Frank Sinatra – If you go away

This song comes with a worksheet to use in the classroomPractice the first conditional in your ESL class with this song, If You Go Away by Frank Sinatra.

There is a suggestion on how to use this song in your ESL classes below, but for more ideas, click here.

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Lyrics

If you go away
On this summer day
Then you might as well
Take the sun away

All the birds that flew
In the summer sky
When our love was new

And our hearts were high
And the day was young
And the night was long
And the moon stood still
For the night bird’s song

If you go away
If you go away
If you go away
If you go away

But if you stay
I’ll make you a day
Like no day has been
Or will be again

We’ll sail the sun
We’ll ride on the rain
We’ll talk to the trees
And worship the wind

Then if you go
I’ll understand
Leave me just enough love
To fill up my hand

If you go away
If you go away
If you go away
If you go away

If you go away

As I know you must
There’ll be nothing left
In the world to trust
Just an empty room

Full of empty space
Like the empty look
I see on your face
And I’d have been the shadow of your dawn

If I thought it might have kept me by your side
If you go away
If you go away
If you go away
Please don’t go, away

Suggested activity: match the sentence halves

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Match the first half of each line with the second half

First halves…
1 If you go away on this summer day,
2 All the birds that flew in the summer sky,
3 When the day was young and the night was long,
If you go away, if you go away, if you go away.
4 But if you stay,
5 We’ll sail the sun, we’ll ride on the rain,
6 Then if you go,
7 Leave me just enough love
If you go away, if you go away, if you go away.
8 If you go away, as I know you must,
9 Just an empty room, full of empty space,
10 I’d have been the shadow of your dawn
11 If you go away, if you go away, if you go away,

Second halves…
…when our love was new and our hearts were high.
…then you might as well take the sun away.
…and the moon stood still for the night bird’s song.
…I’ll understand,
…we’ll talk to the trees and worship the wind.
…to fill up my hand,
…I’ll make you a day like no day has been, or will be again;
…if I thought it might have kept me by your side.
…like the empty look I see on your face.
…please don’t go away
…there’ll be nothing left in the world to trust,

Frank SinatraAmerican singer and actor (1915–1998)

Francis Albert Sinatra was an American singer and actor. Nicknamed the “Chairman of the Board” and later called “Ol’ Blue Eyes”, he is regarded as one of the most popular entertainers of the mid-20th century. Sinatra is among the world’s best-selling music artists, with an estimated 150 million record sales globally.