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Shallow

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From "A Star Is Born" soundtrack
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper

Tell me something girl
Are you happy in this modern world?
Or do you need more?
Is there somethin' else you're searching for?

I’m falling
In all the good times I find myself longing for change
And in the bad times I fear myself

Tell me something boy
Aren't you tired trying to fill that void?
Or do you need more?
Ain't it hard keeping it so hardcore?

I'm falling
In all the good times I find myself longing for change
And in the bad times I fear myself

I'm off the deep end, watch as I dive in
I’ll never meet the ground
Crash through the surface, where they can't hurt us
We're far from the shallow now

In the shallow, shallow
In the shallow, shallow
In the shallow, shallow
We're far from the shallow now

I'm off the deep end, watch as I dive in
I'll never meet the ground
Crash through the surface, where they can't hurt us
We're far from the shallow now

In the shallow, shallow
In the shallow, shallow
In the shallow, shallow
We're far from the shallow now!

Exercises
by Mª Isabel Pérez Torres

Exercises in pdf format / pdf short version

1.- Look at the wordcloud and check any word meanings that you do not know.

wordcloud

 

2.- Categorise these words into: verbs, nouns, adjectives, adverbs and prepositions.

3.- Now take the following sentence parts and connect them so that they make sense.

4.- Now, listen to the song. How are the lines in the song different from yours? Listen to it again and sing along.

5.- Link the expressions with their corresponding meaning.

Expression

Meaning

1. hardcore

A. to fill an emptiness (possibly in a destructive way, such as drinking)

2. to long for something

B. to be scared of something

3. ain’t it hard…?

C. to have a strong desire for something or to miss something

4. to fear something

D. intense and risky

5. To fill a void

E. isn’t it difficult…?

 

Rewrite the sentences in the following verses with the meaning from column 2, as in the example:

In all the good times I find myself longing for change = In all the good times I find myself with a strong desire for change

Tell me something boy
Aren't you tired trying to fill that void?
Or do you need more?
Ain't it hard keeping it so hardcore?

I'm falling
In all the good times I find myself longing for change
And in the bad times I fear myself

6. The second part of the song contains lot of references to the theme of water.

Below you find some literal and figurative meanings.

 

Expression Literal and Figurative meaning

 

in the shallow (part) (shallow waters)

Pict from Vern

 

in the shallow (part) (shallow waters)

L. in the area that is not deep

F. in the area that is not complex

 

to be off the deep end (go off the deep end)

Public domain photo

 

 

to be off the deep end (go off the deep end)

L. ….the deep part (of the pool, ocean, ..)


F. get angry or nervous and lose your temper or behave crazy

 

to dive in

Public domain photo

 

to dive in

L. to jump into water


F. to start doing something with enthusiasm

 

 

never meet the ground

Photo by Ohey Doctor

 

never meet the ground

L. do not touch the ground (with your feet)

F.  to feel emotionally high and that one will never come down to the ground

 

to crash through the surface (of the water)

Public domain photo

 

to crash through the surface (of the water)

L. jump into the water (with a big splash)

F. to go more deeply into something

 

7. Read again this part of the song and explain what it means in your own words. What does the singer feel?

I'm off the deep end, watch as I dive in
I’ll never meet the ground
Crash through the surface, where they can't hurt us
We're far from the shallow now

In the shallow, shallow
In the shallow, shallow
In the shallow, shallow We're far from the shallow now


8. If you have seen the film, discuss how the song and the film may be related.

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