The Guess Who – She might have been a nice girl

Practice the third conditional with “might have” (instead of “would have”) in your ESL class with this song, She might have been a nice girl by The Guess Who.

The third conditionals with “might have” which appear in these song lyrics are: “might have been/played/had/broke(n)”.

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Lyrics

She might have been a nice girl
If she hadn’t had a draggy mother
She might have been a good chick
If she hadn’t had a rotten father

She might have played the right hunch
If she hadn’t been so narrow-minded
She might have had a whole bunch
If she hadn’t been so far behind it

Oh does it hurt when you know you can’t play it the way that your beau knows
Oh does it hurt when you know you can’t say it the way that your beau knows
And you know that that’s the way that the show goes
And you know it really has to go on.

She drank the army’s red wine
But she never found a moment’s pleasure
She smelled the salty sea brine
But she never found the buried treasure

She might have played the chords right
But the song was never meant for singing
She might have really broke(n) loose
But she never made it past the clinging

I can see that it hurts when you know you can’t play it the way that your beau knows
I can see that it hurts when you know you can’t say it the way that your beau knows
And you know that that’s the way that the show goes
And you know it really has to go on.

The Guess WhoCanadian rock band

The Guess Who are a Canadian rock band formed in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1965. The band found their greatest success in the late 1960s and early 1970s, under the leadership of singer/keyboardist Burton Cummings and guitarist Randy Bachman, with hit songs including “American Woman”, “These Eyes”, and “No Time”.