Cruel Summer by Taylor Swift ESL worksheet

Cruel Summer – Taylor Swift (Song worksheet)

Instructions: Listen to the song and circle the correct answer.

Fever dream high in the quiet of the 1. (might/night), You know that I 2. (taught/caught) it. Bad, bad 3. (toy/boy), Shiny toy with a 4. (spice/price), You know that I 5. (fought/bought) it. Killing me slow, out the 6. (pillow/window), I’m always waiting for you to be waiting below. Devils 7. (roll/stroll) the dice, angels roll their 8. (eyes/pies), What doesn’t kill me makes me want you 9. (sore/more).

And it’s new, the shape of your 10. (body/hobby), It’s blue, the feeling I’ve got, And it’s ooh, whoa, oh. It’s a cruel summer,

It’s cool, that’s what I 11. (sell/tell) ’em, No rules in breakable 12. (heaven/seven), But ooh, whoa oh. It’s a cruel summer 13. (without/with) you.

Hang your head 14. (throw/low), In the glow of the vending machine, I’m not 15. (dying/lying). You say that we’ll just screw it up in these 16. (trying/dying) times, We’re not 17. (trying/flying). So cut the headlights, summer’s a 18. (knife/life), I’m always waiting for you just to cut to the 19. (phone/bone). Devils 20. (toll/roll) the dice, angels roll their 21. (lies/eyes), And if I bleed, you’ll be the last to 22. (throw/know).

Oh, it’s new, the shape of your 23. (lobby/body), It’s blue, the feeling I’ve 24. (got/plot), And it’s ooh, whoa, oh. It’s a cruel summer,

It’s cool, that’s what I 25. (yell/tell) ’em, No rules, in breakable 26. (leaven/heaven), But ooh, whoa, oh. It’s a cruel summer 27. (with/without) you.

I’m drunk in the back of the car, And I cried like a baby coming home from the bar – oh, Said, “I’m fine,” but it wasn’t 28. (blue/true), I don’t wanna keep secrets just to keep 29. (due/you). And I snuck in through the garden 30. (fate/gate), Every night that summer just to seal my 31. (fate/date) oh, And I screamed for whatever it’s 32. (birth/worth), “I love you,” ain’t that the worst thing you ever 33. (heard/word)?

Speaking:

  • How do the lyrics of “Cruel Summer” make you feel? Can you share a personal experience that felt like a ‘cruel summer’ to you?
  • The song talks about conflicting feelings and secrets. Have you ever experienced mixed emotions where you felt both happy and sad about something? How did you express these feelings, and to whom did you choose to reveal them?
  • In “Cruel Summer,” Taylor Swift mentions making tough choices and facing consequences. Can you think of a time when you had to make a difficult decision that had a big impact on your life? How did you decide what to do, and how do you feel about that choice now?

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