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Learn English with music: Verbs of movement

Gram Parsons & Emmylou Harris - Return of the Grievous Angel

Level: Intermediate - American English

Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris sing about travelling around America on 20,000 roads all of which lead back home.
In this exercise there are some common, and some less well-known, verbs of movement.

Fill in all the gaps with a verb of movement, then press "Check" to check your answers. Use the "Hint" button to get a free letter if you don't know the word.
Won't you scratch my itch sweet Annie Rich
And welcome me back to town
out on your porch, into your parlor
And I'll tell you how it all down

Out with the truckers and the kickers and the cowboy angels
And a good saloon in every single town

Oh, and I remembered something you once told me
And I'll be damned if it did not come true
Twenty thousand roads I down, down, down
And they all me straight back home to you

'cause I west to grow up with the country
Across those prairies with those waves of grain
And I saw my devil,
And I saw my deep blue sea
And I thought about a calico bonnet from
Cheyenne to Tennessee

We straight across that river bridge,
Last night at half past two
The switchman waved his lantern goodbye and good day
As we went through
All the billboards and truckstops by the grievous angel
And now I think I know just what I have to do

And the man on the radio won't leave me alone
He wants to take my money for something
That I've never been shown

And I saw my devil,
And I saw my deep blue sea
And I thought about a calico bonnet from
Cheyenne to Tennessee

The news I could bring I met up with the king
On his head an amphetamine crown
He talked about unbuckling that old bible belt
And out for some desert town

Out with the truckers and the kickers and the cowboy angels
And a good saloon in every single town

Oh, but I remembered something you once told me
And I'll be damned if it did not come true
Twenty thousand roads I down, down, down
And they all me straight back home to you

 

Glossary (Look at this after you do the exercise!)

scratch my itch: satisfy my desire
went down: happened
truckers: someone who drives a truck
saloon: a bar generally found in the American Old West
come true: become reality
'cause: because
grow up: become an adult
I saw my devil and I saw my deep blue sea: I had two choices and neither one of them were good
calico bonnet: a hat used to protect from the sun, often used by cotton-pickers
billboards: large advertisements along the road
bible belt: the south and Midwest of the United States where Protestant fundamentalism is practised
I'll be damned: incredibly, it happened