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Ghostbusters Theme (song by Ray Parker Jr.)

Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fe93CLbHjxQ 

Level: Easy to Medium

Language: Halloween, Colloquial structures, Question forms, Feelings

The first Ghostbusters movie was made in 1984. Ghostbusters 2 then appeared in 1989. A new version of the movie was made in 2016. The movies tell the story of an imaginary team of professionals called the Ghostbusters. Their job is to “bust” (destroy) ghosts who invade New York.

Task 1: The table below contains some words from the song. To prepare for the song, use a word or expression from the table to complete sentences 1-7.

head

alone

louder

neighbourhood

freaky / weird

pick up

invisible

1. If somebody calls me late at night, I feel scared to _________ the phone.

(clue: to answer the phone)

2. I can’t hear the music at this Halloween party! Can you play the music ________ ?

(clue: with more volume)

3. I couldn’t sleep last night because I had a lot of scary thoughts in my ________ .  

(clue: my mind)

4. Some children say that they have an ________ friend which other people can’t see.

(clue: something which is not possible to see)

5. The children in my __________ visit many different houses on the night of Halloween.

(clue: the part of the city/town where I live)

6. I watched a really _______ movie and then I couldn’t sleep because I was so afraid.

(clue: strange and maybe scary)

7. I always feel afraid when I’m in my house ______ at night.

(clue: with no other people)


Task 2: Now read the lyrics of the song. Try to complete the gaps using the words/expressions from the table in Task 1. Then listen to the song to see if you were correct.

Ghostbusters Theme:

If there's something strange in the (1) ____________

Who you gonna call? (Ghostbusters!)

If there's something (2) _________

And it don’t look good

Who you gonna call? (Ghostbusters!)

 

I ain't afraid of no ghost (x2)

 

If you're seeing things running through your (3) ____

Who can you call? (Ghostbusters!)

An (4) _________ man sleeping in your bed

Who you gonna call? (Ghostbusters!)

 

I ain't afraid of no ghost (x2)

Who you gonna call? (Ghostbusters!)

 

If you're all (5) ________

(6)__________ the phone and call … Ghostbusters!

I ain't afraid of no ghost, I hear it likes the girls

I ain't afraid of no ghost, yeah yeah yeah yeah

Who you gonna call? (Ghostbusters!)

If you've had a dose of a (7) ________ ghost, baby

You’d better call … Ghostbusters!

Let me tell you something,

Busting makes me feel good!

I ain't afraid of no ghost (x2)

 

Don't get caught alone no, no (Ghostbusters!)

When it comes through your door

Unless you just want some more

I think you’d better call (Ghostbusters!)

Who you gonna call? (Ghostbusters!) (x2)

I think you’d better call … Ghostbusters!

Who you gonna call? (Ghostbusters!)

I can't hear you

Who you gonna call? (Ghostbusters!)

(8) __________ ! … Ghostbusters!

(etc.)

Task 3: Sometimes, informal English has some mistakes with grammar. Try to complete the corrections for these 3 grammar mistakes from the song.

Sentences with grammar errors

Corrected sentences

1. Who you gonna call?

(* “gonna” = going to)

2. It don’t look good.

3. I ain’t afraid of no ghost.

(* “ain’t” = am not/aren’t/isn’t/don’t/doesn’t)

1. Who ______ you going to call?

2. It _______ look good.

3. I’m not afraid of ______ ghost.

ANSWERS:

Task 1

1.pick up   2.louder   3.head   4.invisible   5.neighbourhood   6.freaky/weird   7.alone

Task 2 - full lyrics

If there's something strange in the (1) neighbourhood

Who you gonna call? (Ghostbusters!)

If there's something (2) weird

And it don’t look good

Who you gonna call? (Ghostbusters!)

 

I ain't afraid of no ghost (x2)

 

If you're seeing things running through your (3) head

Who can you call? (Ghostbusters!)

An (4) invisible man sleeping in your bed

Who you gonna call? (Ghostbusters!)

 

I ain't afraid of no ghost (x2)

Who you gonna call? (Ghostbusters!)

 

If you're all (5) alone

(6) Pick up the phone and call … Ghostbusters!

 

I ain't afraid of no ghost, I hear it likes the girls

I ain't afraid of no ghost, yeah yeah yeah yeah

Who you gonna call? (Ghostbusters!)

If you've had a dose of a (7) freaky ghost, baby

You’d better call … Ghostbusters!

Let me tell you something,

Busting makes me feel good!

 

I ain't afraid of no ghost (x2)

 

Don' get caught alone no, no (Ghostbusters!)

When it comes through your door

Unless you just want some more

I think you’d better call (Ghostbusters!)

Who you gonna call? (Ghostbusters!) (x2)

I think you’d better call … Ghostbusters!

Who you gonna call? (Ghostbusters!)

I can't hear you

Who you gonna call? (Ghostbusters!)

(8) Louder! … Ghostbusters!

Task 3 - corrected sentences

1. Who you gonna call? → Who are you going to call? (In many informal texts, it’s acceptable to write “gonna” instead of “going to”. However, the omission of the verb “to be” is extremely colloquial and not commonly seen in any form of written English.)

2. It don’t look good → It doesn’t look good (In informal English, the negative auxiliary “don’t” is sometimes used for all subjects. However, to be grammatically correct, the auxiliary “doesn’t” should be used for sentences in the 3rd person.)

3. I ain’t afraid of no ghost → I’m not afraid of any ghosts (In informal English, it’s common to use “ain’t” to substitute negative auxiliaries like “aren’t”, “isn’t”, “don’t” and “doesn’t” but it is not considered grammatically correct. Also, grammar rules state that the word “no” is only possible in a sentence with a positive verb, e.g. “I’m afraid of no ghost”. In the song, the word “ain’t” is negative so it’s not possible to also use the word “no” in the sentence, it needs to be substituted with the word “any”.)

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