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Matty Groves

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  .
Lord 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 Groves, come   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   I can tell you are Lord Darnell's wife."

"What if I am Lord Darnell's wife? Lord Darnell's   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   would set.

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   asleep?"

"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   man."

"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.
But you 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 I'll   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   the wall.

"A grave, a grave!'' Lord Darnell cried, "to put these   in.
But bury my lady at the   for she was of noble kin." 

 

 

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