Father and Son

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This 1970s Classic from Cat Stevens is sung in this video by pop group Boyzone, who mimic the style of that decade.The lyrics speak about the inevitable differences that arise between generations. “Some people think that I was taking the son’s side, but how could I have sung the father’s side if I couldn’t have understood it, too? I was listening to that song recently and I heard one line and realized that that was my father’s father’s father’s father speaking.” (Cat Stevens)

In each section there are two lines that do not match what the song says. Press ‘Start’ and choose the two lines that are incorrect:

Father and Son


1. It’s not time to make a change, just relax and take it easy.
2. You’re still young, that’s what you´re here for                                                     3. There’s so much you have to know.
4. Find a girl, settle down- If you want you can marry.
5. Look at me, I am old, but I’m happy.

6. I was once like you are now, and no, it wasn´t easy,
7. To become something you’ve found going on.
8. Take your time, think a lot, think of everything you’ve got.
9. For you will still be here tomorrow, but your dreams may not.


10. How can I explain? When I do he turns away again.
11. And it’s always been the same, same old story.
12. From the moment I could talk I was always listening…
13. Now there’s a way and I know that I have to go away. I know I have to go.

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14. It’s not time to make a change- just sit down and make it slowly.
15. You’re still young, that’s your fault, there’s so much you have to know.
16. Find a girl, settle down, if you want you can marry.
17. Look at me, I am old, but I’m happy.


18. All the times that I’ve cried, keeping all the things that were new inside,
19. And it’s hard, but it’s harder to ignore it.
20. They are right, I agree- but they know not me…
21. Now there’s a way and I know that I have to go away. I know I have to go.

Now you know which sentences are wrong, it’s time to correct them. Write the words that are missing. Do not use Capital Letters (except for ‘I’, of course):

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