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"How Come, How Long"
By Kenneth Edmonds

There was a girl I used to know
She was oh so beautiful
But she's not here anymore
She had a college degree
Smart as anyone could be
She had so much to live for
But she fell in love
With the wrong kinda man
He abused her love and treated her so bad
There was not enough education in her world
That could save the life of this little girl

How come, how long
It's not right, it's so wrong
Do we let it just go on
Turn our backs and carry on
Wake up, for it's too late
Right now, we can't wait
She won't have a second try
Open up your hearts
As well as your eyes

She tried to give a cry for help
She even blamed things on herself
But no one came to her aid
Nothing was wrong as far as we could tell
That's what we'd like to tell ourselves
But no, it wasn't that way
So she fell in love
With the wrong kinda man
And she paid with her life
For loving that man
So we cannot ignore,
We must look for the signs
And maybe next time we might save
somebody's life

How come, how long
It's not right, it's so wrong
Do we let it just go on
Turn our backs and carry on
Wake up, for it's too late
Right now, we can't wait
She won't have a second try
Open up your hearts
As well as your eyes

I on occasion met that guy
It's been a feeling deep inside
Some ... wasn't right
The way he proves himself a man
By beating his woman with his hands
Oh I wish that she'd seen the light
How can someone like that call himself a man
He's not a man
Soon reality ...
And we cannot ignore
Whenever we see the signs
'Cause any kind of abuse
God knows, it's a crime

How come, how long
It's not right, it's so wrong
Do we let it just go on
Turn our backs and carry on
Wake up, for it's too late
Right now, we can't wait
She won't have a second try
Open up your hearts
As well as your eyes


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Exercises By Pablo Carrascosa González

 

"How Come, How Long" by Kenneth Edmonds (Babyface) is a song about a woman killed by her lover. No one comes to her aid and turn a blind eye to the abuse. The song was meant to raise awareness about physical abuse.

 1. Cross out and order the words

There was a igrl I used to know girl
She was oh so bfiltueau ……
But she´s not heer anymore ……
She dah a college degree ……
Smart as anyone docul be ……
She had so much to levi for ……
But she fell in vole ……
With the wrong kind of nam ……
He desabu her love and treated her so bad
……
There was not enough education in her
drowl
That could save the life of this little girl

2. Number the abused lines

… As well as your eyes.
… Do we let it just go on.
1 How come? How long?
… It´s not right. It´s so wrong
… Open up your hearts
… Right now. We can´t wait
… She won´t have a second try
… Turn our backs and carry on
… Wake up for it´s too late

3. Correct the crossed out abused lines.

She tried to give for help a cry. A help for cry
She even blamed things herself on, ………
But no one came her aid to ………
Nothing was wrong as far as we could tell
That´s what we´d like to tell ourselves,
But no: that way it wasn´t ………
So love fell in she………
With the wrong man of kind ………
And she paid her life with ………
that man For loving. ………
So ignore we cannot ………
We must the signs for look ………
And next time maybe ………
We might somebody´s life save ……….

4. Ignore the wrong word and circle the right one

I on occasion met/saw that guy.
He stirred up bad/fine feelings deep inside.
Something about her/him wasn´t right:
The way he proves/shows himself a man
By beating his woman with his fists/hands.
Oh I wish she´d seen the light/night.
How can someone like him/that
Call himself a man/person?
In fact/reality he´s far more less than that
And we cannot ignore/reject
Whenever we see the marks/signs
´cause any kind of abuse/hate
God knows isn´t right/wrong

5. Watch the video and sing the song


 

Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds (born 1958), is an American R&B and pop singer, songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist, record producer, film producer, and entrepreneur.

Stevie Wonder (born 1950) is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. A prominent figure in popular music during the latter half of the 20th century, Stevie Wonder has recorded more than 30 top ten hits.

 


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