This song is a great way to test your listening skills. In it, they sing so fast that it can be difficult for native speakers to understand.
But before we get to the entire song, let's look at the first line:
"It's been one week since you looked at me..."
This is an example of a very typical expression that you need to know. Here's how we construct it:
"It's been" + length of time + "since" + action/event.
We use this construction to talk about the length of time that has passed since something specific happened.
Some other examples in the song are:
It's been five days since you laughed at me.
It's been three days since the living room.
Notice the last example: "The living room" isn't a typical event, but in this case, both the singer and the his girlfriend know what they are talking about.
Some examples in real life:
It's been 5 years since I last visited Munich. I want to go again.
It's been 6 months since my brother's birthday. I still need to buy him a present.
It's been an hour since he said he'd be here in 10 minutes. I'm going to call and see where he is.
The Song and The Lyrics
The lyrics: http://genius.com/Barenaked-ladies-one-week-lyrics
Don't worry if you can't understand all of them. They are difficult even for native speakers.
My favorite parts of the song
"I like the sushi 'cause it's never touched a frying pan" - just funny!
I have a tendency to wear my mind on my sleeve. I have a history of taking off my shirt.
Both of these expression are useful for describing someone:
I have a tendency to ... = I often do this
I have a history of... = In the past I have done this
Like Snickers, guaranteed to satisfy.
Snickers is a candy bar. In their ad campaigns, they often talk about how the candy bar will satisfy your hunger. Great word play!
So what do all of these lyrics mean? For the most part, they don't mean anything! It's just some people having fun making a lot of pop culture references. Not all songs have to be serious.
Time to Practice!
Write your answers in the comments below. Make sure to use the construction "It's been... since...":
1 - How long has it been since you went to a concert?
2 - How long has it been since you last ate?
3 - How long ago did you last speak English?
What did you think of the song? How much of it were you able to understand? Let me know!
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