Listen to the traditional song 'Matty Groves'
performed by the English folk
rock group Fairport Convention and complete the gaps missing in the lyrics
below while listening. It really is quite amazing how something as
everyday as listening to song lyrics can improve overall listening
comprehension skills. If you're feeling particularly clever you could try
and guess the missing words from their context before you listen!
A holiday, a holiday, and the first
one of the
Darnell's wife came into the
, the gospel for to hear.
And when the
meeting it was done, she cast her
about, And there she saw
little Matty Groves, walking in the
"Come home with me, little Matty
with me tonight. Come home with me,
little Matty Groves, and sleep with me till
"Oh, I can't come home, I won't come
home and sleep with you
, By the rings on your
tell you are Lord Darnell's wife."
"What if I am Lord Darnell's wife?
at home. For he is out in the far cornfields,
the yearlings home."
And a servant who
was standing by and hearing what was
, He swore Lord
Darnell he would know before the
And in his hurry to carry the news, he
bent his breast and
, And when he came to the broad mill
stream, he took off his shoes and
Little Matty Groves, he lay down and
took a little
. When he awoke, Lord Darnell he was
at his feet.
Saying "How do you
like my feather
? And how do you like my sheets? How do you like my
lady who lies in your
"Oh, well I like your feather bed, and
well I like your
. But better I like your lady gay who
in my arms asleep."
"Well, get up, get
up," Lord Darnell cried, "get up as
as you can! It'll never be
said in fair England that I slew a
"Oh, I can't get up, I won't get up, I
can't get up for my
. For you have two long beaten
and I not a pocket-knife."
"Well it's true I
have two beaten swords, and they cost me
in the purse.
will have the better of them and I will have the
"And you will strike the very first
blow, and strike it like a
. I will strike the very next blow, and
you if I can."
So Matty struck
the very first blow, and he
Lord Darnell sore. Lord Darnell
struck the very next blow, and Matty struck no
And then Lord Darnell he took his wife
and he sat her on his
, Saying, "Who do you like the best of
, Matty Groves or me?"
And then up spoke
his own dear wife, never heard to speak so
. "I'd rather a kiss
from dead Matty's
than you and your finery."
Lord Darnell he
up and loudly
he did bawl, He struck his wife right through the
heart and pinned her
"A grave, a grave!'' Lord Darnell
cried, "to put these
in. But bury my lady at the
was of noble kin."