Songs to Learn English: Present Continuous

How can songs help you learn English? Read this blog post!

Click on the title of each song below to view the video.

Tom’s Diner by Suzanne Vega

Released in 1984 by the American singer-songwriter

Theme: Daily routines, Memories

Expressions: ‘Story of an actor’ – a news article; ‘Hitching up her skirt’ – adjusting her skirt


Lemon Tree by Fool’s Garden

Released in 2021 by the German pop group

Theme: Boredom, Loneliness, Daily activities

Expressions: ‘Isolation is not good for me’ – Being alone; ‘Heavy cloud inside my head’ – a metaphor for feeling unhappy.


I’m Only Sleeping by The Beatles

Released by the British band in 1966

Theme: Morning routines, Behaviour

Expressions: ‘I’m miles away’ – I’m daydreaming, ‘Float upstream’ – dream, be very relaxed.


Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen

Released by the British rock group in 1979

Themes: Positive emotions, space rockets

Expressions: ‘Defying the laws of gravity’ – a figurative expression to describe something that is overcoming the natural force of gravity


I’m With You by Avril Lavigne

Released in 2002 by the Canadian pop singer-songwriter

Themes: Places in the city, Feeling alone

Expressions: ‘Trying to figure out this life’ – Trying to understand life, ‘I’m just out of my mind’ – I’m confused


We are Sailing by Rod Stewart

Released in 1975 by the British rock singer

Themes: Travel, Longing

Expressions: ‘Stormy waters’ – difficulties, challenges


Raining Like Magic by Raffi

Released in 1992 by the American-Canadian singer

Themes: Weather, Nature, Joy


Singing in the Rain by Gene Kelly

Released in 1952 in the film ‘Singing in the Rain’

Themes: Weather, Joy