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A song with many prepositions

Hi! Driving back home I heard a song on the radio which I had known long before but it never dawned  on me that it's a great song to learn and remember some expressions with prepositions as well as Present Continuous. The song is Suzanne Vega's Tom's Diner. Diner /ˈdaɪ.nər/ is a restaurant guest, a customer, a dining car on a train or..., especially in US - a small restaurant. Since Suzanne is American, Tom's Diner is rather a small restaurant owned by Tom :)

dawned on me that  - zaświtało mi, że
prepositions - przyimki
diner - gość/klient; wagon restauracyjny; knajpka
rather - raczej
owned by - prowadzona przez; 'posiadana przez'

Here's the song!

And the lyrics...

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


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