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The Song
A monthly column in Speak Up explaining the language used in songs.

- ABBA – Waterloo (May 2022)

- Red Hot Chili Peppers – Californication (April 2022)

- Måneskin – Beggin’ (March 2022)

- The Beatles – Hey Jude (February 2022)

- David Bowie – Life On Mars? (January 2022)

- Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You (December 2021)

- Lady Gaga – Poker Face (November 2021)

- Michael Jackson – ThrillerSpanish edition (October 2021)

- Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit (September 2021)

- Aretha Franklin – Respect (August 2021)

- The Doors – Light My Fire (July 2021)

- The Beatles – Here Comes The Sun (June 2021)

- Bob Dylan – Blowin’ In The Wind (May 2021)

- Adele – Someone Like You (April 2021)

- Alicia Keys – No One (July 2008)

- Bryan Adams – Summer of ’69 (June 2008)

- Queen – We Are The Champions (May 2008)

- Kim Carnes – Bette Davis Eyes (April 2008)

- The Beatles – Yellow Submarine (February 2008, issue n. 279 in Brazil)

- Jimi Hendrix – Hey Joe (January 2008)

- John and Yoko – Happy Christmas (War Is Over) (December 2007)

- The Buggles – Video Killed The Radio Star (November 2007, issue n. 272 in Brazil)

- Supertramp – Breakfast In America / Gym Class Heroes – Cupid’s Chokehold (October 2007)

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The cover story of the June 2007 issue of Speak Up was How Good Is Their English?, a test of the language skills of Italian pop stars. Written by Fergal Kavanagh, this led to regular feature The Song, where Speak Up’s esperto musicale looked at the story behind a song and analysed the lyrics. Many of these have also been published in the Brazilian edition of Speak Up.

- How Good Is Their English

The cover story of the November 2018 issue of Speak Up was a double-page look at Freddie Mercury, written by Fergal Kavanagh, to celebrate the release of the bio-pic Bohemian Rhapsody. Fergal also recorded a short youtube video.

- Freddie Mercury YouTube Preview Image


These Speak Up articles were accompanied by Tune Into English Self-Study Downloadable Worksheets.

1 – Jesus Christ Superstar – Heaven On Their MindsRead articleListen (June 2010, April 2011 in Brazil)

2 – Amy Macdonald – This Is The LifeRead articleListen (May 2010)


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