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Listening Practice 'Defying Gravity' from Wicked

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Seeing as the last listening from 'Wicked the musical' was so popular, I decided to do another one! This is the most famous song from the production, 'Defying Gravity'. I have put some words and their definitions at the top. Can you match the words to the gaps? Try doing it without listening first if you want an extra challenge!

Bliss - a state of extreme happiness.
Cause - (in this context)a goal to which you are dedicated.
Ambition - something you really want to achieve.
Team - a group of people who work together.
Rules - a set of instructions that you have to follow.
Cost - the price you pay to get something.
Limits - the boundaries.
Regret - to wish you hadn'’t done something.
Instincts - a natural impulse to do something.
Delusions - a false belief or opinion.



Defying Gravity - Wicked

GLINDA:(spoken)
Elphaba - why couldn't you have stayed calm for
once, instead of flying off the handle!
(sung) I hope you're happy!
I hope you're happy now
I hope you're happy how you
Hurt your ………(1)……….forever
I hope you think you're clever!

ELPHABA
I hope you're happy
I hope you're happy, too
I hope you're proud how you
Would grovel in submission
To feed your own…………(2)……….

BOTH
So though I can't imagine how
I hope you're happy right now

GLINDA
(spoken) Elphie, listen to me. Just say you're sorry:
(sung) You can still be with the Wizard
What you've worked and waited for
You can have all you ever wanted:

ELPHABA
(spoken) I know:
(sung) But I don't want it -
No - I can't want it
Anymore

Something has changed within me
Something is not the same
I'm through with playing by the ……(3)………
Of someone else's game
Too late for second-guessing
Too late to go back to sleep
It's time to trust my…………(4)…………
Close my eyes: and leap!

It's time to try
Defying gravity
I think I'll try
Defying gravity
And you can't pull me down!

GLINDA
Can't I make you understand?
You're having ……………(5)………….. of grandeur:

ELPHABA
I'm through accepting ………(6)………..
''cause someone says they're so
Some things I cannot change
But till I try, I'll never know!
Too long I've been afraid of
Losing love I guess I've lost
Well, if that's love
It comes at much too high a …………(7)………!
I'd sooner buy
Defying gravity
Kiss me goodbye
I'm defying gravity
And you can't pull me down:
(spoken) Glinda - come with me. Think of what we could
do together.

(sung) Unlimited
Together we're unlimited
Together we'll be the greatest……(8)……..
There's ever been
Glinda -
Dreams, the way we planned 'em

GLINDA
If we work in tandem:

BOTH
There's no fight we cannot win
Just you and I
Defying gravity
With you and I
Defying gravity

ELPHABA
They'll never bring us down!
(spoken) Well? Are you coming?

GLINDA
I hope you're happy
Now that you're choosing this

ELPHABA
(spoken) You too
(sung) I hope it brings you ………(9)…………..

BOTH
I really hope you get it
And you don't live to …………(10)……… it
I hope you're happy in the end
I hope you're happy, my friend:

Lesson by Caroline

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