3. Looking forward to the day

 

I’m looking forward to the day

When everybody can stand and say

You can’t get away with that

What you take out you must put back

Help us to save our skies and seas

And don’t let them cut down all our trees

 

It’s time to stand up for what you feel

Make sure that what they say is real

Find out what they really mean

Is it what you have often seen?

What they invent turns out to be

The ruin of our society

 

So… listen to their words and look at their faces

Are they going to wipe out our wide open spaces?

Think about the noise you have to put up with

Is this the way you want your children to live?

 

I’m looking forward to the day

When I see the clouds all roll away

If the aeroplanes don’t fly

We can make out the blue in the sky

Let’s live the simple life again

And learn to get on with other men

 

So… listen to their words and look at their faces

Are they going to wipe out our wide open spaces?

Think about the noise you have to put up with

Is this the way you want your children to live?

Words and music by Ken Wilson

Vocals: Dede Wilson

Piano: Nigel Stewart

Acoustic guitar: Ken Wilson

Notes

The song is a vehicle for a lot of phrasal verbs, prepositional verbs, multi-part verbs – whatever! This is not the place to go into the semantics what to call these kinds of expressions. The fact is, you have a song here that’s packed with them, and there are various things you can do with it.

First of all, here’s a list of the verbs used:

Two-word verbs

take out      put back      cut down    make sure     turn out     listen to

look at       wipe out      think about     roll away     make out

Three-word verbs

look forward to     get away with    stand up for    put up with     get on with

Teaching idea

Two-word verbs – Give student a worksheet with the second word missing. Let them try to fill in the missing words, and then listen to the song to check.

and/or …

Three-word verbs

Pre-teach and discuss the meanings of the three-word verbs, then give the students a worksheet with the whole three-word verbs missing and let them try to fill it in before listening to the song. Put the list of possible answers on the worksheet.

The song also has some environmental themes that you might want to discuss.  Tell the class that the song was written and recorded in the 1970s. Have things changed since then? Have they improved or got worse?

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