Alas I cannot swim

 

 

There’s* a house across the river
but alas * I cannot swim
And a garden of such beauty
that the flowers seem to grin *
There’s a house across the river
but alas I cannot swim
I’ll live my life regretting that I never jumped in

There’s a boy across the river
with short black curly hair
He wants to be my lover
and I want to be his peer *
There’s a boy across the river
but alas I cannot swim
And I never will get to put my arms around him

There’s a life across the river
that was meant for * me
instead * I live my life in constant misery
There’s a life across the river
but I do not see
why I should please those who will never be pleased

There is gold across the river
but I don’t want none *
There is gold across the river
but I don’t want none

Gold is fleeting *, gold is fickle *, gold is fun!
Gold is fleeting, gold is fickle, gold is fun!

There is gold across the river
but I don’t want none
I would rather * be dry *
then help up * by a golden gun saying


“Work more
earn more
live more
have more fun!”

* There is – there are

In English, to talk about ‘the existence’ (hay/il y a) of something, you use the structure
there + be (conjugated)
_ There is a computer on the table. (now)
_ There are two books in my bag. (now)
_ There was another man at the busstop. (in the past)
_ There were several people waiting for the train. (in the past)

_ Common mistakes = ++ There have many people here. ++
++ Are many people here. ++
=> NO NO NO!!! => There are many people here.

_ Also note that in spoken English (especially), people tend to say ‘there’s’ whether it’s singular or plural (not ‘there is’). For example:
There’s too many options; I don’t know which to choose.

The song

At the beginning of the song, it seems she regrets not being able to access a better life. However, in the last few verses, it seems that she prefers having a miserable life rather than doing the things everybody expects from her and living the same life as everybody else, “working more, earning more, living more and having more fun”.