Sunny, sunny Spain (it's all a myth!)


Source: You Tube (Geoff Thompson) Key Words: Viva España Sylvia


Y Viva España - Sylvia

All the ladies fell for Rudolph Valentino
He had a beano* back in those balmy days
He knew every time you meet an icy creature
You've got to teach her hot blooded latin ways
But even Rudy would have felt the strain
Of making smooth advances in the rain


Oh this year I'm off to Sunny Spain
Y Viva España I'm taking the Costa Brava 'plane
Y Viva España
If you'd like to chat a matador, in some cool cabaña
And meet senoritas by the score, España por favor


Quite by chance to hot romance I found the answer
Flamenco dancers are by far the finest bet
There was one who whispered oh hasta la vista
Each time I kissed him behind the castanette
He rattled his maracas close to me
In no time I was trembling at the knee

When they first arrive the girls are pink and pasty
but oh so tasty as soon as they go brown
I guess they know ev'ry fellow will be queuing
to do the wooing his girlfriend won't allow
but every dog must have his lucky day*
that's why I've learnt the way to shout ole


* a beano is an old-fashioned word for a party. (I had to look it up)

* every dog has its day is an idiom that means that everyone is happy or successful at some moment in their life


Which word or expression is:
  • to get a tan
  • to speak quietly so that nobody else can hear
  • to suddenly have strong romantic feelings for sb
  • to shake because you are emotional (or frightened or cold)
  • to try to attract sb
  • to wait in a line of people
  • sb who operates in a confident manner
  • pleasantly warm weather
  • pale and unhealthy looking
  • pressure or stress
  • an amount of money that you risk (though in this sense means best thing to to)
  • in large numbers (literally twenties of stg)
  • related to luck, without being planned



Comments

Anonymous said…
Hi Graham!

:-((((
It's awfull!!.. It makes me cringe!!!!

See you!!!!
Hilde
Graham said…
Hi Hilde,

"makes me cringe" - nice expression.

You have to remember that the song is from the early seventies; when the classy British tourists started invading Spain.

I think it's catchy or a so-called ear worm - Do you remember what that is?
Anonymous said…
Here I´m.

to get a tan - TO GO BROWN
to speak quietly so that nobody else can hear - TO WHISPER
to suddenly have strong romantic feelings for sb - TO FALL FOR
to shake because you are emotional (or frightened or cold) - TO TEMBLE
to try to attract sb - TO DO THE WOOING
to wait in a line of people - TO BE QUEUING
sb who operates in a confident manner
pleasantly warm weather - BALMY WEATHER
pale and unhealthy looking - PASTY
pressure or stress - STRAIN
an amount of money that you risk (though in this sense means best thing to to) - BET
in large numbers (literally twenties of stg) - BY THE SCORE
related to luck, without being planned - QUITE THE CHANCE

C u. Alonso
Anonymous said…
Hi Graham !!
Catchy I think it's a song that you can't forget . The "song of summer "usually is it .
See you !!!!
Hilde
Graham said…
Hi Alonso!

to shake / to tRemble

to try to attract / to woo

sb who acts in a confident manner / smooth

without being planned / by chance

Maybe you are too young to remember the Sade song "smooth operator".



Graham said…
Hi Hilde!

Yeah, catchy describes a song that you easily remember and will likely be humming as you go about your day.

It reminds me of my childhood. The song is from 1974 and I was born in 1972, so it must have been on the radio the whole of the seventies.

The songs of the summer are rarely played more than one summer, aren't they? Does one stick out in your mind?
Montse said…
Hi, Graham. Long time no see….I’ve been a little lazy with the PC lately. I don’t understand the expression “quite by chance”
• to get a tan.- TO GO BROWN
• to speak quietly so that nobody else can hear.- TO WHISPER
• to suddenly have strong romantic feelings for sb.- TO FALL FOR
• to shake because you are emotional (or frightened or cold).- TO TREMBLE
• to try to attract sb.- TO WOO
• to wait in a line of people.- TO QUEUE
• sb who operates in a confident manner.- SMOOTH
• pleasantly warm weather.- BALMY
• pale and unhealthy looking.- PASTY
• pressure or stress..-STRAIN
• an amount of money that you risk (though in this sense means best thing to to).- BET
• in large numbers (literally twenties of stg).- BY THE SCORE
• related to luck, without being planned.- QUITE BY CHANCE (?????)
very well so I’m not sure about the last one.

Graham said…
Hi Montse,

I know how you feel. I get tired of the computer too, believe it or not.

All your answers are correct.

"by chance" means that stg is not planned eg I met her by chance. "quite" just adds emphasis.