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Listening - Blood Brothers

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Are you superstitious?

Superstition: a belief not based on knowledge on reason that certain actions will bring about negative results.

Superstitious: a person who believes in superstitions. e.g. 'She thinks that if you break a mirror you will have seven years bad luck, she’s so superstitious!'

This song, from the musical Blood Brothers, is all about superstitions, like the one above. Do you have common superstitions in your country? A friend once got really angry at me because I opened an umbrella inside the house! I'm still not sure what she thought would happen!

Listen to this song and try and complete the gaps. Then tell us about superstitions in your country.

Note: You may notice that some of the words in this song have incorrect spellings e.g. 'y'know' instead of 'you know'. This is because the spelling is representing the accent, which is Northern English!

Lesson by Caroline Devane

Blood Brothers - Shoes upon the Table

Missing Words



How swiftly those who've made a _1_
Can come to overlook the fact
Or wish the reckoning be delayed
But a debt is a debt, and must be paid.

You do know what they say about twins,
Secretly parted, don't you?

What? What?

They say that if either _2_ learns that he was
One of a pair, they shall both immediately die.
It means, Mrs. Johnstone, that these brothers
Shall grow up, unaware of the other's existence
They shall be raised apart and
Never, ever told what was once the _3_
You won't tell anyone about this, Mrs. Johnstone.
Because if you do, you will kill them.

_4_ upon the table
And a spider's been killed.
Someone broke the looking glass.
A full _5_ is shining.
And the salt's been spilled.
You're walking on the pavement _6_
Don't know what's gonna come to pass.
Now y'know the devil's got your number.
Y'know he's gonna find y''.
Y'know he's right behind y'',
He's staring through your windows
He's creeping down the hall.

Ain't no point in clutching
At your _7_
You're always gonna know what was done
Even when you shut your _8_ you still see
That you sold a son
And you can't tell anyone
But y'know the devil's got your number
Y'know he's gonna find y'.
Y'know he's right behind y',
He's standin' on your step
And he's knocking at your door.
He's knocking at your door.
He's knocking at your door.

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