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Hopeless Wanderer

Mumford & Sons

Questions for Discussion

1) Find and copy a group of words that means 'weighed down by sadness'.

2) Find and copy one word that means 'not very clear or transparent'. 

3) 'When I lose my head, I lose my spine' - what do they mean by head here?

4) 'I will learn to love the skies I'm under' - where are the 'the skies' the singer is 'under'?

5) Find and copy a line from the song that shows the singer 'wants to live for a long time'. 

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This is the Day

The The

Questions for Discussion

1) Find and copy one word that means 'things remembered'.

2) Find and copy one line from the song that means 'time is going by'. 

3) The song is being sung about someone and their life. a) How does their family think about them and their life? b) is this different to how their life really is? Explain both answers using evidence. 

4) Which term best describes what this song is about this song? 'Sadness' or 'New beginnings'?

5) How do you know that the person who is being sung about might be tired? Give two reasons.

6) 'You've been reading some old letters//You smile and think how much you've changed' - When might these letters have been written? Explain your answer.

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The Man

Aloe Blacc

Questions for Discussion

1) Find one word that means 'run away'.

2) Find a line from the song that shows the writer is feeling 'strong'.

3) I played my cards and I didn't fold - What does it mean if you 'play your cards'?

4) 'Somewhere I heard that life is a test' - How could life be 'a test'?

5) 'This song is about change' - true or false? Support your opinion with evidence. 

6) 'It's a thin line between love and hate' - What does it mean if there is a 'thin line' between two things?

7) Choose one word that you think sums up this song. Why have you chosen this word?

8) Can you think of a film that has a similar theme to this song?

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Anywhere

Rita Ora

Questions for Discussion

1) Find and copy a group of two words that mean 'happens quickly'.

2) What is a synonym for 'vacation'?

3) Find and copy a group of words from the song that describe how the singer wants to be somewhere where she is unknown. 

4) How might 'looking for a connection in a crowd' make you feel? Use evidence to support your answer.

5) 'The singer wants to run away' - Find evidence to support this statement. 

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Am I Wrong?

Nino & Vinz

Questions for Discussion

1) Find a rhetorical question in the lyrics.

2) Find a line in the song that shows that the writer wants to be different.

3) Find a line from the song that shows the writer is ambitious.

4) 'Am I tripping for having a vision?' - What does it mean if you 'have a vision'?

5) 'Am I wrong for thinking out the box from where I stay?' - describe a time when you have thought 'out of the box'. 

6) Can you think of a different name for the song? One that better describes the meaning of it?

7) Which word better describes the singer: 'determined' or 'hopeful'?

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(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano

Sampha

Questions for Discussion

1) 'You would show me I have something, some people call a soul, And you drop-topped the sky, oh you arrived when I was three years old' - How is the singer singing to here?
2) Find and copy a group of words that show the singer left home.
3) 'And in my chest you know me best' - what is the singer referring to in his chest?
4) Find and copy one word that means 'to have reached a place at the end of a journey'.
5) When do you think the singer began playing the piano? Explain your answer.
6) What do you think this song is really about? Explain your answer.

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Sleep on the Floor

Lumineers

Questions for Discussion

1) Why does the singer tell someone to take 'their savings out'?
2) 'Leave a note on your bed, Let your mother know you're safe' - what do you think the note says?
3) Has the singer and the person he is singing to already ran away? Explain your answer.
4) Find and copy a line from the song that show the singer feels this might be the last chance to leave.
5) Find and copy one word from the song means 'to make up your mind'.

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