Wednesday, December 28

Rock in Space

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Do you remember the hit movie “ARMAGEDDON” back in 1998? It starred Bruce Willis and was directed by Michael Bay (creator of the “Transformers” series).

Today we are going to study the OST (Official Sound Track) of this movie.

The title of the OST is “I DON’T WANNA MISS A THING” by Aerosmith.

Steven Tyler is the vocalist of the band Aerosmith. He is known as the “Demon of Screamin.” (And if you watch music videos of him, you can see his prominently wide mouth.)  

Incidentally, he’s the father of the beautiful Liv Tyler, who also stars in “ARMAGEDDON” plus other good movies such as “Lord of the Rings” and “Jersey Girl.”  

Here’s the chorus of the song “I DON’T WANNA MISS A THING” :

I don't wanna close my eyes

I don't wanna fall asleep

'Cause I'd miss you, babe

And I don't wanna miss a thing

First of all, this is the scene in the story of the lyrics:

The main character in the song is lying in bed with his girlfriend. He can’t fall asleep and he just lies there watching her while she’s sleeping. You can know this from the beginning of the song:

I could lie awake just to hear you breathing

Watch you smile while you are sleeping

While you're far away and dreaming

I could spend my life in this sweet surrender

And just stay here lost in this moment forever

Well, every moment spent with you

Is a moment I treasure

He does this because he loves her so much.

The singer keeps on saying: “I don’t wanna miss a thing.

This means:

I don’t wanna miss anything.  = I don’t wanna miss a thing. (the same meaning/ stronger)

He doesn’t remember anything. = He doesn’t remember a thing. (the same meaning/ stronger)

You won’t feel anything. (It’s not painful) = You won’t feel a thing. (the same meaning/ stronger)

In the song, the word “miss” has two meanings:

1.       Feel sad because separated from somebody

Ex. I miss you. / I missed you. / I’m missing my family. / I’ll miss you. / I’ll be missing you when I go back.

-- And –

2.       Not see/ not experience something/ not talk etc. to someone

Ex. Where were you? You missed history class! / I fell asleep on the couch, so I missed the game. / The party will be fantastic! You mustn't miss it! / Are you looking for the boss? You just missed him (= He left just a while ago)

In short, the main character doesn’t wanna fall asleep because he doesn’t wanna miss his girlfriend (1st meaning). He just lies beside her and watches her.

Also, the character doesn’t wanna miss anything (2nd meaning).

It’s like every moment she spends with his girlfriend is a really great movie or show.

So he says:

I don't wanna close my eyes

'Cause I don't wanna miss a thing

He mixes the two meanings of the word “miss” in the song. 

Finally, he says that he can go to sleep and maybe have a dream about his girlfriend. But because she is really sweet and perfect, no dream can match reality. No dream will be enough:

'Cause even when I dream of you

The sweetest dream will never do *

I'd still miss you, babe

And I don't wanna miss a thing

* will never do = will never be enough

Here's the music video of the song from Youtube. Enjoy: 

Keep on learning !

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