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Hi, guys. This is Becky here with English Top Words. Today, we’re going to talk about one of my favorite topics, maybe ever. “Five Amazing Love Quotes from American Songs” and I'm going to sing for you a little bit of these quotes, real singing right here.
“Let's stay together. Loving you whether times are good or bad, happy or sad.” Al Green from “Let's Stay Together.” Our first amazing love quote is from Al Green, from his song “Let's Stay Together.” Now, first, I'm going to say it for you then, I'm going to sing it. Okay? “Let's stay together. Loving you weather times are good or bad, happy or sad.” Now, for Al Green, it's very important that you get very, what we call groovy. Got to get you feel the groove, and this chorus, this comes from the chorus.
♪ “Let’s, let’s stay together. Loving you weather times are good or bad, happy or sad.” ♪
Thank You, Al Green. That was beautiful, Al Green. Love it every time. Nice, slow song playing on a Friday night with your girlfriend or boyfriend. So, this quote, I love it because it means that Al Green or whoever is singing it to you is going to love you no matter if it's good times or bad times, if you're happy or if you're sad, and it kind of reminds me of the classic American wedding vows that we say. We say, “I will love you,” this is not exact, but we say, “I will love you in sickness or in health, till death do we part.” I like this song a lot. We should love each other in good times and bad, right? It's not true love if you're just loving in good times, right? I want you there in the bad times too.
Bette Midler from “Wind Beneath My Wings.” Our second amazing love quote is “You are the wind beneath my wings.” We first heard this from Bette Midler in her song “Wind Beneath My Wings.” Now, this is a very beautiful song. It comes from a movie called “Beaches” that was about two basically best friends. So, she's singing this to her best girlfriend and she's saying, “You are the wind beneath my wings.” In fact, you are the person who gives me this feeling that I can fly and you support me so that I feel like I can fly so you're the wind kind of beneath my wings. And it's this line is in the chorus repeated many times in the song and it goes like this,
♪ “Did you ever know that you're my hero? You're everything I would like to be. I can fly higher than an eagle, for you are the wind beneath my wings.” ♪
Something like that. I love that. Melody will make you cry, by the way. Girls, get the tissues ready.
“Oh, and then the spell was cast. And here we are in heaven, for you are mine at last.” Etta James from “At Last.” Okay, our third amazing love quote is Etta James. This is from her song “At Last.”
“Oh, and then the spell was cast. And here we are in heaven, for you are mine at last.” Now, let me talk for a minute about the phrase, “the spell was cast,” it's kind of like a witch that can cast a spell on you. And so, if you have a spell cast on you, it's like you are under this command from someone else and you are acting different because they made you do something, but it's like you're so in love with this person that you'll do anything for them. You're under a spell, you know, we might say. And so it's like, “we're in heaven together.” It feels like, “we're in heaven. I've been waiting so long to be with you. Here we are, you are mine at last.” Now, this may not surprise you but this is a popular wedding song. Etta James sang this; I want to say back in the 1960s. I might have that wrong but it also became popular from the Beyoncé movie a few years ago where she played Etta James and Beyoncé sang this song as well. This quote is right in the middle of the song so don't be surprised when I start very strong here. Here we go.
♪ “Oh, and then the spell was cast and here we are in heaven, for you are mine at last.” ♪ There's a lot of quaver in the voice in that song. Actually, it does come at the end of the song, sorry, not the not the middle but beautiful song. Recommend that song “At Last.” Check it out by Etta James.
“I keep the ends out for the tie that binds. Because you're mine, I walk the line.” Johnny Cash from “I Walk the Line.”
Our next amazing love quote is from Johnny Cash, one of my favorites. The quote is a little difficult, I think. Listen closely. “I keep the ends out for the tie that binds. Because you're mine, I walk the line.” “The tie that binds,” means like a tie or a connection to someone. You're bound to that person. Johnny actually wrote this song for his first wife, Vivian, as kind of a promise to her that he would not cheat on her on the road. So, by this lyric he's saying, “I keep my eye out in case anyone, I keep the ends out here,” he says, so it was like his eye. “I keep the eye, my ends out for any potential connection. I don't want to be connected to anyone else. “Because you're mine, I walk the line.” Now, “walking the line,” means to follow a strict line or path and not go out or away from that line, to follow the rules, basically. “Because you're mine, I'm following the rules. I am keeping my eye out in case, I make any connections that I'm not hoping or wanting to make.”
♪ “I keep the ends out for the tie that binds. Because you're mine, I walk the line.” ♪
Sorry, Johnny, had to go high on that one. Johnny did not follow those rules. In fact, when he met his second wife, June Carter Cash, who turned out to be the love of his life and on the day he met her he said, “You're the woman I'm going to marry someday.”
“My baby don't care for shows. My baby don't care for clothes. My baby just cares for me.” Nina Simone from “My Baby Just Cares for Me”
Oh my God, I love this song. Oh my God. Oh my God, I love this song. The next amazing love quote is, I'm going to say it's my favorite. I just love this song. It's by one of my favorite singers of all time, Nina Simone, absolute legend, wonderful pianist. Okay, here's the quote, “My baby don't care for shows. My baby don't care for clothes. My baby just cares for me.”
Now, maybe by the end there, you realize my baby is not her actual baby, like baby, no, no. This is her lover, her love interest. So, she's saying, “My baby don't care for shows.” My baby doesn't care about going to plays or maybe movies. “My baby don't care for clothes.” My lover doesn't care about buying the latest fashion trends. “My baby just cares for me.” My lover just cares about me. So, we don't need anything fancy. We don't have to do anything special. We just need to care and be with each other. And so, it's a great quote. Also, notice here, the grammar is completely wrong, “my baby don't,” you should say, “my baby doesn't” but this is for a stylistic flair, if you will. So, here is part of this amazing song, here we go.
♪ “My baby don't care for shows. My baby don't care for clothes. My baby just cares for me.” ♪
Oh, where is my piano backup? That song is gorgeous, please check out the whole song.
Thank you for listening to these five amazing love quotes. I hope you enjoyed all the singing, as well. I love karaoke. Let's go together sometime.
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♪ “Because your mine.” ♪
Oh, too low. Let's try it again. Johnny, Johnny, it's too low.
Now let me talk about-
Oh, I love this song.

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Which word or phrase do you like the most?


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Aung Zaw Myint.
Wednesday at 11:24 PM
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Thanks for your explanation of some famous love songs. Some love songs have beautiful lyrics with melodies of sensibility like poems and poetry with quality of beauty and sensitivity.

By the way, Let's stay together. Loving you whether times are good or bad.🤣 Not loving you weather times.

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Thank you so much for the lesson👍

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Hello Andry,


Thanks for you post!😄👍


That is a beautiful quote. ❤️️


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I like quote: because you are the wind beneath my wings)

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Oh my God!!!

That was beautiful!

She has a great voice. Thanks for the lesson.

You should keep it up. Keep singing for us.

I love this kind of music.

Kind regards from Brazil.

Alexandre
Thursday at 09:11 AM
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Where's the lesson transcript?