chanson: Tom’s Diner (exercice d’articulation anglaise)

Cette chanson est parfaite pour montrer l’articulation anglaise. Sachez que les mots importants (verbes, noms, adjectifs) reçoivent plus de temps et sont articulés plus que les petits mots ‘grammaticales’ (prépostitions, articles, auxiliaires, etc).

Dans la chanson, le ‘beat’ tombe systematiquement sur les syllabes accentuées:

I am SITTing in the MORNing at the DINer on the CORNer

Je vous conseille fortement de mémoriser cette chanson par coeur et la chanter régulièrement!

I am sitting

in the morning
At the diner

on the corner
I am waiting at the counter
For the man to pour the coffee

And he fills it only halfway
And before I even argue
He is looking out the window
At somebody coming in

“It is always nice to see you”
Says the man behind the counter
To the woman who has come in
She is shaking her umbrella

And I look the other way
As they are kissing their hellos
I’m pretending not to see them
And instead I pour the milk

I open up the paper
There’s a story of an actor
Who had died while he was drinking
It was no one I had heard of

And I’m turning to the horoscope
And looking for the funnies
When I’m feeling someone watching me
And so I raise my head

There’s a woman on the outside
Looking inside
Does she see me?
No she does not really see me
Cause she sees her own reflection

And I’m trying not to notice
That she’s hitching up her skirt
And while she’s straightening her stockings
Her hair has gotten wet

Oh, this rain it will continue
Through the morning as I’m listening
To the bells of the cathedral
I am thinking of your voice…

And of the midnight picnic
Once upon a time
Before the rain began…

I finish up my coffee
It’s time to catch the train


  1. Thanks teacher for this method, but I couldn’t open the pul gin for learning this son. And I like to sing in english. What i cando . Please help me.

    • Rachi,
      Thank you for your comment! It’s the first one I’ve had in Spanish (I think I understand, you’re very kind).

  2. GREAT! simply just a wonderfull song by such a nice singer: Suzan Vega!! (quite important to say so, I’ll have to say!)
    I really admire your site: well done, sincerely!

    • Mylene,
      thank you for your comments, I’m happy you like the site. I’ve liked Suzanne Vega since the eighties when she became famous with ‘Luka’ and ‘Tom’s Diner’. I saw her in concert once, but it was kind of boring – she played in a concert hall that was too big – she’s a folk singer and would be much better playing in smaller, more intimate clubs.

  3. i’m happy for listing this nice song very interesent ,for to learn prononciation, and not to forget saynig thank you so much and good luck in your life

  4. Perhaps you could have mentioned Suzanne Vega is the singer-songwriter of that beautiful song 🙂 It’s not so important, some might be interested in such a cultural note though 🙂

    • Arnaud,
      Thanks for this, I certainly should have mentioned that Suzanne Vega wrote this song. I was a big fan in the late eighties! I just couldn’t find a good video on Youtube of her singing it, so I put this one.

  5. thank you very much, je reprends l’anglais en intensif et franchement votre chanson est superbe.

  6. thnks very mutch for this very nice song and I believe that you will do some other song quickly
    for the best english teacher.

  7. thank you so much,your song is really are the best teacher,good luck in your life.god bless you.

  8. Thank you Jonathan for your team spirit.For to improve my pronunciation in english this song is the best.God bless you.

  9. thank you very much Jonathan, the song is perfect for the pronunciation, I am agree too, you are the best

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