The Bee Gees – How can you mend a broken heart?

Practice questions and the modal verbs can & could in your ESL class with this song, How Can you Mend a Broken Heart? by the Bee Gees.

The questions, repeated several times, in these lyrics are: how can you mend, how can you stop, how can a loser ever win, what makes the world go round and there are also 7 examples of the modal verb “can” and 2 of the modal verb “could” to express ability.

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Lyrics

I can think of younger days
When living for my life
Was everything a man could want to do
I could never see tomorrow
But I was never told about the sorrow
And how can you mend a broken heart?
How can you stop the rain from falling down?
How can you stop the sun from shining?
What makes the world go round?

How can you mend a this broken man?
How can a loser ever win?
Please help me mend my broken heart
And let me live again

I can still feel the breeze
That rustles through the trees
And misty memories of days gone by
We could never see tomorrow

No one said a word about the sorrow
And how can you mend a broken heart?
How can you stop the rain from falling down?
How can you stop the sun from shining?

What makes the world go round?
How can you mend this broken man?
How can a loser ever win?
Please help me mend my broken heart

And let me live again

Bee GeesMusic group (1958–2012)

The Bee Gees were a musical group formed in Australia in 1958 by British brothers Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb. The trio were especially successful in popular music in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and later as prominent performers in the disco music era in the mid-to-late 1970s.