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Music Video: India Arie

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Here is a listening lesson for our higher level students. Read through the lyrics below to the beautiful song ‘this too shall pass’, sung by India Arie. First try to guess which word completes the gaps from the context then listen to check your answers. If you really want a challenge, have a look at the missing words and try to think of synonyms that could replace them...

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Leson by Caroline

Missing Words

Achieved – accomplished
Pieces – separate bits of something
Bankrupt – being in a ruined state, to be being lacking in something
Tunnel – an underground passage
Ancestors – relatives who have died
Healing – getting better
War – a conflict
Barely – only just
Fear – the state of feeling frightened
Amateur – non-professional

This Too Shall Pass Lyrics

 I _1_ so much in life
 But I'm an _2_ in love
 My bank account is doing just fine
 But my emotions are _3_

My body is nice and strong
 But my heart is in a million _4_
 When the sun is shining so am I
But when the night falls so does my tears

Sometimes the beatings so loud in my heart
 That I can _5_ tell our voices apart
 Sometimes the _6_ is so loud in my head
 That I can barely hear what God says

Then I hear a whisper that this too shall pass
 I hear the angel's whisper that this too shall pass
 My _7_ whisper that this day will one day be the past
 So I walk in faith that this too shall pass

The one that loved me the most
 Turned around and hurt me the worst
 I'm doing my best to move on
 But the pain just keeps singing me songs

My head and my heart are at _8_
 Cause love ain't happening the way I wanted
 Feel like I'm about to break down
 Can't hear the light at the end of the _9_

So I pray for _10_ in my heart
To be put back together what is torn apart
 And I pray for quiet in my head
 That I can hear clearly what God says

Now decide what the ten missing words are:

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