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Hurricane (song)

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by Bob Dylan

Stanza 1: Number the lines in the correct order
 Here comes the story of the Hurricane
 Pistol shots ring out in the bar room night
 Put in a prison cell, but one time he coulda been
 Enter Patty Valentine from the upper-hall
 The champion of the world
 She sees the bartender in a pool of blood
 Cries out, "My God, they killed them all!"
 For somethin' that he never done
 The man the authorities came to blame
Stanza 2: Tick the correct answer
Three bodies lyin'layin'there does Patty see
And another man named Bello, movin' around suspiciouslymysteriously
"I didn't do it," he says, and he putsthrowsup his hands
"I was only droppin'robbin'the register, I hope you understand
I saw them leavingliving" he says, and he stops
"One of us had better call up the cupscops"
And so Patty calls the cops
And they arrive on the scenespotwith their red lights shinin'flashin'
In the hot New Jersey nightlight
Stanza 3: Unscramble the words
Meanwhile, far  (yawa) in another part of town
Rubin Carter and a  (puolec) of friends are drivin' around
Number one contender for the middleweight  (norcw)
Had no (aeid) what kinda shit was about to go down
When a cop pulled him over to the side of the (drao)
Just like the (meti) before and the time before that
In Paterson that's just the way (gihstn) go
If you're (kbacl) you might as well not show up on the street
'Less you wanta draw the heat
Stanza 4: Choose the correct answer
Alfred Bello had a  and he had a rap for the cops
Him and Arthur Dexter Bradley were just out  around
He said, "I saw two men  out, they looked like middleweights
They  into a white car with out-of-state plates"
And Miss Patty Valentine just  her head
Cop said, "Wait a minute boys, this one's not "
So they took him to the infirmary
And though this man could hardly
They told him that he could  the guilty men
Stanza 5: Match the two halves
Four in the mornin'                   a) of the Hurricane
Take him to the hospital                  b) came to blame   
The wounded man                c) and they haul Rubin in   
Says, "Wha'd you bring him in here for?         d) that he never done 
Yes, here's the story           e) and they bring him upstairs
The man the authorities          f) but one time he coulda been
For somethin'           g) looks up through his one dyin' eye
Put in a prison cell,          h) He ain't the guy!"
The champion of the world
Stanza 6: Fill in the missing letters or words
Four   later, the ghettoes are in ame
Rubin's in South America, fightin' for his ame
While Arthur Dexter Bradley's still in the robbery ame
And the cops are puttin' the screws to him, lookin' for somebody to ame
"Remember that   that happened in a bar?"
"Remember you said you saw the getaway ?"
"You think you'd like to play  with the law?"
"Think it mighta been that fighter that you saw runnin' that  ?
"Don't forget that you are "
Stanza 7: Tick the correct lines or write the extra word in the box in the wrong ones
Arhtur Dexter Bradley said, "I'm really not sure" 
Cops said, "A poor man like you could use a break 
We got you for the motel job and now we're talkin' to your friend Bello 
Now you don't wanta have to go back again to jail, be a nice fellow 
You'll be doin' society a great favor 
That sonofabitch is brave and gettin' much braver 
We want to put his ass in stir  
We want to pin up this triple murder on him  
He ain't no Gentleman brother Jim" 
Stanza 8: Fill in the following words for which synonyms are given
pay   paradise   punch    jail    mouse    trail    talk    streams
Rubin could take a man out with just one (fist)
But he never did like to (speak)  about it all that much
It's my work, he'd say, and I do it for (money)
And when it's over I'd just as soon go on my way
Up to some (heaven)
Where the trout (rivers)  flow and the air is nice
And ride a horse along a (path)
But then they took him to the (prison)  house
Where they try to turn a man into a (rodent)
Stanza 9: Tick the correct spelling
All of Rubin's cards were marked in advanseadvance
The trailtrial was a pig-circus, he never had a chance
The judge made Rubin's witnesses drunkardsdrankards from the slums
To the white folks who watched he was a revulotionaryrevolutionary bum
And to the black folks he was just a crazy niggerniger
No one doubteddouted that he pulled the trigger
And thaughthough they could not produce the gun
The D.A. said he was the one who deeddid the deeddid
And the all-white jury agreed
Stanza 10 : Choose True or False
Rubin Carter was falsely tried
The crime was murder "two", guess who testified?
Bello and Bradley and they both cowardly lied
And the magazines, they all went along for the ride
How can the life of such a man
Be in the fingers of some fool's hand?
To see him obviously betrayed
Couldn't help but make me feel proud to live in a land
Where justice is a game 
Stanza 11: Fill in the missing words with the help of the pictures
Now all the criminals in their    and their   
Are free to drink martinis and watch the   rise
While Rubin sits like Buddha in a ten-foot
An innocent man in a living  
That's the story of the Hurricane
But it won't be over till they clear his
And give him back the   he's done
Put in aprison cell, but one time he coulda been
The   of the world