Isnaeni Achdiat
Understanding the song lyric as in this very popular song from chainsmoker, "something just like this"
Some people may guess what the song lyric is about, but the song writer never actually tells us.

Any tips to learn fast to understand the meaning of english-song lyrics so that I can express it correctly while re-performing the song by myself?

Jun 20, 2020 4:01 PM
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it is not a good idea for a complete novice to try to understand English "pop' songs. They are written solely to get the words rhyming in a melody, and often in such a way as to invoke different emotions, responses and memories for each individual listener.

Basically the song is about a man/boy who has been reading wondering and dreaming about about the fictitious characters in old books, he seems to be saying to his girlfriend I want to be like this and she is saying to him. I just want an ordinary person I can hold and miss. "something just like this'

To use that particular song for learning English -you can stop the video and write down the individual natural one line phrases of the song.

except the lines that say wanna.
FOR EXAMPLE
"I have been reading books" -of old
"The legends and the myths"
"Achilles and his gold"
"spider-man's control"
'And batman with his fists"
"And clearly I don't see myself upon that list"
"but she said but where do you want to go"
[wanna is only for the song indicating how natives speak but do not write]
"how much you want to risk"
"I'm not looking for somebody with some superhuman gifts"
"some super hero"
"some fairy tale bliss"
"Just something I can turn to"
"Somebody I can kiss"
"I want something just like this"

study the individual natural phrases on each line and leave understanding until later.

He wants to be a superhero. He doesn't think he will ever be on that list.
[HE BELIEVES HE CAN'T MAKE HER HAPPY WITHOUT BEING A SUPER HERO]
BUT:
she just wants a normal guy someone she can turn to
someone she can kiss
she wants something like this.

AND THEN LIKE MANY POP SONGS THERE IS A LITTLE TWIST TO THE SONG
is about him AGAIN he wants to be a superhero, then there is the second part with slightly modified lyrics for the male part[meaning the same] before settling back into the female part. She just wants something like this
"Something she can turn to"
Someone she can kiss" and miss
June 20, 2020
Isnaeni Achdiat
Language Skills
English, Indonesian
Learning Language
English