ESL Video Quiz: Nelly Furtado/Timbaland: Say It Right

Quiz by: Sharon Michiko Yoneda
Quiz #: 2827
(ESL Category: listening) And here is Victoria's pop sensation, Nelly Furtado, singing her 2007 hit with Timbaland. Very cool!

Say It Right

In the day, in the night
Say it right, say it all
You either got it, or you don't
You either stand, or you fall
When your will is broken
When it slips from your hands
When there's no time for joking
There's a hole in the plan

CHORUS: Oh, you don't mean nothing at all to me
No, you don't mean nothing at all to me
Oh, you've got what it takes to set me free

Oh, you don't mean everything to me
I can't say that I'm not, lost, or found
I can't say, that I don't, love the light, and the dark
I can't say, that I don't, know that I, am alive
And all of what I feel, I could show, you tonight

CHORUS: Oh, you don't mean nothing at all to me No you don't mean nothing at all to me
Oh, you've got what it takes to set me free
Oh, you could mean everything to me

From my hands, I could give you, something, that I made
From my mouth, I could sing you, another brick that I laid
From body, I could show you, a place, God knows
If you know, this place is holy, do you really, want to go?

songwriters: Nelly Furtado, Timothy 'Timbaland' Mosely and Nate 'Danja' Hills

performed by: Nelly Furtado and Timbaland (Timbaland's lyrics not scripted)

date released: 2006 by Nelly Furtado and Timbaland

From their 2006 album, 'Loose', this song was released as a single in the same year. 'Say It Right' received positive critical response for the production quality and the range in Furtado's vocal performance. It received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance but it lost to Amy Winehouse's 'Rehab.'

Furtado was born on December 2, 1978, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Her Portuguese parents, Maria Manuela and António José Furtado, were both immigrants from the Azores and emigrated to Canada in the late 1960s.

Nelly was named after Soviet gymnast Nellie Kim. At age four, she began performing and singing in her native Portuguese language. Furtado's first public performance was when she sang a duet with her mother at a church on Portugal Day. She began playing musical instruments at the age of nine, learning the trombone, ukulele and – in later years – the guitar and keyboards. At 12, she began writing songs,and as a teenager, she spent eight summers working as a chambermaid with her mother, along with her brother and sister, who was a housekeeper in Victoria.

Nellie is proud of her working-class background. She has stated that coming from a working-class background has shaped her identity in a positive way.

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