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Pop song rewrites 3 – Valentine’s Day rewrite of Long Distance

Here’s another Valentine’s themed rewrite of a pop song by one of our students at International House Santa Clara.  This time the song is Long Distance by Bruno Mars, rewritten and retitled as This Distraction

This distraction, a rewrite of Long distance by Bruno Mars

There are only so many things that

I can do to pass the time

And I’m freaking out because you don’t make me happy

Oooohhh, no

All I have is my sister to make me laugh

But what I need is you, every day

Being with you, is just what I want

But you are so distracted

And it’s so hard, you’re so blind

This blindness is killing me

I wish that you would look at me

But you are so distracted

And it’s so hard, you are so blind

This blindness is killing me

It’s so hard, it’s so hard

To tell you what I feel

And you are so blind

This blindness is killing me

And I say what I feel

And I don’t have anything to lose

You don’t know who I am

But I’m telling you soon, telling you soon

All I have is my sister to make me laugh

But what I need is you, every day.


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Pop song rewrites 2 – The only exception

Continuing our series of students’ rewrites of contemporary pop songs for Valentine’s Day 2012, here is a version of Paramore’s song The only exception.  Ladies and gentlemen, we bring you…

My Valentine, a rewrite of Paramore’s The only exception by Joana…

When I was single

I saw a pretty boy smile and laugh and sing

I blinked…and he watched

As I tried to get to know him better

And we, we both swore

That we would never forget that day

Because it was a special date

It was the fantastic Valentine’s Day

‘Cos darling, you are my Valentine (x 4)

Maybe we should go somewhere

Quiet and beautiful

Where love always lasts

And we’ve got to find that place

To go together or just not go at all

And I’ve always been like this

Living all alone without you

And up until now

It was perfectly okay

But then you came

And you screwed that up

Because you are just the one

That works for me

Well, you are my Valentine

I’ve got just you and nobody else

But I can’t show it, it’s so deep inside of me

I have just a lot of feelings

Stuck in my soul

But I know that I can count on you

You are my Valentine

And I want to really trust in you

Oh I want to really trust in you

And here’s the original which inspired this rewrite…

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Pop song rewrites 1 – We found love

Love was in the air at International House Santa Clara in February 2012 as our students in Teens  5, 6, 7 , and 8 got creative by rewriting some of their favourite pop songs with a Valentine’s Day theme.  We were really impressed with what they came up with and thought we’d share some of the song rewrites here on our blog.

First up is a Valentine’s version of Rihanna’s 2011 hit We found love.  We’ve linked to the video here so you can sing along with the alternative lyrics…

We found love – Vanessa’s rewrite of the song by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris

Red hearts in the sky

We are spending a happy day

As we know it’s Valentine’s

We are falling in love

And now it’s time to start another life

And you will love that

We found love on a happy day

We found love on a happy day

We found love on a happy day

We found love on a HAPPY DAY!

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Room 101 – The world would be a better place if we didn’t have…

Supposing you had the chance to get rid of some of your worst nightmares.  The chance to extinguish things that really annoy you from the world forever.  What would they be?  Room 101 is a place where all the things that you hate can be banished.

During our July 2012 summer course our B2 level students gave some really entertaining and thought-provoking presentations about the things they would like to remove from the world to make it a better place.  They had to convince their classmates that the things they had chosen were worthless.  When you’ve read their ideas, I’m sure you’ll be able to imagine the lively debates that followed these presentations.

The first contribution questions the value of reality TV shows

I want to banish reality shows to Room 101 because they are really annoying.  Reality shows are just a group of people who spend all their time talking about things that don’t really matter.  Things like the lives of famous people, their own private lives, and other stupid, pointless things.

I think that people who take part in reality shows give up their private lives to be famous.  Everyone knows everything about them.  How sad!

Most of the time these people aren’t very intelligent and reality shows often become violent with a lot of arguments.

I can’t understand why people watch them.  If they were banished to Room 101, the world would be a better place and there would be more time for more interesting programmes on TV.

Did this proposal convince you?  Would the world be a better place if we didn’t have reality TV?  What about if we were to remove rich people from the world?  Here’s another presentation for you to consider…

I’d like to get rid of rich people.

I have two main reasons to support my idea.  Firstly, because rich people are so selfish and their hearts are so cold.  They can’t see the realities of the world they live in because they have everything they need and want.  Secondly, earning millions of dollars often has roots in corruption which has serious consequences for honest people.

We don’t need to be so rich.  We should be more equal and redistribute wealth to everyone.

If we removed wealthy people, the world would be a happier place because the distribution of money would be more equal.  People would be nicer to each other and we would have fewer wars in our world.

Our next proposal concerns another type of TV show.  This time it’s soap operas that are under scrutiny…

My idea is to get rid of soap operas.

Firstly because they are boring and they are all the same.  Secondly, because if we watch one episode per week we can understand everything that has been happening.  They are just so predictable!  Why do people waste their time watching them?  Everyone knows what’ll happen in the end.  The good characters get happy endings and bad people end up in prison or die.

What’s more, if soaps were taken off our screens, the world would be a happier place because these shows set really bad examples of behaviour to people that watch them.  For example, many people are influenced by what they watch and may start acting like the characters do in soaps.

A world without soaps would be a change for the better.

Last but not least, here is a proposal to rid the world of politicians

I’d like to get rid of politicians.

Firstly, because there are too many in our country and we don’t need so many.  Secondly, too often they don’t do what they promise to do when they are campaigning for election.  Finally, they often take advantage of their position.  Power leads to greed.

If politicians were removed from the world, people wouldn’t need to pay so much money to governments.  Fewer or no politicians at all would mean we wouldn’t need to pay their salaries.  This money could then be spent on helping poor people.  The money could be used to buy food and houses for those who need support.

So, four proposals for things which, if they didn’t exist, would make the world a better place.  How would you improve the world?

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