Beyoncé – If I were a boy

This song comes with a worksheet to use in the classroomPractice the second conditional in your ESL class with this song, If I Were a Boy by Beyoncé, a song about gender equality. The lyrics of this song contain multiple 2nd conditional phrases describing the many ways Beyonce’s life would be different if she were a boy.

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 I were a boy
Even just for a day
I’d roll out of bed in the morning
And throw on what I wanted and go
Drink beer with the guys
And chase after girls
I’d kick it with who I wanted
And I’d never get confronted for it.
‘Cause they’d stick up for me.

[Chorus 1]
If I were a boy
I think I could understand
How it feels to love a girl
I swear I’d be a better man.
I’d listen to her
‘Cause I know how it hurts
When you lose the one you wanted
‘Cause he’s taken you for granted
And everything you had got destroyed

If I were a boy
I would turn off my phone
Tell everyone it’s broken
So they’d think that I was sleeping alone
I’d put myself first
And make the rules as I go
‘Cause I know that she’d be faithful
Waiting for me to come home

[Chorus 1]
If I were a boy
I think I could understand
How it feels to love a girl
I swear I’d be a better man.
I’d listen to her
‘Cause I know how it hurts
When you lose the one you wanted
‘Cause he’s taken you for granted
And everything you had got destroyed

It’s a little too late for you to come back
Say it’s just a mistake
Think I’d forgive you like that
If you thought I would wait for you
You thought wrong

[Chorus 2]
But you’re just a boy
You don’t understand
Yeah, you don’t understand, oh
How it feels to love a girl someday
You wish you were a better man
You don’t listen to her
You don’t care how it hurts
Until you lose the one you wanted
‘Cause you’ve taken her for granted
And everything you had got destroyed

But you’re just a boy

Suggested activity: fill the gaps/choose the correct option

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If I were a boy even just for a day
I’d 1__________ in the morning
And throw on what I wanted and go
Drink beer with the guys
And chase after girls
I’d 2__________ with who I wanted
And I’d 3__________ for it.
‘Cause they’d stick up for me.

Chorus
If I were a boy
I think I 4__________ how it feels to love a girl
I swear I’d be a better man.
I’d __________ to her
‘Cause I know how it hurts
When you lose the one you wanted
‘Cause he’s taken you for granted
And everything you had got destroyed

If I were a boy
I would 5__________ my phone
Tell everyone it’s broken
So they’d think that I was sleeping alone
I’d 6__________
And make the rules as I go
‘Cause I know that she’d be faithful
Waiting for me to come home

Repeat chorus
It’s a 7little/bit too late for you to come back
Say it’s just 8a mistake/an error
Think I’d forgive you like that
If you 9knew/thought I would wait for you
You thought wrong

But you’re just a 10toy/boy, you don’t understand
Yeah, you don’t understand, oh
How it feels to 11love/have a girl someday
You wish you were a better man
You don’t 12imprison/listen to her
You don’t care how it hurts
Until you 13lose/choose the one you wanted
‘Cause you’ve taken her for granted
And everything you had got destroyed

BeyoncéAmerican singer and songwriter (born 1981)

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter is an American singer, songwriter and businesswoman. Dubbed “Queen Bey”, she is regarded as a prominent cultural figure of the 21st century and has been recognized for her artistry and performances, with Rolling Stone naming her one of the greatest vocalists of all time.