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Learn English with songs: “Born to Run”

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So, who doesn’t love Bruce Springsteen?

1. Read the lyrics
2. Understand the vocabulary
3. SING!

Lyrics

In the day we sweat it out in the streets of a runaway american dream
At night we ride through mansions of glory in suicide machines
Sprung from cages out on highway 9,
Chrome wheeled, fuel injected and steppin out over the line
Baby this town rips the bones from your back
Its a death trap, it’s a suicide rap
We gotta get out while were young
`cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run

Wendy let me in I wanna be your friend
I want to guard your dreams and visions
Just wrap your legs round these velvet rims
And strap your hands across my engines
Together we could break this trap
Well run till we drop, baby well never go back
Will you walk with me out on the wire
`cause baby I’m just a scared and lonely rider
But I gotta find out how it feels
I want to know if love is wild, girl I want to know if love is real

Beyond the palace semi-powered drones scream down the boulevard
The girls comb their hair in rearview mirrors
And the boys try to look so hard
The amusement park rises bold and stark
Kids are huddled on the beach in a mist
I wanna die with you Wendy on the streets tonight
In an everlasting kiss

The highways jammed with broken heroes on a last chance power drive
Everybody’s out on the run tonight but there’s no place left to hide
Together Wendy well live with the sadness
I’ll love you with all the madness in my soul
Someday girl I don’t know when were gonna get to that place
Where we really want to go and well walk in the sun
But till then tramps like us baby we were born to run

Vocabulary

borntorunpicSweat – to produce a clear liquid from your skin when you are hot or nervous.

Runaway – someone (such as a child) who leaves home without permission : someone who runs away from home.

Mansions – a large and impressive house : the large house of a wealthy person.

Sprung – to help (someone) to get out of or escape from jail, prison, etc..

Chrome – a type of metal that is used to cover other metals in order to make them shiny.

Rips – to remove (something) quickly or violently.

Trap – a device that is used for catching animals.

Tramps – a person who travels from place to place and does not have a home or much money.

Guard – to protect (someone or something) from danger or attack.

Wrap – to put (your arms, legs, etc.) around someone or something.

Rims – the outer edge of a usually round object.

Wire – the beginning of a race, game, etc..

Drones – a deep continuous sound.

Stark – having a very plain and often cold or empty appearance.

Mist – water in the form of very small drops floating in the air or falling as rain.

Everlasting – lasting forever.

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