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THE LOGICAL SONG, SUPERTRAMP

When I was young, it seemed that life was so wonderful,


a miracle, oh it was beautiful, magical.
And all the birds in the trees, well they'd be singing so happily,
joyfully, playfully watching me.
But then they send me away to teach me how to be sensible,
logical, responsible, practical.
And they showed me a world where I could be so dependable,
clinical, intellectual, cynical.
There are times when all the world's asleep,
the questions run too deep
for such a simple man.
Won't you please, please tell me what we've learned
I know it sounds absurd
but please tell me who I am.
Now watch what you say or they'll be calling you a radical,
liberal, fanatical, criminal.
Won't you sign up your name, we'd like to feel you're
acceptable, respectable, presentable, a vegetable!
At night, when all the world's asleep,
the questions run so deep
for such a simple man.
Won't you please, please tell me what we've learned
I know it sounds absurd
but please tell me who I am.

THE LOGICAL SONG, SUPERTRAMP


EXERCISE 1: Fill in the gaps.
When I was ____________, it seemed that life was so ____________,
a miracle, oh it was ____________, ____________.
And all the birds in the trees, well they'd be singing so ____________,
____________, ____________ watching me.
But then they send me away to teach me how to be ____________,
____________, ____________, ____________.
And they showed me a world where I could be so ____________,
____________,____________, ____________.
There are times when all the world's ____________,
the questions run too ____________
for such a ____________ man.
Won't you please, please tell me what we've learned
I know it sounds ____________
but please tell me who I am.
Now watch what you say or they'll be calling you a ____________,
____________, ____________, ____________.
Won't you sign up your name, we'd like to feel you're
____________, ____________, ____________, a vegetable!
At night, when all the world's ____________,
the questions run so ____________
for such a ____________ man.
Won't you please, please tell me what we've learned
I know it sounds ____________
but please tell me who I am.
EXERCISE 2: What's the meaning of...?
(1) acceptable
(2) criminal
(3) cynical
(4) asleep
(5) deep

(6) simple
(7) absurd
(8) radical
(9) liberal
(10) fanatical

(11) intellectual
(12) magical
(13) sensible
(14) logical
(15) practical

(16) dependable
(17) clinical
(18) presentable
(19) respectable

(20) responsible
(21) young
(22) beautiful
(23) wonderful

a) going or being a long way down from the top or surface, or being of a particular distance from the
top to the bottom
b) having an awareness or understanding of a situation
c) favorable to progress or reform, as in political or religious affairs
d) very attractive; very pleasant
e) extremely objective and realistic; dispassionately analytic; unemotionally critical
f) satisfactory and able to be agreed to or approved of
g) not elaborate or artificial; plain
h) looking suitable or good enough, especially in the way you are dressed
i) extremely good
j) sleeping or not awake; into a dormant or inactive state; to rest
k) considered to be socially acceptable because of your good character, appearance or behavior
l) guided or developed by or relying on the intellect rather than upon emotions or feelings; rational
m) having lived or existed for only a short time and not old
n) bitterly or sneeringly distrustful, contemptuous, or pessimistic
o) ridiculous or unreasonable; foolish in an amusing way; utterly or obviously senseless, illogical, or
untrue; contrary to all reason or common sense; laughably foolish or false
p) believing or expressing the belief that there should be great or extreme social or political change

q) reasoning in accordance with the principles of logic, as a person or the mind; reasonable; to be
expected
r) very bad or morally wrong
s) motivated or characterized by an extreme, uncritical enthusiasm or zeal, as in religion or politics
t) relating to experience, reality or action rather than ideas or imagination
u) having good judgment and the ability to act correctly and make decisions on your own
v) capable of being depended on; worthy of trust; reliable
w) produced by or as if by magic; mysteriously enchanting
EXERCISE 3: Word Formation. Complete the chart.
VERB
to play
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NOUN
playfulness

ADJECTIVE
playful
happy

ADVERB
playfully
joyfully

magical
respect
to depend
beauty
to sleep
acceptance
logic
sensible
EXERCISE 4: Describe yourself. Who are you?
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