2. We have a favourite Christmas song at Englishin3d!
It’s called Driving Home for Christmas, by Chris Rea. Do you know it?
a. Listen to the song, then answer the questions:
- What do you think is the story of this song?
- How do you think the driver feels about driving home?
Have you ever travelled home just before a festival or holiday? How was your journey? How did you feel?
c. What do these lyrics mean?
- I sing this song to pass the time away.
- Top to toe in tailbacks, I got red lights all around.
- I take a look at the driver next to me. He’s just the same.
It’s one of my favs. Thank you for the idea.
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Mine too! Thank you for commenting, Gulmira.
Sorry for a dumb question:
What does “I take a look at the driver next to me. He’s just the same.” in your opinion?
That’s not dumb, it’s a really good question! I take it to mean “he’s just the same as me” – maybe also driving back to see family?
He says “he” but it was his wife who was driving as far as I could gather. But now it’s clear that he meant a person in another car on the same road.
I think so. The lyrics of the song seem to tell a different story from what actually happened that night in 1978. With some classes, it might be interesting to get learners comparing the story with the song lyrics to find the differences in detail.