Kacey Musgraves – Follow Your Arrow – Learn English through Songs

In this English lesson, based on the song "Follow Your Arrow" by Kacey Musgraves, you'll learn about some words that are used as insults in English. Be careful using these words - this lesson is just meant so you can understand them, not so that you can use them. The song also mentions sex and drug use, so if you are offended by that, please choose another lesson: other lessons.

There are 6 steps in this lesson:

1 - Learn the new vocabulary words and idioms
2 - Listen to the song without reading the lyrics
3 - Read the lyrics
4 - Understand the text with my explanations
5 -​ Write the answers to the personal questions in the comments
6 - Sing along to the song 

1 - Vocabulary and Idiom List

bore - a boring person
whore - a derogatory term for a prostitute or person who sleeps with a lot of other people
prude - a derogatory term for a person who is sexually conservative
drunk - an alcoholic (a person who is addicted to alcohol)
son of a bitch - a derogatory term for anyone you don't like (very general, but very negative - a bitch is a term meaning 'female dog')

 2 - Listen to the Song (without reading the lyrics)

​3 - Read the lyrics

If you save yourself for marriage
You’re a bore
If you don’t save yourself for marriage
You’re a whore-able person
If you won’t have a drink
Then you’re a prude
But they’ll call you a drunk
As soon as you down the first one

If you can’t lose the weight
Then you’re just fat
But if you lose too much
Then you’re on crack
You’re damned if you do
And you’re damned if you don’t
So you might as well just do
Whatever you want
So

Make lots of noise
Kiss lots of boys
Or kiss lots of girls
If that’s something you’re into
When the straight and narrow
Gets a little too straight
Roll up a joint, or don’t
Just follow your arrow
Wherever it points, yeah
Follow your arrow
Wherever it points

If you don’t go to church
You’ll go to hell
If you’re the first one
On the front row
You’re self-righteous
Son of a-
Can’t win for losing
You’ll just disappoint ’em
Just ’cause you can’t beat ’em
Don’t mean you should join ’em

So make lots of noise
Kiss lots of boys
Or kiss lots of girls
If that’s something you’re into
When the straight and narrow
Gets a little too straight
Roll up a joint, or don’t
Just follow your arrow
Wherever it points, yeah
Follow your arrow
Wherever it points

Say what you think
Love who you love
‘Cause you just get
So many trips ’round the sun
Yeah, you only
Only live once

So make lots of noise
Kiss lots of boys
Or kiss lots of girls
If that’s what you’re into
When the straight and narrow
Gets a little too straight
Roll up a joint, I would
And follow your arrow
Wherever it points, yeah
Follow your arrow
Wherever it points

​4 - Check your understanding of the complicated parts of the text

What does it mean to “save yourself for marriage”?

 

What does it mean to “down” a drink?

 

What is crack?

 

Does Kacey sing that you have to smoke marijuana to be cool?

 

What is she referencing with “beat ’em” and “join ’em”?

 

What is a “trip around the sun”?

​5 - Answer these questions in the comments below: 

a) What drugs are legal in your country?

b) What is a scenario where you are damned if you do, damned if you don't?

c)​ Do you think it's important to follow your arrow? What does "follow your arrow" mean to you?

6 - Listen to the song again, and this time sing along!

​If you have any questions, let me know in the comments below.

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