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Learn English with music: The present simple

The Big Rock Candy Mountain

Level: A1 (Elementary) - American English


Practise the present simple with this Harry McClintock song.

Fill in all the gaps with a verb in the present simple, then press "Check" to check your answers. Use the "Hint" button to get a free letter if you don't know the word.
One evening as the sun went down
And the jungle fire was burning,
Down the track came a hobo hiking,
And he said, "Boys, I'm not turning
I'm headed for a land that's far away
Besides the crystal fountains
So with me, we'll go and see
The Big Rock Candy Mountains

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains,
There's a land that's fair and bright,
Where the handouts on bushes
And you out every night.
Where the boxcars all empty
And the sun every day
On the birds and the bees
And the cigarette trees
The lemonade springs
Where the bluebird
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains.

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains
All the cops wooden legs
And the bulldogs all rubber teeth
And the hens soft-boiled eggs
The farmers' trees full of fruit
And the barns full of hay
Oh I'm bound to go
Where there ain't no snow
Where the rain don't
The wind don't
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains.

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains
You never your socks
And the little streams of alcohol
trickling down the rocks
The brakemen have to their hats
And the railway bulls blind
There's a lake of stew
And of whisky too
You can all around it
In a big canoe
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains,
The jails made of tin.
And you can right out again,
As soon as you in.
There ain't no short-handled shovels,
No axes, saws or picks,
I'm going to stay
Where you all day,
Where they hung the jerk
That invented work
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains.
I'll see you all this coming fall
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains


"hobo": a person who travels around looking for work and does not have a permanent home

"handout": something given to the poor for free, for example money, food or clothes

"boxcar": railroad car used to carry goods

"cop": slang term for police officer

"brakeman": the train worker responsible for braking the train and also for making sure nobody was riding the train without paying

"railway bull": a railroad policeman

"short-handled shovels": shovel used for digging which, because the handle was short, caused much back pain to those using it

"jerk": slang term for stupid person

"fall": American English term for autumn

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