Leave a light on – song

  • Level: B2 +
  • Grammar: present perfect continuous
  • Aim: to reflect about difficult situations we may have and how to reach for help.

“Leave a Light On” has a rather personal meaning to you, too. Can you tell us about the inspiration and story behind the song?

Yeah, I wrote it about a friend of mine who was going through a bit of a tough time and just wanted to write something that would be a message to him and any other person going through a dark time that there’s always going to be someone there who will be that light for you when you need it most.

  1. What you’ve read above is part of an interview with Tom walker, the singer of ‘Leave a light on‘. According to him, what does ‘leave a light on’ mean in the song?
  2. Read the lyrics of the song and find out what it is all about.
  3. Read the lyrics again and find examples of present perfect continuous and present perfect. How different are they in structure and in usage?
  1. The second someone mentioned you were all alone
  2. I could feel the trouble coursing through your veins
  3. Now I know, it’s got a hold
  4. Just a phone call left unanswered, had me sparking up
  5. These cigarettes won’t stop me wondering where you are
  6. Don’t let go, keep a hold
  7. If you look into the distance, there’s a house upon the hill
  8. Guiding like a lighthouse to a place where you’ll be
  9. Safe to feel our grace ’cause we’ve all made mistakes
  10. If you’ve lost your way I will leave the light on
  11. I will leave the light on
  12. I will leave the light on
  13. I will leave the light on.
  14. Tell me what’s been happening,
  15. what’s been on your mind
  16. Lately you’ve been searching for a darker place
  17. To hide, that’s alright
  18. But if you carry on abusing, you’ll be robbed from us
  19. I refuse to lose another friend to drugs
  20. Just come home, don’t let go
  21. If you look into the distance, there’s a house upon the hill
  22. Guiding like a lighthouse to a place where you’ll be
  23. Safe to feel our grace ’cause we’ve all made mistakes
  24. If you’ve lost your way
  25. I will leave the light on
  26. I will leave the light on
  27. I will leave the light on
  28. I will leave the light on
  29. I will leave the light on
  30. If you look into the distance, there’s a house upon the hill
  31. Guiding like a lighthouse, it’s a place where you’ll be
  32. Safe to feel our grace and if you’ve lost your way
  33. If you’ve lost your way (I will leave the light on)
  34. And I know you’re down and out now, but I need you to be brave
  35. Hiding from the truth ain’t gonna make this all okay
  36. I see your pain, if you don’t feel our grace
  37. And you’ve lost your way
  38. I will leave the light on
  39. I will leave the light on
  40. ‘Cause I will leave the light on

4. Watch the clip and enjoy it. Sing along and try to memorise the lyrics.

5. Click this link here to play a bit with the song. Choose your level and go.

6. Have you ever been the light for someone? Have you ever needed somebody to be your light on? Do you know of any similar story?

Sue



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