I’m yours! Such romantic words and a great tune by Jason Mraz. Music is a great way to learn English and so for today’s English lesson, let’s have a look at some of the idioms and phrases he uses in lyrics of his big hit, I’m Yours. Here is a short excerpt, for educational purposes only:
Well you done done me and you bet I felt it…I tried to be chill but you’re so hot that I melted…I fell right through the cracks, Now I’m trying to get back.
Ok, so let’s get started. You done means you have and is actually not standard English, but a variation used around the southern part of the USA. You done is generally followed by the past participle, but it can also be followed by a simple past verb. Here are some examples
- You done drunk all of the milk!
- You done come late every day this week.
- You done forgotten my birthday again.
So what does the “done” mean in the phrase “you done done me?” Well, that’s open to interpretation. She did something to him, that’s for sure. Then, he sings, “you bet I felt it.”
The phrase you bet means certainly or you can be sure. It is usually used to give emphasis to the sentence or phrase that follows it. For example,
Do I like pizza? You bet I do. (This means I certainly do like pizza). So the whole first phrase means something like, “Well, you have done that to me and I certainly felt it.”
Next, he sings “I tried to be chill,” To be chill means to be relaxed or not showing an emotional reaction. Here are some examples:
- I was being chill when the boss was talking about budget cuts.
- I tried to be chill when she started telling me that she already has a boyfriend.
And then hot means sexy or attractive
- Johnny Depp was so hot in that movie.
- Jenny looks hot in that red dress.
So the second line means, I tried to not show an emotional reaction, but because you are so sexy, I melted.
In the third line he sings, I fell right through the cracks. Right means exactly or precisely or immediately. We usually use right with verbs of movement. Here are some examples:
- He kicked the ball right into the goal.
- I went right home after work last night.
Finally, get back means to return to a place, or return to a previous condition or recover.
- Bob just got back from vacation.
- I have to work tomorrow, so I don’t want to get back too late.
- Tom is recovering from his surgery. It will be a while before he can get back.
I’ll let you interpret the exact meaning of the third line. Song lyrics are like poetry, so the interpretation can often be wide open. In any case, I hope you found this lesson helpful.
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