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in english, the present perfect continuous verb tense consists of the auxiliary verb have/has + the past participle been +the -ing form of another verb. it is used to indicate an action happening from a point in the past until the present that may continue into the future 😵💫 as confusing and nonspecific as that sounds, the structure appears in A LOT of songs that u probably know and maybe even love.
for example, in glass animals’ gigantic hit heat waves the chorus says
sometimes, all I think about is ulate nights in the middle of june heat waves been faking me out can’t make u happier now
heat waves been faking me out is a reduction of heat waves have been faking me out. the elimination of have (or the “v” sound in the contractions i’ve, you’ve, we’ve & they’ve) is very common in spoken english, especially in popular music. listen for it in the rest of these songs as well.
fake out means trick, deceive.
rosa linn‘s song snap participated in eurovision and got much more famous on tiktok. listen at 1:13 for this lyric…
since june 22, my heart’s been on fire
i‘ve been spendin‘ my nights in the rain tryna to put it out
i’ve been spending is present perfect continuous. heart’s been on fire is present perfect>>there’s no -ing verb after been. tryna is a reduction ot trying to. put out is a phrasal verb that means extinguish.
nba legends dr. j and kareem abdul jabbar stare each other down over the nba finals trophy
the nba‘s spot for the 2018 finals used juliet roberts‘ finally mine as its soundtrack. at :18 the lyrics say
i been searching and wishing and dreaming for so long
present perfect continuous is frequently used with for to refer to duration or length in time. that’s how it’s used above in the nba spot, and at 2:05 in stevie wonder‘s song that girl, listen for
i’ve been hurting for a long time, and you’ve been playing for a long time, u know it’s true
i’ve been holding for a long time, and you’ve been running for a long time, it’s time to do what we have to do
at 3:30 there is another instance of present perfect continuous
she says her love has been crying out but her lover hasn’t heard
but what she doesn’t realize is that i’ve listened to every word
in his classic in the air tonight, phil collins talks about an even longer period of time than the previous two songs (his whole life 🙀). collins’ song is part of a very memorable scene in the hangover. mike tyson sings these lyrics right after the unmistakable drum solo (tyson’s favorite part) at :15
i can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh lordand i’ve been waiting for this moment, for all my life, oh lord
but for is not always about duration. in the chorus of the rasmus‘ song in the shadows i’ve been living for tomorrows is talking about a purpose or an objective.
i’ve been watching
i’ve been waiting
in the shadows all my time
i’ve been searching
i’ve been living for tomorrows all my life
here are 6 more songs from various genres that contain present perfect continuous.
the chorus of guns n roses‘ song about heroin use, mr. brownstone, says
we’ve been dancin’ with
he’s been knockin’
he won’t leave me alone
the 2007 disney movie enchanted opens with the song true love’s kiss.
the chorus appears for the first time at :35 and includes the lyric…
i’ve been dreaming of a true love’s kiss
note that giselle sings dream of NOT dream with, which would be a logical translation from spanish’s soñar con, but is incorrect.
one republic‘s huge hit counting stars has an example of the verb dream too, but with the preposition about (again, NOT with 😎)
lately, i’ve been, i’ve been losing sleep
dreaming about the things we could be
but baby, i’ve been, i’ve been praying hard
said no more counting dollars
we’ll be, we’ll be counting stars
pray means ask a god for help.
dej loaf‘s been on my grind, like one republic’s song, mentions issues with sleeping at 1:00
i ain’t been getting no sleep
ain’t been is an informal way to express present perfect in the negative. it can replace both hasn’t and haven’t.
dej uses present perfect continuous again at :47 when she repeats several times
i been grinding
and at 1:08
mama, i been road runnin
grinding is working hard. according to urban dictionary, road running is making money on the streets– hustling, selling drugs, but in the context of the lyrics it sounds like dej is on tour promoting her music (the next line is i just signed a few deals and the shows coming).
at 1:15 dej raps about the competitive nature of her lifestyle
i can’t let a bitch catch me, fuck a runner up
this gives the idea that she sees herself as winning and she won’t accept second place (runner up).
roadrunner ain’t gonna let a bitch catch him. fuck a runner up.
the tyrese song just a baby boy (featuring snoop dogg) from the (almost) eponymous movie has this line in the chorus that also talks about street life
u just a baby boy
you’re not the real mccoy
i’ve been runnin’ these streets
run in this case means be in control. the real mccoy is an expression that refers to authenticity. you’re not the real mccoy means u are fake, false. in the line u just a baby boy, u is a reduction of you’re.
and the clash track police on my back uses i been runnin in the chant in the chorus to describe an escape from the police… in the talks about staying away from
i’ve been runnin’ monday, tuesday, wednesday
thursday, friday, saturday, sunday
and additionally talks about staying away from the cops (police) at :20 in the lyrics…
i’ve been hiding
[the tiktok at the top of the post has examples of put together, grasp, even if, and/or, puke, fake out, and there is a tag question. additionally, watch/listen for i mean which is used to give an explanaiton].
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