Elvis Presley – Are you lonesome tonight?

This song comes with a worksheet to use in the classroomPractice questions in your ESL class with this song, Are you lonesome tonight? by Elvis Presley. The interrogatives which appear in these song lyrics are: “are you…”, “do you…”, “does [it]…”, “do [they]…”, “is [it]…”, & “shall I…”.

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Lyrics

Are you lonesome tonight?
Do you miss me tonight?
Are you sorry we drifted apart?
Does your memory stray to a brighter sunny day
when I kissed you and called you sweetheart?
Do the chairs in your parlor seem empty and bare?
Do you gaze at your doorstep and picture me there?
Is your heart filled with pain?

Shall I come back again?
Tell me dear, are you lonesome tonight?

I wonder if you’re lonesome tonight
You know someone said that the world’s a stage
And each must play a part.
Fate had me playing in love with you as my sweet heart.
Act one was when we met, I loved you at first glance
You read your line so cleverly and never missed a cue
Then came act two, you seemed to change and you acted strange
And why I’ll never know.

Honey, you lied when you said you loved me
And I had no cause to doubt you.
But I’d rather go on hearing your lies
Than go on living without you.
Now the stage is bare and I’m standing there
with emptiness all around
And if you won’t come back to me
Then make them bring the curtain down.

Is your heart filled with pain, shall I come back again?
Tell me dear, are you lonesome tonight?

Suggested activity: fill the gaps

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In the first verse and at the end, fill the gaps in the song with an appropriate auxiliary verb: are, do, does, is or shall. Then listen to the song to check your answers. While you listen to the song, in the second verse choose the word that you hear.

1__________ you lonesome tonight?
2__________ you miss me tonight?
3__________ you sorry we drifted apart?
4__________ your memory stray to a brighter sunny day
when I kissed you and called you sweetheart?
5__________ the chairs in your parlor seem empty and bare?
6__________ you gaze at your doorstep and picture me there?
7__________ your heart filled with pain?
8__________ I come back again?
Tell me dear, 9__________ you lonesome tonight?

I wonder if you’re lonesome tonight
You 10believe/know someone said that the world’s a stage
And each must play a part.
Fate had me playing in 11desire/love with you as my sweet heart.
Act one was when we met, I loved you at first glance
You read your line so 12cleverly/clearly and never missed a cue
Then came act two, you seemed to change and you acted strange
And why I’ll never 13ask/know.
Honey, you lied when you said you 14hated/loved me
And I had no cause to doubt you.
But I’d rather go on hearing your lies than go on living 15without/with you.
Now the stage is bare and I’m standing there with 16emptiness/spectators all around
And if you won’t come back to me then make them bring the curtain down.

17__________ your heart filled with pain, 18__________ I come back again?
Tell me dear, 19__________ you lonesome tonight?

Elvis PresleyAmerican singer and actor (1935–1977)

Elvis Aaron Presley, also known mononymously as Elvis, was an American singer and actor. Known as the “King of Rock and Roll”, he is regarded as one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century. Presley’s energized interpretations of songs and sexually provocative performance style, combined with a singularly potent mix of influences across color lines during a transformative era in race relations, brought both great success and initial controversy.