Before we listen to the songs, let’s recall what the second conditional is all about. The second conditional expresses an unreal or highly unlikely possibility. For example: “If I had a billion dollars, I would buy fifteen yachts.” Both having a billion dollars and buying fifteen yachts represent more of a dream than a probable reality.
The standard formula for second conditional sentences is as follows:
If + subject + simple past…, subject + would + base verb…
Subject + would + base verb… if + subject + simple past…
Now let’s get to the good stuff. Our first song by Barry Louis Polisar is from the soundtrack of the movie Juno:
“If you were a castle, I’d be your moat.”
Of course a human being cannot become a castle. This song expresses unreal possibilities in a cute and romantic way. Continue reading →