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Talking about past events

"When to the sessions of sweet silent thought I summon up remembrance of things past..."

When to the sessions of sweet silent thought
I summon up remembrance of things past,
I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought,
And with old woes new wail my dear time's waste:
Then can I drown an eye, unus'd to flow,
For precious friends hid in death's dateless night,
And weep afresh love's long since cancell'd woe,
And moan the expense of many a vanish'd sight:
Then can I grieve at grievances foregone,
And heavily from woe to woe tell o'er
The sad account of fore-bemoaned moan,
Which I new pay as if not paid before.
But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,
All losses are restor'd and sorrows end.

(Shakespeare, Sonnet 30)

Listen to the song and number on a piece of paper the words you find in the box, according to their position in the text.
To check your answers, double-click on each gap.

Had;  Got;  Seemed;  Went;  Met;  Were (2);  Told (2);  Needed;  Bought;  Bled;  Quit; Held (2); Knew (2); Spent

 

I (1)  GOT my first real six-string
(2)  BOUGHT it at the five-and-dime
Played it till my fingers (3)
BLED .
It was the summer of '69.

Me and some guys from school
(4)  HAD a band and we tried real hard
Jimmy (5) QUIT
and Jody got married
I shoulda* known we'd never get far

Oh when I look back now
That summer (6) SEEMED
to last forever
And if I had the choice
Ya - I'd always wanna be there
Those were the best days of my life

(CHORUS)

Ain't** no use in complainin'
When you got a job to do
(7) SPENT my evenings down at the drive in
And that's when I (8) MET you

Standing on your mama's porch
You (9) TOLD me that you'd wait forever
Oh and when you (10) HELD my hand
I (11) KNEW that it was now or never
Those (12) WERE the best days of my life

(Chorus) Back in Summer of '69

Man we were killin' time
We were young and restless
We (13) NEEDED to unwind
I guess nothing can last forever, forever, no.

And now the times are changing
Look at everything that's come and gone
Somethimes when I play that old six-string
I think about ya. I wonder what (14) WENT wrong

Standing on your mama's porch
You (15) TOLD me it would last forever
Oh and when you (16) HELD my hand
(17) KNEW that it was now or never
Those (18) WERE the best days of my life


(Chorus) Back in summer of '69

 

* Shoulda = Should have

** Ain't = (here) There is

Complete the sentences. Use only one word. Double-clik on the gaps to know the answer.

 

1. The bank robber  HELD a gun in his hand.

2. Ronald QUIT smoking three years ago.

3. There WERE only five people at the meeting.

4. Sheila alredy KNEW all the answers. Do you think she cheated?

5. I BOUGHT the book at the bookshop round the corner.

6. When I was at school I HAD very strict teachers.

7. Ruth and her husband MET for the first time at my place. They hit it off with each other.

 
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