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The Cave - Mumford & Sons

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I chose this song for a listening lesson as I think it has some interesting vocabulary.

I hope there will be a mixture of words you know very well and perhaps some that are less familiar.

Listen to the song and then see if you can put the words in the correct gaps.

I've written the meanings of the missing words to aid your understanding.
Lesson by Caroline



Missing Words

Choke (x2) – to stop the breath by force, to strangle.
Faults - defects or imperfections.
Refresh - to provide new energy.
Dependence - the state on relying on someone or something for aid.
Shame – a painful feeling when you think you’ve done something wrong. Similar to guilt.
Cave – a hollow in the earth or a mountain.
Harvest – the gathering of crops for food.

The Cave - Mumford & Sons

It's empty in the valley of your heart
The sun, it rises slowly as you walk
Away from all the fears
And all the _1_ you've left behind

The _2_ left no food for you to eat
You cannibal, you meat-eater, you see
But I have seen the same
I know the _3_ in your defeat

But I will hold on hope
And I won't let you _4_
On the noose around your neck

And I'll find strength in pain
And I will change my ways
I'll know my name as it's called again

Cause I have other things to fill my time
You take what is yours and I'll take mine
Now let me at the truth
Which will _5_ my broken mind

So tie me to a post and block my ears
I can see widows and orphans through my tears
I know my call despite my faults
And despite my growing fears

But I will hold on hope
And I won't let you _6_
On the noose around your neck

And I'll find strength in pain
And I will change my ways
I'll know my name as it's called again

So come out of your _7_ walking on your hands
And see the world hanging upside down
You can understand _8_
When you know the maker's hand

So make your siren's call
And sing all you want
I will not hear what you have to say

Cause I need freedom now
And I need to know how
To live my life as it's meant to be

Now decide which missing words are needed. Use 'choke' twice:

  • Missing Word 1:
  • Missing Word 2:
  • Missing Word 3:
  • Missing Word 4:
  • Missing Word 5:
  • Missing Word 6:
  • Missing Word 7:
  • Missing Word 8: