Video Watch: Naive by The Kooks

May 8, 2007 - Columbus, OH - The Kooks, a Brit...

May 8, 2007 – Columbus, OH – The Kooks, a British Indie Rock band perform several songs in the CD101 studios for a small crowd while on their U.S. tour. Photo is of guitarist and lead vocalist, Luke Pritchard. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Who are the Kooks?

The Kooks are a British Indie Rock band from Brighton. Their music makes me think of bands like Sam Roberts, Snow Patrol and Arctic Monkeys. The underground feel to music is something I’ve always liked and they definitely have that going on. I want to thank one of my learners, LC, for having made me discovered this song. We were speaking about being naïve in class and he remembered this tune.

The Video Link

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkaMiaRLgvY

 

Naïve (song lyrics)

I’m not saying it’s your fault
Although you could have done more
Oh you’re so naive yet so
How could this be done
By such a smiling sweetheart.
Oh and your sweet and pretty face
In such an ugly world
Something so beautiful.
Oh that every time I look inside

I know, she knows that i’m not fond of asking
True or false, it may be… Well, she’s still out to get me.
And I know, she knows that i’m not fond of asking
True or false, it may be… She’s still out to get me!

I may say it was your fault
Because i know you could have done more
Oh you’re so naive yet so
How could this be done
By such a smiling sweetheart.
Ohh and your sweet and pretty face
In such an ugly world
Something so beautiful.
That every time I look inside

I know, she knows that i’m not fond of asking
True or false, it may be… Well, she’s still out to get me.
And I know, she knows that i’m not fond of asking
True or false, it may be… She’s still out to get me!

So how could this be done
By such a smiling sweetheart
You’re so naive yet so
You’re such an ugly thing
For someone so beautiful
That every time you’re on his side

I know, she knows that i’m not fond of asking
True or false, it may be… Well, she’s still out to get me.
And I know, she knows that i’m not fond of asking
True or false, it may be… She’s still out to get me!

Just don’t let me down
Just don’t let me down
Hold on to your kite
(x3)

 

Cover of "Naive Pt.1"

Cover of Naive Pt.1

My Interpretation

His girlfriend seems to be an alcoholic. Alcohol affects her so much that it makes her do things that she shouldn’t like cheating on him. She keeps looking for him in the video but she is so drunk that she sleeps with someone else.
He says” I know she knows that I’m not fond of asking”. This means that they both know she has a drinking problem, and they both know that he doesn’t want to drive her away by asking her to stop.

Sad song!

Phraseology

  • I am not saying it’s  your fault. (i.e. it is out of your control. You are not to blame)
  • You are so naïve.  (i.e. you are innocent, you don’t realize what alcohol does to you)
  • I am not fond of  asking (i.e. I don’t like asking)
  • She is still out to get me (i.e. she keeps looking for me. She wants me)
  • You could have done more (i.e. unreal situation in the past that seems like a reprimand)
  • Sweetheart (i.e. dear,  he has strong feelings for her)
  • Just don’t let me down  (i.e. don’t disappoint me)
  • Hold on to your kite  (i.e. don’t let go of me and our love)

Grammar

SO + ADJECTIVE = VERY + ADJECTIVE

  • She is so naïve.
  • I am so angry.
  • We are so hungry.

 

Fluency Boost

  1. What do you think of  the song?
  2. Do you think his girlfriend is to blame?
  3. What are you fond of?
  4. Can you tell us about a person that has let you down?
  5. Are you holding on to a kite that you should let go?

 

LEM…xo!

 

 

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