One song lighting up the Australian top ten this summer is Guy Sebastian’s new song, ‘Can we all just get along?‘
Songs are a great way to pick up some new English phrases and expressions. For example, Guy Sebastian uses a very common phrasal verb in the title, get along:
eg “I get along really well with Michael” [to get along with someone]
This means that I have a a friendly relationship with Michael. I like him and when we get together, the conversation is nice and friendly.
This is the main theme of Guy Sebastian’s song. The lyrics mention people from all around the world, from different religions, and he asks:
Can we all just get along? That is, can’t we talk and be nice to each other instead of fighting and conflict?
And when all the worlds collide
All they know is to divide
And it’s easy if they’re faceless
To hate the other side
And the others caught between
Are the only ones to bleed
And the ones they leave behind
Can only sit and cry
Dear God, dear soul
Dear Mary, Mohammed
Can we just get along
Or read the lyrics here on Youtube.
You can also say:
We get along really well | great | like a house on fire = we have a very good relationship
When the relationship isn’t so good:
We get along terribly | badly
We don’t get along
You can also use the phrasal verb GET ON – they mean the same here.
We get along great = we get on great
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