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Mindful song of the month – Send my love – Adele

Hello sunshine!

Today, I’m officially launching this new category called “Mindful Song of the Month”. Songs are a wonderful way to practice our listening skills but also to make us fall in love with the language, conveying (transmitting) all their positive vibes, making us think and reflect upon our emotions, all while making us sing and feel great! Am I right? This week’s song will be one by our beloved AdeleSend my love.

So here is how it’s going to work: here below are the lyrics with some missing words (blanks). I invite you to listen to the song in order to fill the text. You can listen as many times as you want. When you are happy with yourself, check your answer by downloading my super pretty pdf here, and then read the explanations below!

Lyrics

Just the guitar ok, cool.
Verse 1
This was all you, none of it* me
You put your ___ all on my body and told me, umm
You told me you were ready
For the big one*, for the big jump
I’d be your last ___, everlasting* you and me, umm
That was what you ___ me
I’m giving you up*
I’ve ___ it all
You set me free*
Chorus

Send my love to your new lover
Treat her better
We’ve gotta* let go of all of our ___
We both know we ain’t*___ no more
x2

Verse 2
I was too ___ you were trembling
You couldn’t handle* the hot heat rising (rising), umm
Baby I’m so rising*
I was running, you were ___
You couldn’t keep up*, you were ___down (down), umm
There’s only one way down
I’m giving you up
I’ve ___ it all
You set me free
Chorus
Send my love to your new lover
Treat her better
We’ve gotta let go of all of our ___
We both know we ain’t ___ no more
x2
If you’re ready, if you’re ready (Send my love to your new lover)
If you’re ready, are you ready? (Treat her better)
We’ve gotta let go of all of our ___
We both know we ain’t ___ no more
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Language difficulties from the song

  1. None of itnone means “not one”, as in “not even one”. When Adele says “this was all you, none of it me”, she means “this was all your fault, nothing of what happened was my fault.” Another example of none would be “How many oranges are left in the fridge?” “None, we used them all for breakfast”.
  2. The big one here is a reference to “the big love story”. Note also the expression “the one”, a concept especially widespread in the English-speaking world (people in Europe are way too cynical for such an idea!) It refers to this special person that is your soul-mate, the one that you are supposed to meet and love and be happy with for the rest of your life. What the lyrics mean is “you told me that you were ready to be with me forever, to marry me and have children, to settle down.”
  3. Everlasting means “lasting forever”. Something that lasts forever, never ends. And everlasting love is a very romantic idea. Do you believe in everlasting love?
  4. I’m giving you up: to give something/someone up is a phrasal verb and it means “to let go”. In general, when you say “I give up”, it means you quit, you stop doing something, as in “I gave up smoking”. It has a sense of abandon as well. Here, “I’m giving you up” means “I’m letting you go”, as she is ready to forgive the past and to accept that he will no longer be in her life.
  5. You set me free: note the collocation of the verb “to set” + adjective “free”: you liberated me. As an irregular verb, to set in the past has the same form (to set- set- set).
  6. We’ve gotta let go: “we’ve gotta” is an oral transformation of “we have got to”, which expresses an obligation. “We have to”, “We have got to”, “We must” are three different ways of saying the same thing. When English-speakers speak fast, they use “gotta” to blend in their speech.
  7. We ain’t kids: “ain’t” is slang for a negative auxiliary. It can mean “not to have” or “not to be”. You must guess from the context. Does she mean “we don’t have kids” or “we aren’t kids”? Well, since the rest of the sentence is “we ain’t kids no more”, and that children are normally a “forever situation”, we can safely conclude that what the singer meant was “we are not children anymore”, “we are adults now”.
  8. To handle: you can handle a situation or a person, that means “to face” a situation or a person. Strong emotions are sometimes hard to handle. And strong people too. This is what the lyrics mean: He wasn’t able to cope with, to face her, she was too strong and too “hot” for him.
  9. I’m so rising: could also be said “I’m rising so high”, and this sentence has a double meaning in this song. On the one hand she means that she was too much for him to handle, and on the second hand she means that she is rising (present continuous – at the moment) higher than the situation to forgive him and let go of the past.
  10. To keep up means to follow or to go as fast as the other person. The other person in this relationship was not able to keep up, the singer was going too fast for him.

Last notes

This song teaches us to let go of things and people of the past, as well as the importance to forgive those who have hurt us. Forgiving may seem hard at first, but it’s in fact just surrendering, giving up, letting go of anger. Forgiving doesn’t necessarily mean to continue a relationship, it means that in your heart, you don’t feel anger. But you have also learnt a lesson: this person wasn’t good for you and you shouldn’t have trusted them. And that’s ok. When we forgive, we let go of the past, and we create some space inside of us of new things to come. 

What do you think? Do you find it hard to forgive? Ask yourself who you could forgive and let go today.

Peace and light, 

Jessica