Like a hobo by Charlie Winston

Dimanche 3 mai 2009

1-  Listen carefully to the song  and circle the words you hear.

now         known         know

world        word       worm

everything        anything       something

though       true       through

blur       burnt       burns

long       longs       longed

filling        feeling

hello     home boy     hobo

earned        yearned        year

now      how

keep         keeps         kept

hat         head         hate

praise        praised         pray

won’t       wants        want

say         said      says

2-  Listen and re-order the first stanza.

  • A-everything’s as good as bad
  • B-and lies
  • C-I’ve always known
  • D-that’s the best advice I’ve had
  • E-they only stop me from feeling free
  • F-I long to be
  • G-and I have to say
  • H-in this world
  • I-burns inside of me
  • J-since I was a young boy
  • K-now my father told me
  • L-it’s everything
  • M-always speak a true word
  • N-because something

3- Listen to the chorus and put the words in the right order.

hobo/a/home/like/broken/from/a

………………………………………………………………………………………..

gonna/me/nothing/stop/’s

………………………………………………………………………………………..

4- Listen  to the second stanza and find the missing words.

I’ve never……………………………….for anybody’s……………………………….

The less I……………………………….the more I am……………………………….

Now……………………………….told me always…………………………your head on

……………………………….some may praise you just to get ……………………………….

And I said mama……………………………….

They……………………………….what……………………………….

And what would ……………………………….be like without a few………………………..

5 – Underline the stressed syllabes.


  • always
  • everything
  • father
  • advice
  • something
  • inside
  • feeling
  • hobo
  • broken
  • home
  • nothing
  • fortune
  • mother
  • because
  • afraid
  • mistakes


6- Classify the words according to their  vowel sound.

known     since    bad    father   speak    advice   had    something    inside   me

be lies    they feeling   free    hobo broken   home   man  mother  keep  afraid

take   mistake  life

/i/

pig

/i:/  meat

/eu/  hole

/ae/

cat

/^/

love

/ai/

kite

/ei/  eight

7- Explain


There are huge spaces typical of the American landscapes
There are wealthy(=rich) people walking and hanging about.

The singer is wearing a suit and looks rather young and good-looking

He has a friend with him on his side (à ses côtés)

Word in context: Can you deduce the meaning of « hobo » (here)?

  • un marcheur

  • un saisonnier

  • un clandestin

Can you complete?

as……………. as………..

the less………………… ………..the more……………………..

What is the rhythm of the music like?

It is rather strange/bizarre/interesting/unusual: original/ outstanding=remarquable,pleasant/ unpleasant

What is happening at the end of the video-clip?

What is the general meaning of the song?You may use the words from the toolbox:

freedom-liberty-life-death- kingdom-illusions-history-America-the frontier-space and American society-

ups and downs of life- experience— happy-go-lucky— pleasant and cheerful tone-positive thinking-confidence -confident-

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