listening skills ESL

Gap Song: Baby Mine from the Movie “Dumbo”

There are times in the year when I feel more like singing than at other times. No, I’m not in love. Just happen to be in the mood for singing. So my students have been singing a lot with me.

Hope you like these songs too.

(You probably will, as they’re all of them very popular songs.)

First a lullaby: Baby Mine. Dumbo

A lullaby [pronounce lullabai] is a song that puts children to sleep (hopefully). Works on adults too!

This sweet song is from the Disney movie Dumbo (1941), about a little elephant. Very old movie, I know, but still lots of fun and the song is a classic.

I like the version best that is sung by Bette Midler. I’ve asked lots of people whether they know her, and I’m always surprised that they don’t! She is such a great singer (and actor too). Bette+Midler

Just a little note, when I wanted to play the song for a student on my mobile device, it wasn’t available. So you might want to use a pc or laptop to play this song:

Aaaah. Isn’t the animation lovely too?

Gaps

Okay, don’t fall asleep yet, because now you’ll listen again and fill in the gaps in the song:

Baby Mine

Bette Midler

Baby mine, don’t you ____________.
Baby mine, dry your ____________.
Rest your head close to my heart,
Never to part, baby of mine.

Little one, when you ___________,
Pay no heed what they ____________.
Let your eyes sparkle and _______________,
Never a tear, baby of mine.

If they knew all about you,
They’d end up loving you _______________.
All those same people who scold you,
What they’d give just for the right to hold you.

From your head down to your _______________,
You’re not much, goodness knows.
But, you’re so precious to ______________,
Sweet as can ______________, baby of mine.

Solution underneath (scroll down).

In case you’re interested in watching the full movie, here is the link.

Solution:

Baby Mine

Bette Midler

Baby mine, don’t you ___cry_________.
Baby mine, dry your ___eyes_________.
Rest your head close to my heart,
Never to part, baby of mine.

Little one, when you __play_________,
Pay no heed what they ___say_________.
Let your eyes sparkle and ____shine___________,
Never a tear, baby of mine.

If they knew all about you,
They’d end up loving you ___too____________.
All those same people who scold you,
What they’d give just for the right to hold you.

From your head down to your ___toes____________,
You’re not much, goodness knows.
But, you’re so precious to ____me__________,
Sweet as can __________be____, baby of mine.

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