Misheard Lyrics: White Horse by Taylor Swift

White Horse: Misheard Lyrics
White Horse: Misheard Lyrics

Misheard or Misremembered?

Another Princes, it’s same with fairy tale
I’m not the one who sleep over feet
Leader rubs is swept well the scene

 
White Horse by Taylor Swift

 

Kate’s Cover of Breathe
We just recorded this cover version of Taylor Swift’s Breathe. I think Kate did a great job with the vocals and piano arrangement:

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X-Japan

Endless Rain: X -Japan
Endless Rain: X -Japan

A page introducing Japanese metal band X Japan. It references the ballad Endless Rain and the rock song Rusty Nail : Here is a live performances of the song:

The lyrics on the right are from the English version of Kurenai:

There used to be far more Japanese music fans in Hong Kong a few years ago, but K-Pop has come to dominate the Asian music scene in recent years.

x-japan1
KM Loves X-Japan

Taylor Swift’s Love Story

Love Story

‘Romeo, take me somewhere we can be alone,
I keep waiting for you,  but you never come.
You’ll be the prince and I’ll be the princess.
It’s a love story, baby, just say “yes”.’

Taylor Swift is one of the most popular singers amongst our students.

Margherita’s Music Recommendations

Margherta’s Music Recommendations

Hey What’s Up

I never noticed we had an English Corner Diary. I love being here at Lam Woo and I think that the English Corner is an awesome idea! It’s really cool here. The only thing is that people are way too stuck on Korean pop singers. You guys should listen to some more Bob Marley

and how about Radiohead?

Does anybody even know them?

Or since I come from Italy, I should probably give you guys some artists from my country…There you go:

Ligabue

Subsonica

Mellow Mood

Elisa

Tre Allegri Ragazzi Morti

Enjoy

Big Big World

It’s so very cold outside

The song being referred to is Big Big World by Emilia. It’s about 10 years old, but it is still quite popular among students here (in Hong Kong). The video below shows the lyrics to the song:

Here is a live version:

By the way, I am the ‘Richards’ (i.e., not the sexy one). The cool and handsome one is Chris, who was a Teaching Assistant at our school.

I’m still not sure why students here often address me using only my surname.  Maybe they think Mr Richards is too formal and Stephen is too informal, so they go with using the surname by itself (which tends to sound rude). Also, it doesn’t help that my surname sounds like a given name.

Some other  expatriate teachers get around this problem by having students address them with a title and given name (e.g., Mr. Bob, Miss Julie). Does it sound kindergartenish?

I guess it could be worse.  Hong Kong students sometimes given themselves the worst names possible. For example, I have taught:

  • Alien (male)
  • Hitler (male)
  • Beast (female)
  • Monkey (two females)
  • Uranus (one male and one female)

To see more weird names, you can visit: www.bigwhiteguy.com/tea/names.php

Fighting Yangqin

There’s a lot going on in these two pages. The top-left comment must have been written during the 2006-2007 academic year (when the new English Corner opened).

Fighting! This is an interesting term. It comes from English, obviously, but was popularized in Korea with a slightly different pronunciation (hwaiting – 화이팅) and with a different meaning. It serves as a form of encouragement (to yourself or others) to work harder and not give up (e.g., OMG! Exams are next week. Fighting!). It became part of Hong Kong slang, I think, after the Korean TV series Full House became popular here (you can find out more about the term at http://www.transparent.com/korean/hwaiting-fighting/).

At our school, success in inter-school music competitions, like the Music Festival, is very important. A lot of students are heavily involved as soloists or group members. We have an orchestra, symphonic band, Chinese orchestra, various choirs, vocal ensembles and chamber groups.

The yangqin is an interesting Chinese instrument —a trapezoidal zither player with mallets.

Fighting!