Maroon 5 – Sugar – Learn English through Songs

"Sugar" by Maroon 5

Learn English by listening to Maroon 5's "Sugar" and doing these exercises. It's not only a great song, it's also got a great video to go with it.

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

on my knees - when someone is on their knees, they are begging and pleading for the other person to do something (they might say this even if they really aren't physically on their knees)
sympathy - 1 - feelings of pity or sorrow for someone else going through a negative experience
2- a common feeling between two people (in this song, definition 2 is used)
to leave someone hanging - 1 - to not help someone in need
2 - to not answer someone's question/request (they are hanging and waiting for the answer)
it's killing me - it's really difficult for me
to play games - in relationships, business, or other areas, playing games means not speaking directly about the matter

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

​3 - Read the lyrics

December 6, 2014.
We're going to drive across LA and hit every wedding we possibly can.
It's gonna be awesome.
And we're late.
Let me get the door for you.

I'm hurting, baby,
I'm broken down, 
I need your loving, loving
I need it now
When I'm without you
I'm something weak
You got me begging, begging
I'm on my knees

I don't wanna be needing your love
I just wanna be deep in your love
And it's killing me when you're away,
ooh, baby,
'Cause I really don't care where you are
I just wanna be there where you are
And I gotta get one little taste
Your sugar
Yes, please
Won't you come and put it down on me?
I'm right here,
'cause I need
Little love, a little sympathy
Yeah, you show me good loving
Make it alright
Need a little sweetness in my life
Your sugar
Yes, please
Won't you come and put it down on me?

My broken pieces
You pick them up
Don't leave me hanging, hanging
Come give me some

When I'm without ya
I'm so insecure
You are the one thing,
one thing I'm living for

I don't wanna be needing your love
I just wanna be deep in your love
And it's killing me when you're away, ooh, baby,
'Cause I really don't care where you are
I just wanna be there where you are
And I gotta get one little taste

Your sugar
Yes, please
Won't you come and put it down on me?
I'm right here,
'Cause I need
Little love, a little sympathy

Yeah, you show me good loving
Make it alright
Need a little sweetness in my life
Your sugar! sugar!
Yes, please
yes, please
Won't you come and put it down on me?

Yeah I want that red velvet
I want that sugar sweet
Don't let nobody touch it
Unless that somebody's me
I gotta be your man
There ain't no other way
'Cause girl you're hotter than a southern California day

I don't wanna play no games
You don't gotta be afraid
Don't give me all that shy shit
No make-up on
That's my Sugar

Yes, please, please
Won't you come and put it down on me, down on me?
I'm right here, right here,
'cause I need, 'cause I need
Little love, a little sympathy
So, baby, yeah you show me good loving
Make it alright
Need a little sweetness in my life
Your sugar! sugar!
Yes, please, yes, please
Won't you come and put it down on me?

Sugar
Yes, please
Won't you come and put it down on me?
I'm right here, 'cause I need
Little love, a little sympathy
Yeah, you show me good loving
Make it alright
Need a little sweetness in my life
Your sugar! sugar!
Yes, please,
yes, please
Won't you come and put it down on me?
down on me, down on me

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

What does it mean to “hit” a wedding?

 

What is the difference between “on my knees” and “on my knee”?

 

What are three meanings of sugar (1 real, 2 metaphors)?

 

Is “never wanna play no games” standard English?

 

What does ’cause mean?

 

5 - Answer these questions in the comments below or send me an email: Nick@EnglishWithNick.de .

a) Have you ever been to a wedding before? What kind of music did they play?

b) What is more important? A good wedding or a good marriage?

c)​ What are weddings like in your home country?

d) What is your favorite part of the video?

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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One thought on “Maroon 5 – Sugar – Learn English through Songs

  1. Nick I am a great fan of songs to help learners who lack confidence in speaking
    So great post

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