The following song was written by the American songwriter, Lyle
Lovett. (pictured left) It is in the country
music style, and has many examples of non-standard English.
Non-standard English can contain slang or grammar that you would not find
in formal or standard English. The use of ainít ( = is not),
and the use of them ( = those) in the first line of the chorus,
and in the first line of verse 3 are examples of non-standard English.
Now listen to the song (you may need to listen several times), and try and fill in the missing words. The numbers in brackets (5) tell you how many letters there are in the missing word.
Sentence: I hope you _____ (5) the song.
Missing word: enjoy (Ďenjoyí has 5 letters)
Try it! Send me your answers in email, or in a voice file if you can.
The night - sheís a true ___________ (9)
They shuffle in; they hear the _____ (5)
But by nightís end itís pure abandon
You look ______ (6) the floor
There ainít anyone alone
Closing time - unplug them people
Send them home - itís closing time
Ken - heís been mixing sound all evening
Sometimes I _____ (5) that boy - he ainít got no ears
And Cathyís laughing the way Cathyís always laughing
____ (4) on laughing Cathy; just make it out of here
So put them ______ (6) upon them tables
_____ (5) those empties upon the bar
And count your money; oh count my money
You hear them _______ (7) ringing - you know where you are
The nightís all thatís left behind
You take your part and Iíll take mine
Letís go on home
Itís closing time.
What do you think this song is about?
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