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AV Bi-weekly﹕A song of loneliness

【明報專訊】Being lost in Japan may sound a bit silly to many Hong Kongers. Those of you who have just returned to work and school might still have fresh memories about your foodie or skiing trips in Japan.

Shawn Mendes, however, is perhaps still "lost in Japan"! The 20-year-old Canadian singer's single Lost in Japan, released last March, is a strong hit, with a good rank score in various countries. 2018 was indeed a very fruitful year for the young soft rock singer-songwriter. The hit is the third track from his self-titled album — his third album which topped the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. He was also named one of the best-dressed men by fashionistas.

Like many Hong Kongers, Shawn Mendes enjoys travelling. When asked at an interview what he would pack if he could only take one item, Mendes said, "I'd pack my guitar, if I could fit it in my suitcase." He has also revealed that by visiting or staycationing in different places he gets inspirations for writing his music. Funny enough! The crooner penned Lost in Japan, a song of loneliness, after a night's sleep with a dream of being lost in the country.

◆Lost In Japan

All it'd take is one flight

We'd be in the same time zone

Looking through your timeline

Seeing all the rainbows, I

I got an idea

And I know that it sounds crazy

I just wanna see ya

Oh, I gotta ask

Do you got plans tonight?

I'm a couple hundred miles from Japan, and I

I was thinking I could fly to your hotel tonight

'Cause I can't get you off my mind ...

I could feel the tension

We could cut it with a knife

I know it's more than just a friendship

I can hear you thinking 'bout it, yeah

Do I gotta convince you?

That you shouldn't fall asleep?

It'll only be a couple hours

And I'm about to leave ...

I was hoping I could get lost in your paradise

The only thing I'm thinking 'bout is you and I

'Cause I can't get you off my mind

Can't get you off my mind

I can't seem to get you off my mind ...

■Quiz

1. In paragraph 1, "you" refers to...

A. Shawn Mendes' fans.

B. Hong Kongers who are foodies.

C. Hong Kongers who visited Japan not long ago.

2. What is the nationality of Shawn Mendes?

3. Refer to the lyrics. Which of the following is the message of the lines in purple?

A. The singer intends to travel with his dream girl to Japan.

B. The singer intends to fly across the seas to meet his dream girl.

4. Find a word from paragraph 3 which can finish the sentence below:

Lost In Japan expresses some _____ because of the long-distance relationship with someone who may not yet be the singer's girlfriend.

■Glossary

foodie 美食家

fashionista 時尚達人

staycation 留守假期(stay + vacation拼綴而成)

- by Venny Lai, a former Language Instructor at the PolyU and an experienced teacher of English Language and Literature

Audio: link.mingpao.com/14262.htm

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