A Song with Relative Clauses #10 & Noun Clauses

There is a lovely new song called Something just like this by The Chainsmokers & Coldplay. It has two verses and a chorus. The first verse is one long Compound Sentence. The chorus is a series of Noun Clauses, some of which contain Relative Clauses. The second verse is one long Complex Sentence.

Song: Something just like this

Verse #1:
I’ve been reading books of old,      

The legends and the myths,
Achilles and his gold,
Hercules and his gifts,
Spiderman’s control
And Batman with his fists,
And clearly, I don’t see myself upon that list.   

Chorus:
She said *”Where’d you wanna go?        * (Where do you want to go?)
*How much you wanna risk?                  * (How much do you want to risk?)
I’m not looking for somebody
With some superhuman gifts,
Some superhero, some fairytale bliss;
Just something I can turn to;
Somebody I can kiss.
I want something just like this.”            

Verse #2:
I’ve been reading books of old:
The legends and the myths,
The testaments they told,
The moon and its eclipse,
And Superman unrolls
*A suit before he lifts,                                 * (a superman suit ….. he flies)
But I’m not the kind of person that it fits.

** Many thanks to Rachael Crowe for the use of this photograph.** http://www.rachaelcrowe.com

Verse #1:
I’ve been reading books of old:
The legends and the myths,
Achilles and his gold,

Hercules and his gifts,
Spiderman’s control

And Batman with his fists, 
and clearly,
I don’t see myself upon that list.  

Verse #1:
A Compound Sentence
has two or more Independent Clauses joined by a Co-ordinating Conjunction.

1st Independent Clause: I’ve been reading books of old: the legends and the myths, Achilles and his gold, Hercules and his gifts, Spiderman’s control and Batman with his fists

Co-ordinating Conjunction: and

2nd Independent Clause: clearly, I don’t see myself upon that list

Chorus:
She said “Where’d you want to go?   
How much do you want to risk?
I’m not looking for somebody
With some superhuman gifts,
Some superhero,

Some fairytale bliss;
Just something I can turn to; Somebody I can kiss.
I want something just like this.”
The Chorus is a series of Noun Clauses introduced by, She said.

Noun Clauses:
She said,

“Where’d you want to go?
How much do you want to risk?
I’m not looking for somebody
With some superhuman gifts,
Some superhero,
Some fairytale bliss;
Just something I can turn to; Somebody I can kiss.
I want something just like this.”

Chorus:
She said “Where’d you want to go?   
How much do you want to risk?                   
I’m not looking for somebody
With some superhuman gifts,
Some superhero,

Some fairytale bliss;
Just something I can turn to;
Somebody I can kiss”.

I want something just like this.”
 

 

 

 

 


Verse #2
:

I’ve been reading books of old:
The legends and the myths,
The testaments they told,
The moon and its eclipse,
And Superman unrolls
A suit before he lifts
But I’m not the kind of person that it fits.

To watch the Youtube video with handy subtitles, click here.

Because Noun Clauses can be whole sentences and questions, we can find Adverb Clauses and Relative Clauses inside Noun Clauses. Inside the Noun Clauses in this song, we find the following Relative Clauses:

1. …  (which/that) I can turn to;
2. …  (who/that) I can kiss.
3. …
(which/that is) just like this.”

In the examples of Relative Clauses 1. and 2. we can omit the Relative Clause marker: who/that. In example 3. we have omitted the Relative Clause marker ‘which/that’ as well as the BE verb ‘is’, so we call this a Reduced Relative Clause.

 

Verse #2:
A Complex Sentence contains at least one Independent Clause and at least one Dependent Clause. Relative Clauses are Dependent Clauses and there are two in Verse #2:

1 … (which/that) they told,

2 …  that it fits.

There is also an Adverb Clause in Verse #2:

… before he lifts (Adverb Clause of Time.)
Adverb Clauses are always Dependent Clauses:

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