The Wanted – Glad You Came – Learn English through Songs

Learn English by listening to the song "I'm Glad You Came" by The Wanted.

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

to count - 1) to see how many of something there are (He counted the number of people at the party - there were 10 people)
2) to be important (Seeing your family counts for more than how much money you earn)
to come - 1) to arrive or show up at an event (I am not going to com to the party tonight because I'm tired)
2) in sex, to have an orgasm (John and Sammy came at the same time during sex.)
spell - 1) writing or saying the letters of a word (You spell the word song S - O - N - G)
2) magic - saying a sets of words that have a magical effect on someone else (The witch cast a spell on her enemy)
time is slipping away - the feeling that time is going quickly and you don't have control over, so the moment will end (I only had 2 more days before I had to move away, and felt like time was slipping away)
 

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

​3 - Read the lyrics

The sun goes down
The stars come out
And all that counts
Is here and now
My universe will never be the same
I’m glad you came

You cast a spell on me,
spell on me
You hit me like the sky fell on me,
fell on me
And I decided you look well on me,
well on me
So let’s go somewhere no one else can see,
you and me

Turn the lights out now
Now I’ll take you by the hand
Hand you another drink
Drink it if you can
Can you spend a little time,
Time is slipping away,
Away from us so stay,
Stay with me I can make,
Make you glad you came

The sun goes down
The stars come out
And all that counts
Is here and now
My universe will never be the same
I’m glad you came
I’m glad you came

You cast a spell on me, spell on me
You hit me like the sky fell on me,
fell on me
And I decided you look well on me,
well on me
So let’s go somewhere no one else can see,
you and me

Turn the lights out now
Now I’ll take you by the hand
Hand you another drink
Drink it if you can
Can you spend a little time,
Time is slipping away,
Away from us so stay,
Stay with me I can make,
Make you glad you came

The sun goes down
The stars come out
And all that counts
Is here and now
My universe will never be the same
I’m glad you came
I’m glad you came

I’m glad you came
So glad you came
I’m glad you came
I’m glad you came

The sun goes down
The stars come out
And all that counts
Is here and now
My universe will never be the same
I’m glad you came
I’m glad you came

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

At the moment, what is important to the singer?

Which meaning of come does the singer mean? Arrive or have an orgasm?

Also, note that he uses lots of repetition, which I think sounds really cool. He uses the word “hand” to mean both the body part and to give someone something, the word drink as a noun and a verb, and so on.

​5 - Answer these questions in the comments below to get personalized feedback.

a) Which do you like better, daytime or nighttime? Before or after the sun goes down?

b) When deciding your future plans, what counts the most?

c)​ Have you ever felt like time was slipping away? What was happening?

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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