Songs with English idioms
A selection of great English songs to learn some interesting English idioms!

We know that learning idioms can be a frustrating process. So this week we wanted to give you a selection of songs that have some great idioms to learn. We hope you enjoy them and more importantly learn some idioms that you can use in your day-to-day English. 

Please tell us what you think about the songs and idioms. We would love to hear your opinions. What was your favourite idiom or song?  Do you know any other songs that contain interesting English idioms to learn? Please leave your comments at the end of the post.


Water under the bridge - Adele
  • Water under the bridge means it’s all in the past, it can't be changed and it is forgotten about.
  • Example: Yes, we did have our disagreements but that's water under the bridge now.
Hit the road Jack - Ray Charles
  • Hit the road means to leave or start a journey. It is used in this song as an order to tell the person to leave  or go away and never come back. 
  • Example:
    • I'd love to stay longer, but it's really time to hit the road.
    • He was annoying me so much so I told him to hit the road!
Poker face - Lagy GaGa
  • Poker face means an expression on someone's face that does not show what the person is thinking or feeling.
  • Example: He can tell a funny story with a poker face.
I heard it through the grapevine - Marvin Gaye
  • I heard it through the grapevine means to hear rumours about something; to hear information from someone who heard it from someone else. 
  • Example: I heard on the grapevine that he got a new job, but I don't know where it is.
Don't get me wrong - The Pretenders
  • Don’t get me wrong’ is a great idiom to learn.  It is used a lot in informal spoken English. It means don’t misunderstand me.
  • Example: Don't get me wrong I really liked the film. It's just the end didn't make any sense to me!
Beat it - Michael Jackson  
  • Beat it means leave or go away immediately. It is  often used as an order.
  • Example:  I told the guy to beat it, and I haven't seen him since. 
If I could turn back the hands of time - R Kelly
  • If I could turn back the hands of time means  If I could go back to the past. It is usually used when you regret something or would like to change or do  something in the past.
  • Example: If I could turn back the hands of time, I wouldn't have said that to her.