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Songs for Teaching English

Music is included with each song by clicking on the arrow in the audio player above the title. (You may have to wait several seconds for the file to load). Whatever your native language is, it’s good to know English if you’re a musician or a music lover.

Let’s sing along to these Songs for Learning English:

Against the Wind – Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band

It seems like yesterday But it was long ago Janey was lovely she was the queen of my nights There in the darkness with the radio, playin’ low The secrets that we shared Mountains that we moved Caught like a wildfire out of control ‘Til there was nothing left to burn and nothing left to prove

And I remember what she said to me How she swore that it never would end I remember how she held me, oh so tight Wish I didn’t know now what I didn’t know then

Against the wind We were running against the wind We were young and strong and we were running Against the wind

The years rolled slowly past And I found myself alone Surrounded by strangers I thought were my friends Found myself further and further from my home I guess I lost my way There were oh so many roads I was living to run and running to live Never worrying about paying or even how much I owed

Moving eight miles a minute for months at a time Breaking all of the rules that we bent Began to find myself searching Searching for shelter again and again

Against the wind I was running against the wind I found myself seeking shelter Against the wind

But those drifter’s days are past me now I’ve got so much more to think about Deadlines and commitments What to leave in, what to leave out

Against the wind I’m still running against the wind Well I’m older now but still running Against the wind Against the wind Against the wind….

All By Myself – Eric Carmen

When I was young
I never needed anyone
And making love was just for fun
Those days are gone

Living alone
I think of all the friends I’ve known
But when I dial the telephone
Nobody’s home

All by myself
Don’t want to be all by myself anymore
All by myself
Don’t want to live all by myself anymore

Hard to be sure
Sometimes I feel so insecure
And love so distant and obscure
Remains the cure

All by myself
Don’t want to be all by myself anymore
All by myself
Don’t want to live all by myself anymore

When I was young
I never needed anyone
And making love was just for fun
Those days are gone

All by myself
Don’t want to be all by myself anymore
All by myself
Don’t want to live all by myself anymore

All by myself
Don’t want to be all by myself anymore
All by myself
Don’t want to live all by myself anymore

All by myself
Don’t want to be all by myself anymore

Angel of the Morning – Juice Newton

There’ll be no strings to bind your hands not if my love can’t bind your heart And there’s no need to take a stand for it was I who chose to start I see no need to take me home, I’m old enough to face the dawn

CHORUS: Just call me angel of the morning, angel Just touch my cheek before you leave me, baby Just call me angel of the morning, angel Then slowly turn away from me

Maybe the sun’s light will be dim And it won’t matter anyhow If morning’s echo says we ve sinned, Well, it was what I wanted now And if we’re the victims of the night, I won’t be blinded by the light

Just call me angel of the morning, angel Just touch my cheek before you leave me, baby Just call me angel of the morning, angel Then slowly turn away I won’t beg you to stay with me

Through the tears of the day, Of the years, baby baby baby

Just call me angel of the morning, angel just touch my cheek before you leave me, baby

Candle In The Wind – Elton John

Goodbye Norma Jean Though I never knew you at all You had the grace to hold yourself While those around you crawled

They crawled out of the woodwork And they whispered into your brain They set you on the treadmill And they made you change your name

And it seems to me you lived your life Like a candle in the wind Never knowing who to cling to When the rain set in And I would have liked to have known you But I was just a kid Your candle burned out long before Your legend ever did

Loneliness was tough The toughest role you ever played Hollywood created a superstar And pain was the price you paid

Even when you died Oh the press still hounded you All the papers had to say Was that Marilyn was found in the nude

Goodbye Norma Jean From the young man in the 22nd row Who sees you as something as more than sexual More than just our Marilyn Monroe

And it seems to me you lived your life Like a candle in the wind Never knowing who to cling to When the rain set in And I would have liked to have known you But I was just a kid Your candle burned out long before Your legend ever did

 

Endless Love – Lionel Richie and Diana Ross

My love, there’s only you in my life The only thing that’s right My first love, you’re every breath that I take You’re every step I make

And I, I want to share all my love with you No one else will do And your eyes they tell me how much you care Oh, yes you will always be my endless love

Two hearts, two hearts that beat as one Our lives have just begun Forever I’ll hold you close in my arms I can’t resist your charms And love I’ll be a fool for you I’m sure You know I don’t mind ‘Cause you, you mean the world to me Oh, I know I found in you my endless love

Oh,- And love I’ll be that fool for you I’m sure you know I don’t mind And yes, you’ll be the only one ‘Cause no one can deny This love I have inside And I’ll give it all to you. My love My endless love

 Goodbye to a River – Don Henley 

The rains have come early, they say
We’re all gonna wash away
Well, that’s all right with me
If heaven’s torrent can wash clean
The arrogance that lies unseen

In the damage done since we have gone
Where we ought not to be
Goodbye to a river
Goodbye to a river
So long
Lakes and levees, dams and locks
They put that river in a box
Well, it was running wild
And men must have control

We live our lives in starts and fits
We lose our wonder bit by bit
We condescend and in the end
We lose our very souls

Goodbye to a river
Goodbye to a river
So long

The dirty water washes down
Poisoning the common ground
Taking sins of farm and town
And bearing them away

The captains of industry
And their tools on the hill
They’re killing everything divine
What will I tell this child of mine

I make a church out of words
As the years dull my senses
And I try to hold on to the world that I knew
I struggle to cross generational fences
And the beauty that still remains

I can touch it through you
Goodbye to a river
Goodbye to a river
So long

Goodbye to a river
Goodbye to a river
So long

Goodbye to a river
Goodbye to a river
So long

Goodbye to a river
Goodbye to a river
Roll on

I Just Called to Say I Love You – Stevie Wonder

No New Year’s Day to celebrate No chocolate covered candy hearts to give away No first of spring, no song to sing In fact here’s just another ordinary day

No April rain, no flowers bloom; No wedding Saturday within the month of June But what it is, is something true Made up of these three words that I must say to you

CHORUS: I just called to say I love you I just called to say how much I care I just called to say I love you And I mean it from the bottom of my heart

No summer’s high, no warm July No harvest moon to light one tender August night No autumn breeze, no falling leaves Not even time for birds to fly to southern skies

No Libra sun, no Halloween No giving thanks to all the Christmas joy you bring But what it is, though old so new To fill your heart like no three words could ever do

Repeat chorus twice

Of my heart, baby of my heart

 I  Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – U-2

I have climbed the highest mountains I have run through the fields Only to be with you Only to be with you

I have run I have crawled I have scaled these city walls Only to be with you But I still haven’t found What I’m looking for But I still haven’t found What I’m looking for

I have kissed honey lips Felt the healing in her fingertips It burned like fire This burning desire I have spoke with the tongue of angels I have held the hand of a devil It was warm in the night I was cold as a stone But I still haven’t found What I’m looking for But I still haven’t found What I’m looking for

I believe in the Kingdom Come Then all the colors will bleed into one But yes I’m still running. You broke the bonds You loosened the chains You carried the cross And my shame And my shame You know I believed it But I still haven’t found What I’m looking for But I still haven’t found What I’m looking for

Longer – Dan Fogelberg

Longer than there’ve been fishes in the ocean Higher than any bird ever flew
Longer than there’ve been stars up in the heavens I’ve been in love with you

Stronger than any mountain cathedral Truer than any tree ever grew
Deeper than any forest primeval I am in love with you

I’ll bring fire in the winters You’ll send showers in the springs
We’ll fly through the falls and summers With love on our wings

Through the years as the fire starts to mellow Burning lines in the book of our lives Though the binding cracks and the pages start to yellow
I’ll be in love with you I’ll be in love with you

Longer than there’ve been fishes in the ocean Higher than any bird ever flew
Longer than there’ve been stars up in the heavens I’ve been in love with you
I am in love with you

 

The Rose – Bette Midler

Some say love, it is a river that drowns the tender reed. Some say love, it is a razor that leaves your soul to bleed. Some say love, it is a hunger, an endless aching need. I say love, it is a flower, and you its only seed.

It’s the heart, afraid of breaking, that never learns to dance. It’s the dream, afraid of waking, that never takes a chance. It’s the one who won’t be taken, who cannot seem to give. And the soul, afraid of dyin’, that never learns to live.

When the night has been too lonely, and the road has been too long, And you think that love is only for the lucky and the strong, Just remember in the winter far beneath the bitter snows, Lies the seed, that with the sun’s love, in the spring becomes The Rose.

Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers

Oh, my love, my darling
I’ve hungered for your touch
A long, lonely time
Time goes by so slowly
And time can do so much
Are you still mine?
I need your love
I need your love
God speed your love to me

Lonely rivers flow
To the sea, to the sea
To the open arms of the sea
Lonely rivers sigh
“Wait for me, wait for me”
I’ll be coming home, wait for me

Oh, my love, my darling
I’ve hungered, for your touch
A long, lonely time
Time goes by so slowly
And time can do so much
Are you still mine?
I need your love
I need your love
God speed your love to me.

When You Believe – Whitney Houston

Many nights we’ve prayed
With no proof anyone could hear
In our hearts, a hopeful song
We barely understood

Now we are not afraid
Although we know there’s much to fear
We were moving mountains long
Before we knew we could, oh yes

[1] – There can be miracles when you believe
Though hope is frail, it’s hard to kill
Who knows what miracles you can achieve
When you believe, somehow you will
You will when you believe

Oh yeah, in this time of fear
When prayer so often proves in vain
Hope seems like the summer birds
Too swiftly flown away
Yet now I’m standing here
My heart so full I can’t explain
Seeking faith and speaking words
I never thought I’ll say

There can be miracles when you believe
Though hope is frail, it’s hard to kill
Who knows what miracles you can achieve
When you believe, somehow you will
You will when you believe

They don’t always happen when you ask
And it’s easy to give in to your fears
But when you’re blinded by your pain
Can’t see the way, get through the rain
A small but still, resilient voice
Says hope is very near, oh

There can be miracles when you believe
Though hope is frail, it’s hard to kill
Who knows what miracles you can achieve
When you believe, somehow you will
You will when you believe

You will when you
You will when you believe
Just believe
I believe, I believe
Just believe
You will when you believe

Without You – Maria Carey

No I can’t forget this evening
Or your face as you were leaving
But I guess that’s just the way
The story goes
You always smile but in your eyes
Your sorrow shows
Yes it shows
No I can’t forget tomorrow
When I think of all my sorrow
When I had you there
But then I let you go
And now it’s only fair
That I should let you know
What you should know

I can’t live
If living is without you
I can’t live
I can’t give anymore
I can’t live
If living is without you
I can’t give
I can’t give anymore

Well I can’t forget this evening
Or your face as you were leaving
But I guess that’s just the way
The story goes
You always smile but in your eyes
Your sorrow shows
Yes it shows
I can’t live
If living is without you
I can’t live
I can’t give anymore
I can’t live
If living is without you
I can’t give
I can’t give anymore

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Kolomyia Museum Visited with Students

Ukrainian students are very proud of their heritage and gladly visited the Kolomyia Museum of Hutsul Folk Art with me. Next week they will write articles on the artifacts. This will be especially helpful to me since the tour guide spoke only Ukrainian. I’ll give you a quick tour with minimal explanation (with all that I know!).

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Friendly People Who Live Behind Fences

I don’t think I’ve met kinder, more generous people than Ukrainians. But I wonder why such a friendly and charitable society would live their personal lives behind fences. Whether the home is large and ornate or tiny and somewhat ramshackle, it will be fronted by a fence. Some of the fences are also large and ornate and some are barely standing, but no home is without one (at least not in the neighborhood where I’m living).

Some of the reasons I’ve been told are to keep the families’ dogs and chickens from roaming, but also to keep burglars from entering. Whether it’s for protection or privacy, these fences add interest and beauty to the streets they line. See for yourself:

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Pizza and Politics

My greatest challenge has not been teaching (sometimes four or more of the same class in one day) ; it’s been the bureaucracy of this country. The visa I had to have to enter the country was only good for a limited time and another document must be processed by Monday, March 21. So far it’s required two trips to the county seat and being sent here and there to pay fees–almost 700 hryvnia.  $1 is currently equal to about 27 hryvnia (okay, it was only about $27 but since the average Ukrainian earns 1,600 hyyvnia a month, this is a lot of money). It’s not just the money that’s so frustrating; it’s the changing requirements that make it so difficult to comply. Peace Corps has sent volunteers to this region in the past; therefore, they thought they knew what would be required. But no, we needed seven additional documents. I have to go back Monday to pick up the document (Posvidka)–if it’s been processed. It was promised, so I’m trying to be confident I will still be in Ukraine after Monday. If not, at least I’ve tried New York Pizza in Ukraine.

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Initial Impressions of Ukraine (as compared to my life in Kazakhstan)

It’s been 22 years since I’ve been a Peace Corps volunteer in Kazakhstan. As I begin my second experience volunteering in the former Soviet Union, I’m discovering many changes but also quite a few similarities.  Most people I’ve met have a better life if you count more appliances (e.g., washing machines–but not dryers) and many more products available in shops.

Yet the similarities are more fascinating: families still live with (or at least near) parents and grandparents. I haven’t heard of any retirement homes and Assisted Living facilities. The toilet paper is the same and we must put used paper in the trash rather than flush it–evidence of infrastructure at less than U.S. standards. Best of all, the Ukrainian people are just as kind, helpful and accepting as those I encountered in Kazakhstan.

In Kazakhstan’s city centers, large and ornate buildings, especially churches and monuments were everyone. As we walked farther from the center, we noted quite different living conditions. Houses were closer to what we might call cabins and apartment buildings were several stories high and with little aesthetic appeal. Streets were rarely paved. To some extent, that’s what I’ve found in Kolomyia. The difference is that on any street there may be quite lovely brick homes next to what we might call  shacks. And not all streets are paved. More–but certainly not all–residents have cars, although I’ve only seen one gas station. People walk. If they can’t walk they will take local buses or taxis. P1090883

Some similarities between Kazakhstan and Kolomyia,  Ukraine but different from the U.S. include the bazaars and national allegiance. I love to shop in the bazaars, mostly outdoors with vendors in small booths, because of the amazing mix of products and typically at better prices than in the shops. For example, I bought a pair of leather, ankle high boots for 850 hryvnia (about $31). Their allegiance to Ukrainian culture is shown by everyone wearing clothes with Ukrainian designs.  Child in traditional blouse I was shown yearbooks of the children I now live with and each child in each class wore something Ukrainian. Can you imagine that in U.S. schools?

I’ll end today’s article with two more differences; first, the cost of internet access. Eat your hearts out! I have mobile internet access for 30 hryvnia a month (just over a dollar). I can receive emails at just about anytime and any place (so write to me!). Finally, today, March 8 is a national holiday with ALL schools closed. We are celebrating International Women’s Day! I suspect some of you haven’t even heard of that holiday and none of you are given the day off. Right? Let’s change that!

 

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Scenes from 1st Week in Kolomyia (my home for the next 10 months)

After I was sworn in as a PC Respons volulteer by the country director, I immediately boarded a train to Kolomyia (a 14 hour ride.)  Walk with me starting at  my new home,. We'll see the city center, bazaar, some commemorative statues along the way and even view trains passing near the station.

After I was sworn in as a PC Response volunteer by the country director, I immediately boarded a train to Kolomyia (a 14 hour ride.)
Walk with me starting at my new home,. We’ll see the city center, bazaar, some commemorative statues along the way; we’ll stop at the Pedagogical College where I’ll be teaching, and even view trains passing near the station.

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Images from Joyce’s Weekend tour of Kiev

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