How many things do you do every day? How many people do you provide for? How hard do you work to earn a living? What are your responsibilities? Are you or someone you love having to cope with a severe disease?
We tend tolook up to(to admire or respect) some people, our heroes, as examples and role models. But think carefully. When you spend some time really listening to someone, when you have the money to pay all your bills, when you care for a sick person daily, you are a hero. That’s when a hero lies inside of you.
Look at the lyrics below. Look up the words you don’t know, and notice how they combine. Then play the game. Have fun!
There’s a hero If you look inside your heart You don’t have to be afraid Of what you are There’s an answer If you reach into your soul And the sorrow that you know Will melt away
And then a hero comes along With the strength to carry on And you cast your fears aside And you know you can survive So when you feel like hope is gone Look inside you and be strong And you’ll finally see the truth That a hero lies in you
It’s a long road When you face the world alone No one reaches out a hand For you to hold You can find love If you search within yourself And that emptiness you felt Will disappear
And then a hero comes along With the strength to carry on And you cast your fears aside And you know you can survive So when you feel like hope is gone Look inside you and be strong And you’ll finally see the truth That a hero lies in you That a hero lies in you Mmm, that a hero lies in you
Lord knows, dreams are hard to follow But don’t let anyone tear them away Just hold on, there will be tomorrow In time, you’ll find the way
And then a hero comes along, with the strength to carry on And you cast your fears aside, and you know you can survive So when you feel like hope is gone Look inside you and be strong And you’ll finally see the truth, that a hero lies in you
That a hero lies in you That a hero lies in you That a hero lies in you
This is You’ve Got A Friend performed by the worldwide cast of Beautiful (in quarantine) for The Actors Fund.
Listening to this song is good enought, but to make it even better, go to lyricstraining, select a game mode from beginners to expert, and work on the lyrics! It’s so fun and it’s a super way of learning and practicing your English!
“When you’re down…” You know what ‘down’ means! We have already looked at that! So now, enjoy the song!
Nat King Cole (March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965), was an American singer and jazz pianist. He recorded over one hundred songs that became hits on the pop charts. He also actedin films and on television and performed on Broadway. He was the first African-American man to host an American television series. He was the father of singer/songwriter Natalie Cole (1950-2015).
Do you know who was the composer?
Chaplin was! Smile is a song based on an instrumental theme used in the soundtrack for Charlie Chaplin’s 1936 movie Modern Times. Chaplin composed the music, inspired by Puccini‘s Tosca. John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons added the lyrics and title in 1954. In the lyrics, based on lines and themes from the film, the singer is telling the listener to cheer up and that there is always a bright tomorrow, just as long as they smile.
Okay! So smile and let’s work on it!
1. Circle the -ing verbs you hear in the poem
2.Choose the correct word
Smile though your heart/head is aching
Smile/Laugh even though it’s breaking
When there are fogs/clouds in the sky, you’ll survive/get by
If you smile through your panic/fear and sorrow/ grief
Smile and perhaps/maybe tomorrow
You’ll see the stars/sun come shining through for you
3. Fill in the missing words
Light up your
face with ____________
trace of ____________
Although a _________
may be ever so _________
That’s the _________
you must _________ on trying
the _________ of crying?
that _________ is still worthwhile
If you _________ smile
4. Find the synonym in the song
5. Match the verbs to their definitions
a. to cry – b. to smile – c. to get by – d. to shine through – e. to light up – f. to hide
something is strong and easy to see
to not show an emotion
to weep; shed tears, with or without sound
to look happy
to make a happy or friendly expression in which the corners of your mouth curve up
to be able to live or deal with a situation with difficulty
6. Now look at this image! How would you say that in English?