Noun Clauses in Songs - Answer Key

Noun Clauses in Songs - Without Answers

These sentences are taken from the lyrics of some current songs. Find and underline the noun clauses in these lyrics. There are a total of 20 noun clauses.

"Now I'm convinced the whole day long [that {all I learn} is always wrong], and [things are true that I forget], but no one taught that to me yet." (Phish/Character Zero)
  • (Note: This one's really difficult. Deep structure is something like "I'm convinced that things that I forget are true." Here, "things that I forget" is an adjective clause.)
"And I don't want the world to see me 'cause I don't think [that they'd understand]. Well, everything's made to be broken. I just want you to know [who I am]." (Goo-Goo Dolls/Iris)
"[What we've learned here] is [love tastes bitter when it's gone]." (Matchbox 20/Shame)
  • (Note: "When it's gone" is an adverb clause.)
"Now the drugs don't work; they just make you worse, but I know [I'll see your face again]." (The Verve/The Drugs Don't Work)
"[All I really wanna say] I can't define. It's love [I need], but my soul will have to wait '˜til I get back and find a Heina of my own. Daddy's gonna love one and all. I feel the break, and I got to live it out. I swear [that I really wanna know]. [All I really wanna say] is [I got mine], and [I'll make it]. Yes, I'm comin' up. Tell Sanchito [that if he knows {what is good for him}] he best go run and hide. Daddy's got a new .45." (Sublime/Santeria)
" ['˜All I wanna do] is have a little fun before I die,' says the man next me out of nowhere, apropos of nothing. He says [his name's William], but I'm sure [he's Bill or Billy, Mac or Buddy]. He's plain ugly to me, and I wonder [if he's ever had a day of fun in his whole life.]" (Sheryl Crow/All I Wanna Do)

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