Monday, September 22, 2014

Phrases from Pharrell's "Happy" Explained

Sunshine, she's here. You can take a break.
Meaning: I feel like the sun is shining on me. It's time to relax.

I'm a hot air balloon. I could go to space.
Meaning: I feel light and free, as light as a hot air balloon floating to space.

With the air like I don't care, baby, by the way.
Meaning: I feel completely carefree, having no worries, like floating on air.

Here come bad news, talking this and that.
Meaning: When someone is "talking this and that," it's like he or she is sharing gossip or other unpleasant information.  Here, the singer means that "bad news" comes but is not welcome.

Yeah, give me all you got. Don't hold back.
Meaning: Two idioms here that mean the same thing. "Give me all you got" and "don't hold back" both mean I'm not afraid to receive the bad thing you want to give me, so just give it all to me - I don't care.  Here, the singer means that bad news can come, I don't care. I'm not afraid of it.

I should probably warn you, I'll be just fine.
Meaning: The singer is still talking to "bad news." Bad news can come, but I can handle it, so don't be surprised when I don't lose my happiness.

No offense to you, don't waste your time.
Meaning: When we say "no offense to you," we mean that my words might sound offensive, but I don't mean to be offensive.  So the singer says, "Don't waste your time" to that bad news that is trying to kill his happiness.

Clap along...
Meaning: Join me in my state of happiness.

The four "clap along's":
If you feel like a room without a roof.
If you feel like happiness is the truth.
If you know what happiness is to you.
If you feel like that's what you want to do.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Taylor Swift - Interview on Good Morning America

Vocabulary and Idioms from the interview:

Interviewer: Your lyrics are very telling.
Meaning: The words of your songs tell a lot about you and your personality.

Interviewer:  It's so applicable to anyone and everyone.
Meaning: "Applicable" means that the meaning of the words apply to many people in different situations.

TS: We live in a take-down culture.
Meaning: People in our culture enjoy seeing successful people fail because they are envious or jealous of their success.

TS: We did three days of shooting.
Meaning: They filmed the music video for three days.

Interviewer: You're with people who are in successful, creative endeavors.
Meaning: "Endeavors" are projects that are usually new and exciting.

Interviewer: That's what happens when you grow up in front of a worldwide audience. You take a lot of flack.
Meaning: "To take a lot of flack" means that someone receives a lot of criticism, usually negative and hurtful.

Interviewer: I'm so rooting for her on this new album.
Meaning: "To root for someone" is to cheer for her and hope that she or her project becomes successful.

"You have to not only live your life in spite of people who don't understand you. You have to have more fun than they do." - Taylor Swift