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The Logical Song

– Roger Hodgson, Supertramp

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 __________.
Oh ___________, oh ___________ watching me.

But then they sent me away to teach me how to be ___________.


___________, oh ___________, __________.
And they showed me a world where I could be so ___________.
Oh ___________, oh ___________, ___________.

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 __________.


A __________, oh ___________, ___________.
Oh won’t you sign up you name, we’d like to feel you’re
___________, ___________, oh __________, a vegetable.

At night 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.

Name Date:

Listening Activity: The Logical Song by Super Tramp

Question 1: Turning to your partner check your answers (don’t fill in any of the blanks
yet!):

1. Young _________ 16. Asleep _________


2. Wonderful _________ 17. Deep _________
3. Beautiful _________ 18. Simple _________
4. Magical _________ 19. Absurd _________
5. Happily _________ 20. Radical _________
6. Joyfully _________ 21. Liberal _________
7. Playfully _________ 22. Fanatical _________
8. Sensible _________ 23. Criminal _________
9. Logical _________ 24. Acceptable _________
10.Responsible _________ 25. Respectable _________
11.Practical _________ 26. Presentable _________
12.Dependable _________ 27. Asleep
13.Clinical _________ 28. Deep
14.Intellectual _________ 29. Simple
15.Cynical _________ 30. Absurd

1.2. Referring back to the above list, label words 1 - 26 as either an adjective or an adverb
by filling in the blanks next to each.

1.3. Choosing words from the above list, choose the correct word to the following
meanings:

a. __________ : having good judgment and the ability to act correctly and make
decisions on your own.
b. __________ : favourable to progress or reform, as in political or religion.
c. __________ : very attractive/very pleasant.
d. __________ : extremely objective and realistic.
e. __________ : satisfactory and able to be agreed to or approved of.
f. __________ : using logic, or a person who uses logic.
g. __________ : believing or expressing the belief that there should be great or
extreme social or political change
h. __________ : unreasonable; foolish in an amusing way; illogical or untrue.
i. __________ : looking suitable, especially in the way you are dressed.

1. 4. Complete the table by modifying the given word to suit the word category:

Verb Noun Adjective Adverb


To play Playfulness
- Joyfulness
- Happy

Question 2: Writing activity

Framework for creative writing:

1. Write 100 - 150 words describing the way you saw the world during one, or all, of the
following three phrases of your life:

Childhood
Adolescence
Adulthood

Pay attention to descriptive words, referring to The Logical Song for ideas, and use
paragraphs to separate different phases/ideas.

2. Using some of the words that were pulled out of The Logical Song, as well as their
opposites (ie. happily > sadly, Liberal > Conservative), describe yourself and your outlook
on life. 100 – 150 words.

3. Analyse The Logical Song, and by using evidence from the text, write down your
interpretation of the song. What do you think Roger Hodgson was trying to say through his
lyrics? 100 – 150 words.