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Analysing the film’s main theme

herr-stritt 30. Juni 2021

Now, let’s get into the film’s main theme by Jamie Cullum. Please read the lyrics and listen to the music. Then, answer the following questions:

  1. Which themes are addressed in this song? Identify them by quoting from the lyrics.
  2. Analyse the representation of the car „Gran Torino“ as well as the general atmosphere transmitted. Find adjectives to describe this atmosphere (a good bilingual dictionary like Linguee can help you).

Jamie Cullum – Gran Torino

Realign all the stars above my head
Warning signs travel far
Drink instead on my own, oh how I’ve known
The battle scars and worn out beds

Gentle now a tender breeze blows
Whispers through Gran Torino
Whistling another tired song
Engines hum and bitter dreams grow
Heart locked in a Gran Torino
It beats a lonely rhythm all night long

These streets are old, they shine
With the things I’ve known
And breaks through the trees, they’re sparkling
Your world is nothing more than
All the tiny things you’ve left behind

So tenderly your story is
Nothing more than what you see
What you’ve done or will become standing strong
Do you belong in your skin? Just wondering

Gentle now a tender breeze blows
Whispers through Gran Torino
Whistling another tired song
Engines hum and bitter dreams grow
Heart locked in a Gran Torino
It beats a lonely rhythm all night long

May I be so bold and still need someone to hold
That shudders my skin, they’re sparkling
Your world is nothing more than
All the tiny things you’ve left behind

So realign all the stars above my head
Warning signs travel far
Drink instead on my own, oh how I’ve known
The battle scars and worn out beds

Gentle now a tender breeze blows
Whispers through Gran Torino
Whistling another tired song
Engines hum and bitter dreams grow
Heart locked in a Gran Torino
It beats a lonely rhythm all night long

It beats a lonely rhythm all night long
It beats a lonely rhythm all night long