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CANCER
By The Chemical Romance


Turn away
If you could get me a drink
Of water cause my lips are chapped and faded
Call my Aunt Marie
Help her gather all my things
And bury me
In all my favorite colors,
My sisters and my brothers, still,
I will not kiss you,
Cause the hardest part of this,
Is leaving you.

Now turn away,
Cause I'm awful just to see
Cause all my hair's abandoned all my body,
All my agony,
Know that I will never marry,
Baby, I'm just soggy from the chemo,
But counting down the days to go.
It just ain't living
And I just hope you know,

That if you say, (If you say)
Good-bye today, (Good-bye today)
I'd ask you to be true (I'd ask you to be true)
Cause the hardest part of this,
Is leaving you...

Cause the hardest part of this,
Is leaving you...

 

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By Isabel Pérez

1. Listen to the song and fill the gaps with the verbs in the table, then use the dictionary to understand all of them and get the meaning of the song:

abandoned, ask, bury, call, counting, gather, get, help, hope, kiss, know, leaving, living, marry, say, see, turn,

________ away
If you could _______ me a drink
Of water cause* my lips are chapped and faded
________ my Aunt Marie
________ her _______ all my things
And ________ me
In all my favorite colors,
My sisters and my brothers, still,
I will not ________ you,
Cause the hardest part of this,
Is ________ you.

Now ________ away,
Cause I'm awful just to ________
Cause all my hair's _________ all my body,
All my agony,
_______ that I will never _________,
Baby, I'm just soggy from the chemo*,
But _________down the days to ________.
It just ain't* _______
And I just ________ you _______,

That if you________, (If you ________)
Good-bye today, (Good-bye today)
I'd _______ you to be true (I'd ________ you to be true)
Cause the hardest part of this,
Is _________ you...

Cause the hardest part of this,
Is __________ you...


*ain't = isn't
*cause = because
*chemo = chemotherapy

2. Read the following phrases from the song and say which words are nouns and which are adjectives.

my lips are chapped and faded
my favorite colors
the hardest part
I'm awful
I'm just soggy
To be true

Translate the phrases and classify the adjectives according to positive or negative meaning.

Use the dictionary to study the words you have learnt

3. From Direct to Indirect Speech.

This song uses "direct speech" as the speaker is talking to his girlfriend directly, so we can use it to work "reported speech"

a. Find some imperative sentences in "direct speech" and change them into "reported speech":

b. Find a request. Change it into "reported speech":

c. Now, turn rewrite the other statements (negative and affirmative) in reported speech.

 

4. Read the song once again and answer the following questions:

a. What has happened to the protagonist of this song?
b. Why is he feeling bad?
c. Why is he so pessimistic?
d. Who is he talking to?

5. Now watch this video and write the story it tells in your own words.

The video has been made up using the TV advertisement by AFANOC (that got an award at Cannes) and the video from Chemical Romance.

6. Finally, watch this other video and sing the song. Sad, isn't it? But life is also this.

 

 

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