RealLife Radio #60 – Music to Your Ears

In this weeks episode of RealLife Radio, Chad and Justin’s conversation topic is all about music and the effect it can have on language learning, and cultural understanding.

Also, learn about a man who nearly died chasing after a $20 bill, get a great resource for learning with music, and discover whole lot of new vocabulary. Awww Yeah!!!

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Words You’ll Learn:

  • Drop someone a line
  • Wind up
  • Bill
  • Get stuck
  • Storm drain
  • Crawl / to crawl after
  • Cramped
  • Wayward
  • 911 / 000
  • Manhole
  • to coin something
  • Take off
  • a Gig
  • Rehearse
  • Jamming / to jam
  • Conjecture
  • Philantropist
  • a Dj Set
  • a Makeover

Words to Know:

  • Slip and slide – a slippery piece of plastic kids slide on for fun
  • Gutter – the side of the road that carries water to underground pipes
  • Jedi mind trick – to make someone think what you want them to think (Star Wars movies)
  • Spread the word – to tell everyone about something
  • You live and you learn – expression used to say you learn things from negative situations
  • First hand experience – a real and personal experience
  • Music to your ears – news that someone is very happy to hear


  • Grisele from Mexico – “you guys rock, Awww yeah!!”

Random News Story:

Conversation Topic:

  • Can music help your language learning?
  • Understanding different cultures through music
  • Tupac holigram performance – watch here


  • Lyrics training – go to site
  • The difference between lyric and letter
  • The difference between song and musicsee video lesson

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Song and Lyrics: Like a Rolling Stone (Bob Dylan)

Once upon a time you dressed so fine
Threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn’t you?
People call say ‘beware doll, you’re bound to fall’
You thought they were all kidding you
You used to laugh about
Everybody that was hanging out
Now you don’t talk so loud
Now you don’t seem so proud
About having to be scrounging your next meal

How does it feel, how does it feel?
To be without a home
Like a complete unknown, like a rolling stone

Ahh you’ve gone to the finest schools, alright Miss Lonely
But you know you only used to get juiced in it
Nobody’s ever taught you how to live out on the street
And now you’re gonna have to get used to it
You say you never compromise
With the mystery tramp, but now you realize
He’s not selling any alibis
As you stare into the vacuum of his eyes
And say do you want to make a deal?

How does it feel, how does it feel?
To be on your own, with no direction home
A complete unknown, like a rolling stone

Ah you never turned around to see the frowns
On the jugglers and the clowns when they all did tricks for you
You never understood that it ain’t no good
You shouldn’t let other people get your kicks for you
You used to ride on a chrome horse with your diplomat
Who carried on his shoulder a Siamese cat
Ain’t it hard when you discovered that
He really wasn’t where it’s at
After he took from you everything he could steal 

How does it feel, how does it feel?
To have on your own, with no direction home
Like a complete unknown, like a rolling stone

Ahh princess on a steeple and all the pretty people
They’re all drinking, thinking that they’ve got it made
Exchanging all precious gifts
But you better take your diamond ring, you better pawn it babe
You used to be so amused
At Napoleon in rags and the language that he used
Go to him he calls you, you can’t refuse
When you ain’t got nothing, you got nothing to lose
You’re invisible now, you’ve got no secrets to conceal

How does it feel, ah how does it feel?
To be on your own, with no direction home
Like a complete unknown, like a rolling stone

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  • Sarahi Vega Guerrero says:

    Hi guys! You help so much to learn words and phrases! Greetings from Mexico 😀

    • Ethan says:

      You are very welcome! It’s so great to have you with us 🙂

      • Sarahi Vega Guerrero says:

        Thanks for answering me <3 Come to Mexico City 😀

  • Alejandra Flores says:

    Where’s the transcript for this podcast? I can’t find it :/

    • Agnieszka from RealLife English says:

      Hello Alejandra! Our old podcast episodes don’t have transcripts. If you want to listen to our podcasts with transcripts, you might download our RealLife English app.