A few years ago, I wrote an e-mail to our Tim and Tammy Friends and told them that David and I were up until 3:30 in the morning "burning the midnight oil". We were recording a song for my cousin's wedding and had to stay up late to finish.
- be up = estar acordado
- stay up late = ficar acordado até tarde
Listen to the audio Tim recorded several years ago when he talked about their project and taught the expression "burn the midnight oil":
Para baixar o áudio, clique aqui.
Lyrics to Wedding Song "Lord Make Us One"
Lord, in this moment may your will be done;
Take our two hearts, Lord, and join them as one.
Cleanse us from evil and selfish desire;
Mold us on the altar of your fire.
Lord, make us one, forever join our lives;
Lord, make us one with hope that never dies.
In our weakness keep love strong;
In the darkest night, give us Your song.
Bind us together with Your love;
Lord, make us one.
2. Lord, as we face all the trials life can bring,
Draw us still closer and teach us to sing;
Help us to trust You when our world falls apart ?
Knowing the goodness of Your heart.
Now, recently, Tim was up late AGAIN burning the midnight oil, working on the last details on a Christmas CD his kids recorded.
Check out their CD here:
The musicians are Jônatas ( a friend of ours, on the cello), Melissa (Tim's niece, on the violin), Michael (Tim's son, on the piano), and Stephen (Tim's son, on the concert flute).
So how about you? When was the last time you "burned the midnight oil" and why? I'd love to hear about it here. Please post your comment in the comments section below!
Before you post your comment, you can read the following comments that were taken from our "old" site which our Tim and Tammy Friends made the first time we taught this expression ("burning the midnight oil").
Tim, I have to say that your english is much better than your portuguese. 🙂 (Just Kidding!). I've been working hard to reach this pronunciation. I loved the song. You play piano; don't you? I'm a sax player! Congrats for the song.
Take it easy!
~ Sidney (Canada)
I got home at 6 am... i think...
This website is really fantastic... I can't wait for the DVD! So... last time I burned the midnight oil was on Thursday working at the company.
Bye ... until next week... short and sweet today!!
But I feel so happy to learn with Tim and Tamy, thanks.
~ Alex Mendes
~ Michele Zucolota
Have a good day!
So, I've been burning the midnight oil because of my job. I'm a teacher and I always have so many things to do. It's not a piece of cake at all! :-p
Thanks for the tips!
Was it really David singing?! Woooow!! He has an incredible voice!
And Tim plays the piano very well!! =)
Well... Last time I burned (could it be 'burnt'???) the midnight oil was last week, when I was doing a history homework for school.. It was about the elections that occured in Italy.. By the way, Berlusconi lost and the winner was Prodi.. hehe..
I stayed up late doing it... And as it had to be done in groups, the chats and laughs in the middle of the work made us waste a lot of time... 😛
But that was great! It's good to do something different sometimes...
Thanks for the new expression you've taught us!!
I am glad to be here to give my little contribution to this AWESOME english web site. Tim, you haven't the fogiest idea how much you are helping people out there with their english doubts, and stuff. I must say: Congratulations! Creativity has always been something I cherish , and you've got it!
Well, let's get on the ball!
It's been a while since I last burned the midnight oil; however, I can remember it clearly. I was writing the introduction to my "so-called" book; which by the way has not been finished yet 🙁 , but it will be soon enough. 🙂
Cheers laddies and sheilas (with all due respect).
~ Max Rodrigo
~ Tim Barrett
Here I am again!
Lately I've burnt the midnight oil almost every night. I'm studying hard lately... Guess Why? University's tests... But I do have to study a lot to get good marks...
Bye for now!
~ Elaine Ramalho
I just know “the Midnight Oil”, an Australian rock`n roll band. I don`t know if it is a song of this band.