Johnny Nash – I can see clearly now

This song comes with a worksheet to use in the classroomPractice vocabulary related to “the weather” with this classic song, I can see clearly now by Johnny Nash. There are 9 examples of weather-related words in this song, whose lyrics are appropriate for lower-level students: blue, bright, clouds, dark, day, rain, rainbow, skies, sunshiny.

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

I can see clearly now the rain has gone
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind

It’s gonna be a bright, sunshiny day
It’s gonna be a bright, sunshiny day

I think I can make it now the pain has gone
All of the bad feelings have disappeared
Here is that rainbow I’ve been praying for

It’s gonna be a bright, sunshiny day

Look all around, there’s nothing but blue skies
Look straight ahead, there’s nothing but blue skies

I can see clearly now the rain has gone
I can see all obstacles in my way
Here is that rainbow I’ve been praying for

It’s gonna be a bright, sunshiny day…

Suggested activity: fill the gaps

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Listen to the song and write the word that you hear from the list in the lyrics below: blue, bright, clouds, dark, day, rain, rainbow, skies, sunshiny

I can see clearly now the 1________________ has gone
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the 2_______________ that had me blind

It’s gonna be a 3_______________, 4_______________ 5_______________

I think I can make it now the pain has gone
All of the bad feelings have disappeared
Here is that 6_______________ I’ve been praying for

It’s gonna be a 7_______________, 8_______________ 9_______________

Look all around, there’s nothing but 10_______________
Look straight ahead, there’s nothing but 11_______________

I can see clearly now the 12_______________ has gone
I can see all obstacles in my way
Here is that 13_______________ I’ve been praying for

It’s gonna be a 14_______________, 15_______________ 16_______________

Johnny NashAmerican singer (1940–2020)

John Lester Nash Jr. was an American singer, best known in the United States for his 1972 hit “I Can See Clearly Now”. Primarily a reggae and pop singer, he was one of the first non-Jamaican artists to record reggae music in Kingston.