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Learn English with music: Bob Seger, The Ring


Level: Elementary - American English


This is a song about a woman who got married too young and was not able to realise her dreams. Life becomes monotonous and her wedding ring is a reminder of where it all went wrong.

In this exercise there are some useful common nouns.

Fill in all the gaps with a noun, then press "Check" to check your answers. Use the "Hint" button to get a free letter if you don't know the word.

By the light of the
To a 50's
He pledged his love to her
A girl so rare
A girl so fair
The girl for him for sure
He could see himself getting up every
For the rest of his
Just to look in those eyes so blue
It was all he ever wanted to do
She was all he'd ever need to see him through

They were still in their teens
When he gave her the ring
They were married late one May
And they moved into a little
On the far end of
Out by the big highway
All through the days
And all through the nights
The and the trucks rolled on by
And he slept through it all just fine
Every night he slept just fine

Sometimes she'd stare at the out the window
Sometimes she'd walk `neath the moon
Sometimes she'd sit there just watching him sleeping
Hoping the dawn would come soon

She'd done well in
She'd followed the
She'd always stood out from the rest
She'd go off to
And work her way through
Then move to some city out west
She had it all planned
She'd have her career
She'd have all of the things that she'd always lacked
She'd wake up one morning all packed
And leave here and never look back

Most of their thought it soon would be over
Not many thought it would last
Most seemed to think they were all wrong for each other
Soon it would pass : soon it would pass

Now twenty years have gone
And her have moved on
And she's still on the far end of town
Her youngest : she's living somewhere in L.A.
And her oldest : he works on a nearby
Her comes home
And they talk over supper
He's usually the first to turn in
Another day comes to an end
Another day just ends

And sometimes in the wee hours when the traffic dies down
She'll hear the sound of some bird on the wing
She'll look out the window and she'll look at his
But not at the ring : not at the ring
She never looks at the ring

Never looks at the ring

Never looks at the ring

Not at the ring




"see him through" : get him to where he wants to be

in their teens" : to be aged thirTEEN, fourTEEN, fifTEEN, sixTEEN, sevenTEEN, eighTEEN or nineTEEN

"moved into" : went to live in a new house

"rolled on by" : passed

"slept through it" : slept while something else happened


"'neath" : beneath (under)

"stood out" : was different than the others

"go off" : leave town

"work her way through" : to pay for college by working

all packed" : bags packed and ready to go

"look back" : think about the past

"moved on" : don't live there anymore

"turn in" : go to bed

come to an end" : finish

"in the wee hours" : very early in the morning

"die down" : gradually stop

"bird on the wing" : a flying bird

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