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Radiohead - present tense

This time I want to introduce a song that I liked on YouTube. Radiohead are a well known band all over the world, but their songs are very mellow and sometimes a bit sombre. This song has a nice melody and Thom Yorke (the lead singer) has a very high voice that complements the guitar well.

Here are the lyrics: -

This dance, this dance

Is like a weapon, is like a weapon

Of self-defence, of self-defence

Against the present, against the present

The present tense

No, I won't get heavy, don't get heavy

Keep it light and keep it moving

I am doing no harm

As my world comes crashing down

I'll be dancing, freaking out

Deaf, dumb, and blind


In you, I'm lost

In you, I'm lost

[Verse 2]

I won't turn around or the penny drops

Won't stop now, won't slack off

Or all this love will be in vain

To stop from falling down a mine

It's no one's business but mine

Where all this love has been in vain


In you, I'm lost

In you, I'm lost

In you, I'm lost

In you, I'm lost

This song includes a lot of short sentences with metaphorical meanings so don't worry if you don' understand. To me this songs talks about modern times and that it is easy to panic with so much going on.

Listen to the sounds that the singer doesn't pronouns like the 'g' in 'falling' or the 'f' in 'f'. This can help your listening and your own pronunciation.

I hope you enjoy the song and please leave a comment!


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