I Drove All Night – Learning English Through Music

Roy OrbisonThis week was Shakespeare’s birthday (23 April). However, I was reminded by a Facebook fan (thanks, Lee) that it was also the singer and songwriter Roy Orbison‘s birthday, too.

Roy Orbison was born in 1936. He wrote many wonderful songs of which “Pretty Woman” is perhaps the most famous. Not only do I love the song, I love the film with Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.

However, I thought I’d share this song, “I Drove All Night” instead. I find this song so romantic and when I was younger I dreamed of someone ‘driving all night to get to me’. Sadly,it never happened. Roy Orbison recorded the song in 1987 but it was not released until 1992 after Cyndi Lauper┬áhad made it a hit first in 1989. Celine Dion later made a cover version of it in 2003.

Why Songs in English?

Songs are a wonderful way of practising your listening skills. They also help you appreciate the poetry of the words and collocations used in the English Language, for example, ‘your arms open wide’. Chunks of language are much easier to learn through songs.

Why not:

  • listen first to the song without the lyrics
  • listen to it again this time with the lyrics
  • sing along to the song
  • most important of all, enjoy it!

 

Lyrics

I had to escape, the city was sticky and cruel
Maybe I should have called you first
But I was dying to get to you

I was dreaming while I drove
The long straight road ahead
Uh-huh, yeah

Could taste your sweet kisses, your arms open wide
This fever for you was just burning me up inside

I drove all night to get to you
Is that all right?
I drove all night, crept in your room
Woke you from your sleep to make love to you
Is that all right?
I drove all night

What in this world keeps us from falling apart?
No matter where I go
I hear the beating of our one heart
I think about you when the night is cold and dark
Uh-huh, yeah

No one can move me the way that you do
Nothing erases this feeling between me and you
I drove all night to get to you
Is that all right?

I drove all night, crept in your room
Woke you from your sleep to make love to you
Is that all right?
I drove all night

Could taste your sweet kisses, your arms open wide
This fever for you was just burning me up inside

I drove all night to get to you
Is that all right?
I drove all night, crept in your room
Is that all right?
I drove all night

Have you ever driven all night to get to a loved one?

I hope you enjoyed this song. Please share the post if you liked it.

Ciao

Shanthi

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3 thoughts on “I Drove All Night – Learning English Through Music

  1. Dear Shanthi,
    I know what to record a song means, also I know what to make a hit is,
    But what ‘to make a cover version’ means? Technicalities ?
    Thanks. Lovely song, dangerous driving…

    • A cover version is simply a another version of the same song. So, the original song was by Roy Orbison and Cyndi Lauper and Celine Dion made their own versions of the song.
      Hope that helps.
      Thanks for stopping by, Rosy :-)

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