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Elvis Presley
 


Elvis Presley

 


1. A pop song. Listen to it. Read the text. Then answer the questions below.


 

Elvis Presley, In the Ghetto


(words & music by Scott Davis)


As the snow flies
On a cold and gray Chicago mornin'
A poor little baby child is born
In the ghetto
05 And his mama cries
'cause if there's one thing that she don't need
it's another hungry mouth to feed
In the ghetto
People, don't you understand
10 the child needs a helping hand
or he'll grow to be an angry young man some day
Take a look at you and me,
are we too blind to see,
do we simply turn our heads
and look the other way
15 Well the world turns
and a hungry little boy with a runny nose
plays in the street as the cold wind blows
In the ghetto
And his hunger burns
20 so he starts to roam the streets at night
and he learns how to steal
and he learns how to fight
In the ghetto
Then one night in desperation
25 a young man breaks away
He buys a gun, steals a car,
tries to run, but he don't get far
And his mama cries
As a crowd gathers 'round an angry young man
30 face down on the street with a gun in his hand
In the ghetto
As her young man dies,
on a cold and gray Chicago mornin',
another little baby child is born
35 In the ghetto


 
Questions on the text.


 
1.1. Retell the story of the baby who grows up in the ghetto. (7 sentences)

 

 

 

 


  
1.2. What does the word "ghetto" stand for in this song? (2 sentences)

 

 


  
1.3. How does the author open and end his song? (2 sentences)

 

 


  
1.4. What does he want to express? (2 sentences)

 

 


  
1.5. What does the author want the listeners to do and how does he tell them? (2 sentences)

 

 


2. Conditional clauses. Complete the following dialogue. Use the correct tenses of the verbs in brackets.

Mother: Listen, all of you. If the weather (look) nice tomorrow, we (go) to the seaside.


Father: All right: But if I  (be) you, I (look) at the forecast on TV tonight to make sure.


Daughter: Well, I'm afraid I (not be able) to get up that early if I (go) to Dan's party tonight.


12.30 next day.


Mother: If we (leave) earlier, we (not get) stuck in that awful traffic jam back there.


Son: Well, we (be able) to start in time if 'Sleeping Beauty' (spend) so long in the bathroom.


Daughter: I like that ! Anyway, we (get) into that stupid traffic jam in the first place if we  (listen)

 

to the traffic news on the radio like I suggested.


Father: Well, let's not worry about whose fault it all was. We've still got a nice day ..... hm ..... afternoon - on the beach to look forward to.

 

If this rain   (stop) we (have) a great time, I'm sure.

 
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