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Make you feel my love (by Adele or Bob Dylan)

Level: Medium  Language: Pronunciation, Phonetics, Love, Relationships, Weather

Adele is in love! Well, originally Bob Dylan was in love but then Adele stole his song about it. Which version do you prefer?

Task 1: Listen to the song and complete the gaps. Remember that the final words of the lines use only one vowel sound per verse – use the phonetic symbol  to help you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0put0_a--Ng (Adele version)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ql2qlO8HH20 (Bob Dylan version)

(Verse 1 vowel sound: /ei/ like in the word “train” or “waste”)
When the rain is blowing in your ______

And the whole world is on your case
I could offer you a warm _________
To make you feel my love

(Verse 2 vowel sound: /i:/ like in the word “tree” or “clear”)
When the evening shadows and the stars ________

And there is no-one there to dry your ________
I could hold you for a million ________
To make you feel my love

(Verse 3 vowel sound: /e/ like in the word “leg” or “yes”)

I know you haven't made your mind up _____
But I would never do you wrong
I've known it from the moment that we _____
No doubt in my mind where you belong

(Verse 4 vowel sound: /u:/ like in the word “shoe” or “rude”)

I'd go hungry, I'd go black and ________
And I'd go crawling down the avenue
You know there's nothing that I wouldn't _____
To make you feel my love

(Verse 5 vowel sound: /i:/ like in the word “tree” or “clear”)

The storms are raging on the rolling ______

And on the highway of regret
The winds of change are blowing wild and _______
You ain't seen nothing like me yet

(Verse 6 vowel sound: /u:/ like in the word “shoe” or “rude”)

I could make you happy, make your dreams come ________

Nothing that I wouldn't ______
Go to the ends of the Earth for _______
To make you feel my love,
to make you feel my love

Task 2: Summarise the basic idea of the song in two or three short sentences. Use the mini-dictionary below to help you. When you have finished, compare your sentences with your classmate or teacher.

Mini-dictionary:

somebody is on your case = somebody is insisting that you do something (in an irritating way)

to make your mind up = to decide

to do somebody wrong = to do a bad/incorrect thing to somebody

to go black and blue = when your skin turns black and blue after an accident

to crawl = to move on your hands and knees (e.g. like a baby)

to rage = to act in a very angry way

ain't = isn't/aren't/haven't/hasn't (a colloquial way to make a sentence negative)

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Answers:

The song is open to interpretation. It seems that Adele is telling her love that in the difficult moments of his life, she will be there to remind him that she loves him. She has decided that she loves him absolutely but he hasn’t fully decided yet if he feels the same. However, Adele feels that a change is coming - that he will accept her love.

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