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A song for a change!

1) Have you got any experience with these kinds

of friends?

Boy/ Girl friend True friend Close friend False

friend lifelong friend loyal friend intimate
friend pen friend - bosom friend fair-weather
friend great friend long-lasting friend school
friend faithful friend.

2) You are going to listen to a song which talks

about the relationship between two friends.
Choose the correct answer.

The spirit of the song is

b) mournful
d) enthusiastic
f) gloomy

3) Now listen to the song and fill in the blanks

with the verbs in the box in the correct verb
tense. You may have to use the same verb more
than once.



Don't Speak

(No Doubt)

You and me
We used to be together
Everyday together always

So please stop explaining

Don't tell me cause it
____________ (6)

I really ________ (1)

That I _________________
(2) my best friend
I can't believe
This could be the end
It _________ (3) as though
you're letting go
And if it's real
Well I don't __________ (4)
to know
Don't speak
I know just what you
_______________ (5)

Don't speak
I know what you
____________ (7)
I don't _________ (8) your
Don't tell me cause it
____________ (9)
Our memories
Well, they can be inviting
But some are altogether

Mighty frightening
As we die, both you and I
With my head in my
I sit and ________ (10)
It's all ___________ (11)
I gotta stop pretending
who we are...
You and me I can see us
___________ (12) ...are we?

I know what you're saying
So please stop explaining
Don't speak,
oh I know what you're
And I don't need your
I know you're good,
I know you're good,
I know you're real good.

4) Which image best represents the song? Why?


a) What has happened between the two friends in

the song? Justify your answers with quotations
from the song.
b) Read and check your guesses.
The song was co-written by Eric Stefani and Gwen Stefani and
co-produced by Matthew Wilder. The bittersweet ballad is based
on a true story on the turbulent relationship between Gwen Stefani
and bassist Tony Kanal. After being in a relationship for seven years,
Kanal informed Stefani that his feelings about her had changed and
that he did not want to be her boyfriend anymore. Not surprisingly,
Stefani stumbled into a severe depression. To help cope with her
emotional pain, she began to write music, and the final version of
"Don't Speak" was born. Although the song was originally a more
sugary love song, after the events as described above, the song was
changed with a darker tone.