Nancy Sinatra – Bang Bang (Past Simple Regular & Irregular practise)

Nancy Sinatra – Bang Bang

(A class with the famous song by Nancy Sinatra to practice verbs in the Past Simple)

Who was Nancy Sinatra?

Can you name any of her songs?

What relationship is she to Frank Sinatra

Ex 1: While listening to the song put the verbs in brackets into the past simple.

Link to the Video:

Verse 1

I ………..(be) five and he ……….. (be) six

We ……….. (ride) on horses made of sticks

He ……….. (wear) black I ……….. (wear) white

He would always win the fight

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Choras 1

Bang bang,  He ……….. (shoot) me down

Bang bang,  I ……….. (hit) the ground

Bang bang,  that awful sound

Bang bang,  my baby ……….. (shoot) me down

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Verse 2

Seasons ……….. (come) and ………..(change) the time

When I ……….. (grow) up I ……….. (call) him mine

He would always laugh and say

Remember when we ……….. to play

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Choras 2

Bang bang,  I ……….. (shoot) you down

Bang bang, You ……….. (hit) the ground

Bang bang,  that awful sound

Bang bang, I ………. to shoot you down

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Refrain

Music ……….. (play) and people ……….. (sing)

Just for me the church bells ……….. (ring)

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Verse 3

Now he`s gone, I don’t know why

Until this day, sometimes I cry

He ……….. (not say) even say good bye

He ………..(not take) the time to lie

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[Repeat chorus 1]

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Exercise:

 Try and put “used to” into sentences.

  1. I used to smoke 20 cigarettes a day
  2. I used to play tennis but now I go to the gym for exercise.
  3. We used to visit my grandparents every Sunday.

Try to put “didn’t used to” into sentences.

1. I didn’t use to like garlic, but now I eat it all the time.

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Understanding the lyrics:

1. Take a look at the line in the first verse

“we rode on horses made of sticks” – What game were they playing?

2. next, take a look at the first chorus – Who won the first fight?

3. Take a look at the line in the second verse

“when I grew up I called him mine” – What does the phrasal verb “grow up” mean?

in reference to time, what has happened in this verse?

4. next, take a look at the second chorus – Who won the second fight?

5. In the Refrain, what does the reference to “church bells” mean?

6. Finally, what happened in the third verse?

 

Pronunciation with Regular verbs

Take a look at the the 3 regular verbs below

 

Seasons came and changed the time

When I grew up I called him mine

He would always laugh and say

Remember when we used to play

 

Question: In each example, which sound does the -ed ending have?

 

Note: I used to has a [t] sound. [I use+t to]

The negative is formed in a regular manner – “I didn’t use to” and has a similar sound.

 

 

 

 

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