
Everyone should be free

I wish I could _______________________
All I’m longin’ to give
I wish I could _______________________
Like I’m longin’ to live
I wish I could do
All the _______________________ that I can do
Though I’m way _______________________
I’d be starting _______________________.

I wish I could be like a _______________________ in the sky
How _______________________ it would be
If I found out I could _______________________
I’d _______________________ to the sun
And look down at the _______________________
And I sing ’cause I know

How it feels to be _______________________

 

Lyrics

«I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free»

I wish I knew how
It would feel to be free
I wish I could break
All the chains holding me
I wish I could say
All the things that I should to say
Say ’em loud say ’em clear
For the whole round world to hear

I wish I could share
All the love that’s in my heart
Remove all the bars
That keep us apart
I wish you could know
What it means to be me
Then you’d see and agree
Everyone should be free

I wish I could give
All I’m longin’ to give
I wish I could live
Like I’m longin’ to live
I wish I could do
All the things that I can do
Though I’m way overdue
I’d be starting anew.

I wish I could be like a bird in the sky
How sweet it would be
If I found out I could fly
I’d soar to the sun
And look down at the sea
And I sing ’cause I know

How it feels to be free.

Translation of Lyrics into Russian

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

Жаль, что я не знаю, как это — чувствовать себя свободным
Жаль, что я не могу сломать все цепи, сдерживающие меня
Жаль, что я не могу сказать все, что должен
Сказать громко и ясно,
Чтобы весь мир услышал

Жаль, что я не могу поделиться
Всей любовью, что находится в моем сердце
Убрать все бары, что отдаляют нас
И жаль, что Вы не можешь знать, как это быть мной
Тогда бы Вы увидели и согласились, что каждый человек должен быть свободным

Жаль, что я не могу парить в небе как птица
Как было бы здорово, если бы я обнаружил, что могу летать
Отлично, я бы поднялся к солнцу и посмотрел вниз, на море
И я бы пел, потому что я знаю, как это – чувствовать себя свободным!

Жаль, что я не знаю, как это — чувствовать себя свободным
Жаль, что я не могу сломать все цепи, сдерживающие меня
Жаль, что я не могу сказать все, что должен
Сказать громко и ясно,
Чтобы весь мир услышал
Сказать громко и ясно,
Чтобы весь мир услышал
Сказать громко и ясно,
Чтобы весь мир услышал

Одна любовь, одна кровь
Дана одна жизнь, чтобы сделать все, что ты должен
Одна жизнь, чтобы прожить друг с другом
Сестры, братья

Одна любовь, но мы все разные
Мы должны поддерживать друг друга, поддерживать друг друга
Одни, Одни, Одни…

Жаль, что я не знаю, как это — чувствовать себя свободным
Жаль, что я не знаю, как это — чувствовать себя свободным

2. Milow — You and Me (In My Pocket) (WISH + Past Simple)

I sometimes wish you were a mermaid.

 

Song Facts and Lyrics:

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Song Facts

Jonathan Vandenbroeck (born 14 July 1981), better known by his stage name Milow, is a Belgian singer-songwriter and one of the most successful DIY musicians in Europe (DIY musicians: bands or solo artists releasing their music on self-funded record label). His second self-released album Coming of Age in 2008 achieved major commercial success all over mainland Europe.

«You and Me (In My Pocket)» is a sweetly sung but deceptively twisted love song which became the lead single for the album released in 2011. The single became a European airplay hit and peaked at #3 in Germany, at #6 in Belgium and Austria, and at #10 in Switzerland.

 

Lyrics with Gaps

You and Me (In My Pocket)

I wish you smelled a little _____________________
Not just _____________________really bad
We could roam the streets forever
Just like cats but we’d never stray
I sometimes wish you were a _____________________
I could raise you in the tub at home
We could take a swim together
On weekly day trips to the bay

Oh you and me
It would be only you and me
Oh you and me
It would be only you and me

I wish you were a little _____________________
Not just _____________________but really fat
Doors you would no longer fit through
In my bed you would have to stay
I often wish that you had _____________________
I’d keep you in a giant cage
All day long I’d sit and watch you
I’d sing for you and that would be okay

People say there are plenty of fish
In the sea, baby, all I do is _____________________

I wish you were a little _____________________
Not just _____________________but paralyzed
Then I could plug you into a socket
So you could never run away
I really wish that you were _____________________
Not just _____________________but really really short
So I could put you in my pocket
And carry you around all day

Lyrics

You and Me (In My Pocket)

I wish you smelled a little funny
Not just funny really bad
We could roam the streets forever
Just like cats but we’d never stray
I sometimes wish you were a mermaid
I could raise you in the tub at home
We could take a swim together
On weekly day trips to the bay

Oh you and me
It would be only you and me
Oh you and me
It would be only you and me

I wish you were a little bigger
Not just big but really fat
Doors you would no longer fit through
In my bed you would have to stay
I often wish that you had feathers
I’d keep you in a giant cage
All day long I’d sit and watch you
I’d sing for you and that would be okay

People say there are plenty of fish
In the sea, baby, all I do is wish

I wish you were a little slower
Not just slow but paralyzed
Then I could plug you into a socket
So you could never run away
I really wish that you were smaller
Not just small but really really short
So I could put you in my pocket
And carry you around all day

3. James Blunt — Tears And Rain (WISH + could do / Past Simple / Past Perfect)

I WISH + COULD DO: How I wish I could surrender my soul.

I WISH + PAST SIMPLE: How I wish I screamed out loud instead I found no meaning.

I WISH + PAST PERFECT: How I wish I’d chosen darkness from cold. (I’d chosen = I had chosen)

 

Song Facts and Lyrics:

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Song Facts

James Hillier Blount (born 22 February 1974), better known by his stage name James Blunt, is an English singer-songwriter. He rose to prominence in 2004 with the release of his debut studio album Back to Bedlam, before achieving worldwide fame with the singles «You’re Beautiful» and «Goodbye My Lover». The album sold over 11 million copies worldwide, topping the UK Albums Chart and peaking at number two in the US. The song «Tears and Rain» is from that album.

Lyrics with Gaps

Tears And Rain

How I wish I could ____________________ my soul

Shed the clothes that become my skin

See the liar that ____________________

within my needing.

How I wish I’d ____________________

darkness from cold.

How I wish I ____________________ out loud

Instead I found no meaning.

 

CHORUS

I guess it’s time I ____________________ far far away

Find comfort in ____________________.

All pleasure’s the same.

It just keeps me from ____________________,

Hides my true shape like Dorian Gray.

I’ve heard what they say

But I’m not here for ____________________.

It’s more than just ____________________

It’s just tears and rain.

 

How I wish I could ____________________ through

The doors of my mind

____________________ memory close at hand

Help me understand the years.

How I wish I could ____________________ between

Heaven and hell.

How I wish I’d ____________________ my soul

I’m so cold from fear.

CHORUS

 

Lyrics

Tears And Rain

How I wish I could surrender my soul

Shed the clothes that become my skin

See the liar that burns

within my needing.

How I wish I’d chosen

darkness from cold.

How I wish I screamed out loud

Instead I found no meaning.

 

I guess it’s time I run far far away

Find comfort in pain.

All pleasure’s the same.

It just keeps me from trouble,

Hides my true shape like Dorian Gray.

I’ve heard what they say

But I’m not here for trouble.

It’s more than just words

It’s just tears and rain.

 

How I wish I could walk through

The doors of my mind

Hold memory close at hand

Help me understand the years.

How I wish I could choose between

Heaven and hell.

How I wish I’d save my soul

I’m so cold from fear.

 

I guess it’s time I run far far away

Find comfort in pain.

All pleasure’s the same,

It just keeps me from trouble,

Hides my true shape like Dorian Gray.

I’ve heard what they say

But I’m not hear for trouble.

It’s more than just words

It’s just tears and rain.

Translation of Lyrics into Russian

Слёзы и дождь (перевод: Лингво-лаборатория «Амальгама», http://www.amalgama-lab.com/)
Если бы только я мог отречься oт своей души,
Сбросить одежду, которая стала моей кожей,
Увидеть ложь
В огне моих желаний.
Если бы только я мог выбрать
Холодную тьму.
Я так хотел бы закричать во весь голос,
Но вместо этого не нахожу никакого смысла.

Думаю, мне пора бежать далеко-далеко отсюда
И найти покой в страданиях.
Все наслаждения одинаковы,
Они всего лишь берегут меня от тревог
И прячут в тени мое настоящее Я, как портрет Дориана Грея.
Я слышал их речи,
И не останусь здесь, потому что не ищу покоя.
Это больше, чем просто слова,
Это слезы и дождь.

Если бы только я мог пройти
Сквозь двери своего разума,
Держать память под рукой —
Она помогла бы мне понять ход времени.
И если б можно было выбирать
Между небесами и пропастью,
Спасти свою душу…
Мне так холодно от страха.

Думаю, мне пора бежать далеко-далеко отсюда
И найти покой в страданиях.
Все наслаждения одинаковы,
Они всего лишь берегут меня от тревог
И прячут в тени мое настоящее Я, как портрет Дориана Грея.
Я слышал их речи,
И не останусь здесь, потому что не ищу покоя.
Это больше, чем просто слова,
Это слезы и дождь.

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