Cold Feet Revisited

Here’s a song by Tracy Chapman using last week’s Idiom of the Week. Listen to the song, fill in the blanks with the words you here, then click on “Continue reading” to check your answers.

Cold Feet

by Tracy Chapman

There was a little boy once upon a time
Who in spite of his young age and small size knew his mind
For every copper penny and clover he would find
Make a ____1_____ for better days, the end of hard times
For no more cold feet
Cold cold cold cold feet

His clothes were always _____2_____ His face was always scrubbed
There was food on the table enough to fill him up
His house was full of life, his house was full of love
But when _____3_____ days arrived
There was never money enough to shod his cold feet
Cold cold cold cold feet

He grew up to be a worker determined to succeed
He made a life for himself, free from worldly wants or needs
But nobody to share the life he’d made
Nobody to keep him _____4_____ at night
When he’d go to sleep he’d sleep alone with his cold feet
Cold cold cold cold feet

One night he walked the streets looking to the heavens above
Searching for a shooting star, a benevolent God
When a woman passing by brushed his arm
He turned and found love
He then wished for the courage to ask this ____5_____
Who she was to not have cold feet
Cold cold cold cold feet

One year later he stood beside her
He vowed, “I’ll give you everything you want”
Said, “I’ll take some _____6_____ from my heart to keep your body warm
You won’t have cold feet
Cold cold cold cold feet”

He thought she’d like the party life and want the finer things
So he promised more than he could buy
He promised her the sun and _____7_____ to not have cold feet
Cold cold cold cold feet

He worked day and night his fingers to the bone
His worried mind, guilty conscience drive him on
He can’t give her what she needs
Wants to give her what he thinks she wants
Her sad face, his empty _____8_____ drive him on and his cold feet
Cold cold cold cold feet

He’d struggled all his life to be an honest man
Proud that the dirt on his palms was the soil of the land
Some guys he knew from high school days
Said they had a plan to get _____9_____ real quick
And they could count him in if he don’t have cold feet
Cold cold cold cold feet

He thought about their offer accepted it without qualms
Dreamt about the life he’d buy
The comfort that would come without cold feet
Cold cold cold cold feet

He decided to drive the car, he decided to carry the gun
To take the biggest risk of all to prove his loyalty to his friends
He decided to tell his _____10_____ things would soon turn around
He said the little boy is dead
A man stands with you now without cold feet
Cold cold cold cold feet
Without cold feet
Cold cold cold cold feet

He thought he’d set his clock right, he thought he’d read his watch
He left in such a hurry he didn’t think to wish for luck
Makes no difference if you’re early, no difference if you’re late
When you’re out of _____11_____, the flowers have been laid
You’re six feet underground
With cold feet
Cold cold cold cold feet

1.  wish

2.  clean

3.  winter

4.  warm

5.  stranger

6.  love

7.  moon

8.   pockets

9.  rich

10.  wife

11.  time

 

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