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Simple Past - Viva la vida song by Coldplay

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Viva la vida!!!
1.  Listen and write the missing words. The images are there to help you. (Use "Tab" to go to the next gap)
 
I used to rule the  
Seas would rise when I gave the word
Now in the   I sweep alone
Sweep the streets I used to own

I used to roll the dice  
Feel the fear in my enemy's 
  as the crowd would sing:
"Now the old king is dead! Long live the king!"

One minute I held the 
Next the walls were closed on me
And I discovered that my   -s stand
Upon pillars of sand, pillars of sand

I hear Jerusalem bells a ringing
Roman Cavalry choirs are  -ing
Be my mirror, my sword, and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
 
 
 
For some reason I can't explain
Once you go there was  [‡ always], never an honest word
That was when I ruled the  
 

It was the wicked and wild wind
Blew down the  -s to let me in.
Shattered   -s and the sound
 
of   -s
People couldn't believe what I'd become

Revolutionaries wait
For my   on a silver plate
Just a puppet on a lonely string
Oh, who would ever want to be  ?

I hear Jerusalem bells a   -ing
Roman Cavalry choirs are   -ing
Be my mirror, my sword, and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field

 
 
For some reason I can't explain
I know Saint Peter will call my
Never an honest word
But that was when I ruled the  
(Ohhhhh Ohhh Ohhh)

Oooooh Oooooh Oooooh
I hear Jerusalem bells a   -ing
Roman Cavalry choirs are   -ing
Be my mirror, my sword, and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
 
For some reason I can't explain
I know Saint Peter will call my
Never an honest word
But that was when I ruled the  
(Ohhhhh Ohhh Ohhh)

Oooooh Oooooh Oooooh

 
2.  Write what he used to do and what he does nowadays.
 
 He used to  be fat.  Now he is thin.
 
a)       
 
b)     
 
c)     
 
 
 
3.  Look at the lyrics of the song and find the Simple Past of the following verbs.
 
Present                         Past
give  
will
hold
be
discover
blow
shatter
can
rule
use
 
 
4.   Can you find fifteen irregular verbs?