ABSOLUTENGLISH

IT'S PROBABLY ME

by Sting, Michael Kamen and Eric Clapton


 

§1- If the (1) ………………………..turned cold and the (2) ………………………..looked down
And you hug yourself on the cold cold (3) ………………………..
You (4)………………………..the morning in a (5) ………………………..coat,
No one would you see.
You ask yourself, who'd watch for me?
My (6) ………………………..friend, who could it be?
It's hard (7)………………………..say it, I hate (8)………………………..say it, but it's probably me.

§2- When your (9) ………………………..'s empty and the (10)………………………..'s so real
And you're too (11) ………………………..to (12) ………………………..and too dumb to (13) ………………………..
You search the city for your (14) ……………………….. friend,
No one would you see.
You ask yourself, who'd watch for me?
A solitary (15) ……………………….. to speak out and set me (16) ………………………..
I hate (17) ……………………….. say it, I hate (18) ……………………….. say it, but it's probably me.

§3- You're not the (19) ……………………….. person I ever (20) ) ……………………….. to know
And it's hard for us (21) ……………………….. to let our (22) ……………………….. show.
Some would say I (23) ……………………….. let you go your (24) ………………………..
You'll only (25) ……………………….. me (26) ………………………..
But if there's one (27) ……………………….., just one (28) ………………………..
Who'd lay down his (29) ……………………….. for you and (30) ………………………..
I hate (31) ……………………….. say it, I hate (32) ……………………….. say it, but it's probably me.

§4- When the world's (33) ……………………….. crazy and it (34) ……………………….. no sense
And there's only one(35) ……………………….. that comes to your (36) ………………………..
The (37) ………………………..'s out and your eyes (38) ……………………….. the room
And one (39) ……………………….. face is all you (40) ……………………….. to see.
And if there's one (41) ……………………….. just one (42) ………………………..
Who'd lay down his (43) ……………………….. for you and (44) ………………………..
I hate (45) ……………………….. say it, I hate (46) ……………………….. say it, but it's probably me.
I hate (47) ……………………….. say it, I hate (48) ……………………….. say it, but it's probably me...

 

from The Summoner's Tale, Sting, 1993.


TASKS

1- Listen to the song and fill in the blanks ( the interactive cloze can be used to check answers )


2- Answer the following questions about § 1

-Who is the narrator?

- What do you learn about the other character, about his situation?

- Whom does "I" refer to in the song? Whom does "you" refer to in the song?

- What can you imagine about the characters' every day life and feelings?


3- What does the first line of § 2 refer to?


4- Vocabulary : §2


a) Find a synonym for word (9) ____________________
b) Find a word of the same family as (10) ___________ (11)_____________ (12)__________
c) A person who (13) ____________s is called a ______________
d) Find a synonym for "liberate" ___________________

Interactive vocabulary exercise

5 - In § 3, What difficulties do the characters face?

6- In § 3, Who does the pronoun "some" refer to?


7- In § 3, "Should" is used to give a piece of advice. What piece of advice do "some" people give the narrator? Imagine what other pieces of advice the narrator could be given by these people. Does the narrator follow their advice? (use : advise so to do stg/ if I were you I would…. (+vb)/ you should/shouldn't/ you ought to/ why don't you…?)

8 - Translate § 3

9 - What is the prevailing (= dominant) image or symbol in § 4. Justify by quoting from the text.
What "room" is refered to?
10- Fill in the blanks to sum up the song- interractive exercise

11- To what extent do the two cartoons HERE illustrate this song? Compare the message conveyed in the cartoons and in the song.