Nearly two years after I first put together these 16 video clips, this remains the most popular post on my blog, with thousands of views every month.
Some of the song extracts are fairly recent, such as Michael Bublé’s “Haven’t met you yet”, but others will be less familiar to younger visitors and are pretty cringe-inducing if MOR music is not your thing. Anyway, the cheesiest songs are accompanied by three warning letters: GPA (Guilty Pleasure Alert).
But I digress. This video is simply meant to remind you of / introduce you to songs containing the present perfect and, once you’ve picked the ones you like / your students might like (or have fun trashing), you can google up the lyrics and look up the video clip on Youtube, Dailymotion or Metacafé.
Have fun. By the way, the video does take about 10 seconds to load. Be patient.
1. Michael Bublé: Haven’t met you yet
And I know someday that it’ll all turn out
You’ll make me work
So we can work to work it out
And I promise you kid that I’ll give
So much more than I get
I just haven’t met you yet
2. Bryan Adams: Have you ever really loved a woman?
When you love a woman
then tell her that she’s really wanted
When you love a woman then tell her that she’s the one
’cause she needs somebody to tell her that it’s gonna last forever
So tell me have you ever really –
really really ever loved a woman?
3. Rod Stewart: Have you ever seen the rain?
I wanna know
Have you ever seen the rain?
Coming down on a sunny day
4. Charlene: I’ve never been to me. (GPA! GPA!)
I can see so much of me
Still living in your eyes
Won’t you share a part of a weary heart
That has lived a million lives
I’ve been to Nice and the isle of Greece
When I sipped champagne on a yatch
I moved like Harlow in Monte Carlo and showed them what I’ve got
I’ve been undressed by kings
and I’ve seen some things that a woman ain’t supposed to see
I’ve been to paradise but I’ve never been to me
5. Madonna: Take a bow
I’ve always been in love with you
I guess you’ve always known it’s true
You took my love for granted why
The show is over say good bye
6. Barry Manilow: I write the songs (GPA!)
I’ve been alive forever
And I wrote the very first song
I put the words and the melodies together
I am music and I write the songs
7. U2: Still haven’t found what I’m looking for
I have climbed the highest mountains
I have run through the fields
Only to be with you
I have run
I have crawled
I have scaled these city walls
Only to be with you
But I sill haven’t found what I’m looking for
8. Carpenters: A song for you (GPA!)
I’ve been so many places in my life and time
I’ve sung a lot of songs
I’ve made some bad rhyme
I’ve acted out my love in stages
With ten thousand people watching
But we’re alone now and I’m singing this song for you
9. James Taylor: Fire and rain
I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain
I’ve seen sunny days that I thought would never end
I’ve seen lonely times when I thought I could not find a friend
But I always thought I’d see you again
10. Paula Cole: Where have all the cowboys gone?
I will do the laundry
If you pay all the bills
Where is my John Wayne
Where is my prairie son
Where is my happy ending?
Where have all the cowboys gone?
11. Barbra Streisand: The way we were (GPA!!!)
Can it be that it was all so simple then?
Or has time rewritten every line?
If we had the chance to do it all again
Tell me would we
12. Elton John: Your song
So excuse me forgetting
But these things I do
You see I’ve forgotten if they’re green or they’re blue
Anyway the thing is what I really mean
Yours are the sweetest eyes I’ve ever seen
And you can tell everybody this is your song
13. SOS Band: The finest
My friends say I’m lucky
To have someone as good as you
My love’s understanding
Understanding how to hold on to you
After all that we’ve been through
Time won’t change the way I feel about you
Out of all the loves before
You’re the finest I’ve ever known
14. ABBA: The winner takes it all (GPA!)
I don’t wanna talk
About things we’ve gone through
Though it’s hurting me
Now it’s history
I’ve played all my cards
And that’s what you’ve done too
Nothing more to say
No more ace to play
15. Rod Stewart: Have I told you lately that I love you?
Have I told you lately that I love you?
Have I told you there’s no one else above you?
You feel my heart with gladness
Take away all my sadness
Ease my troubles that’s what you do
16. Eva Cassidy: You’ve changed
That sparkle in your eyes is gone
Your smile is just a careless yawn
It’s all over know