Cue Card 288 - Describe a song that has a special meaning to you

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe a song that has a special meaning to you.

You should say:

  • what it is about
  • who the singer of this song is
  • when you first heard it

and explain why this song has a special meaning to you.


Model Answer 1:

There is no arguing with the fact that childhood memories are some of the best in our life. Today, I would like to talk about one such memory, involving my mother and a special song. Needless to mention, this particular song has always carried special meaning to me.

The song, I am talking about, used to be sung by my mother in order to make me fall asleep, and the title of this is “You Are My Sunshine, My Only Sunshine”. Back when I was just a child, I didn’t really know the meaning of this beautiful song. But, now that I am older, I feel like it is one of the best and yet most simple songs about love and loss which certainly evokes people’s memories in different ways, such as happy childhood or just the simple joy of being together with our loved ones.

Anyway, I probably heard this song for the first time at around the age of 5 when I had started to understand the world around me in a bit more certain terms.  I am assuming that I must have been too much energetic and restless back then as a child to keep quiet or just stay at home, and that’s probably why my mother used to sing this song to me in order to calm me down and thus eventually help me fall asleep. Anyway, even people have differed on their opinion as to who actually sang the song first, but the more popular opinion is that Mr Johnny Cash first recorded this song in the year of 1940.

Anyway, this song has a very special meaning to me because it brought me close to my angel mother like nothing else by offering me a sense of immense loving bong and security. It carries a special meaning to me also because it was the first song that I learned to sing as a child when doing any house choirs or just playing along with my friends.


Sample Answer 2:

The song ‘Return to Innocence’ by music band ‘Enigma’ is one of my all-time favourite songs and this song bears a special meaning to me. This song is about human life: the beginning and the end of our lives, the meaning of life, the aim and journey to eternity, and the vision of our life. It signifies the importance of life and how much we should cherish our life. Finally, it is about our journey to another life and life transformation in different stages.

As I mentioned earlier this is a song by the famous music band ‘Enigma’ and this band is particularly famous for the extraordinary music they produce. I heard this song many years back when I was in my 9th grade. In my birthday one of our relatives gave me a CD of ‘Enigma’ band and then I heard this song. I liked most of the songs on this album but this particular song ‘Return to Innocence’ was bit different and I liked it instantly I heard it for the first time. After that, I heard this song several hundred times and still, this music appears as a new inspiration to me. I believe this would never turn into a lost song for me.

The brilliant lyrics and extraordinary music of this song soothe my heart each time I listen to it. I can feel this music with every sense of mine and that’s an out-of-the-world feeling. I have found the lyrics pretty rich and meaningful that gave me special meaning about the life we lead. In my stressful and tiresome time this pretty rich and meaningful that gave me special meaning about the life we lead. In my stressful and tiresome time, this particular song has inspired and motivated me many times. This song has become a memory of me. Whenever I listen to this song, I feel a special sensation and that’s why this has a special meaning and strong significance to me.


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Your ability to talk about this Cue Card would enable you to talk about the following Cue Cards as well:

1. Describe a song you really like.
2. Describe a song that has a strong impression on you.
3. Describe a foreign song you have heard.
4. Describe a song that bears a special meaning for you.
5. Describe a song you heard a long ago.
6. Describe a meaningful song you have listened to.


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