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Spanish/English song exchange: easy-to-understand songs

I'm posting this "for learning Spanish" because I hope people will suggest some Spanish songs that I can listen to!

Here are two songs in English that I think might be easy to understand, because the lyrics

--have a good plain meaning,

--are in reasonably correct, grammatical, English,

--are sung clearly, slowly, and in a cadence almost like spoken speech,

--do not rely heavily on cultural allusions.

 

It's a Lovely Day Today (Irving Berlin)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmOGD7DNa24

It's a Lovely Day Today (Irving Berlin)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmOGD7DNa24

"It's a lovely day today,
So whatever you've got to do,
You've got a lovely day to do it in, that's true;
And I hope whatever you've got to do
Is something that can be done by two,
For I'd really like to stay!


It's a lovely day today,
And whatever you've got to do,
I'd be so happy to be doing it with you;
But if you've got something that must be done,
And it can only be done by one,
There is nothing more to say--
Except it's a lovely day for saying--
'It's a lovely day.'"

 

Hobo's Lullaby (Pete Seeger) (a "hobo"--rare today, common in the 1930s--was a homeless casual laborer, who sought out temporary jobs, and traveled by hiding in railroad freight cars)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsfcZgnXapE

 

"Go to sleep, you weary hobo; let the towns drift slowly by;

Can't you hear the steel rails humming? That's the hobo's lullaby.

I know your clothes are torn and ragged, and you hair is turning grey;

Lift your head and smile at trouble--you'll find peace and rest someday.

So go to sleep, you weary hobo; let the towns drift slowly by;

Can't you hear the steel rails humming? That's the hobo's lullaby."

Dec 2, 2014 9:34 PM
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Dan Smith
Language Skills
English, Spanish
Learning Language
Spanish