Justin Timberlake – True Blood

This song comes with a worksheet to use in the classroomCelebrate Halloween in your ESL class with this great 2013 song, True Blood by Justin Timberlake.

These song lyrics include 17 examples of halloween-related vocabulary & expressions: expiration, night, feeding, body, demon, to raise hell, evil, devil in the flesh, spirit, come alive, true blood, screaming, coffin, thrill, fever, bones, bite.

Notice: This song lasts 9 minutes 32 seconds. I recommend using the first 3 minutes and 30 seconds of song only (the lyrics are just repeated from this moment on).

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

Red was the color of her eyes
And she put me in a meditation state
Her skin was white, so white
Looked like it had no expiration date
Black is the color of the night
And it’s time for feeding and her body waits
There’s just something ’bout the demon that she brings out of me
When we raise hell, I can’t stay away

Aw, give it to me now
So evil in your dress
It circulates you start to feel it
Devil in the flesh
Once you start to invoke her spirit
Got you on the floor
She comes alive when you’re appearing
Hungry for some more

I think she’s got that true blood
Every time you’re around I can smell it in you
She’s got that true blood
I come around and raise the hell out of you
It’s that demon, it’s so mean, that’s got me screaming
Make me wanna build a coffin for two
She’s got that true blood
But baby, I just do it for the thrill out of you
It makes me say

Now I feel my fever on the rise
In my bones and my body starts to quake
Straight up from my toes to my mind
She controls me but I don’t want to escape
All the other ones that have tried
Find out that they have made their final mistake
But when she got a bite of my type
She told me that she found her perfect blood mate

Aw, give it to me now
So evil in your dress
It circulates you start to feel it
Devil in the flesh
Once you start to invoke her spirit
Got you on the floor
She comes alive when your appearing
Hungry for some more

I think she’s got that true blood
Every time you’re ’round I can smell it in you
She’s got that true blood
I come around and raise the hell out of you
It’s that demon, it’s so mean, that’s got me screaming
Make me wanna build a coffin for two
She’s got that true blood
But baby, I just do it for the thrill out of you
It makes me say

fade out here (at 3:30)

Suggested activity: fill the gaps

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It’s Halloween!

Check that you know the meanings of the words in the list below, then listen to the song and fill the gaps: alive, bite, blood (x3), bones, coffin, demon (x2), devil, evil, expiration, flesh, hell (x2), night, screaming, spirit.

Verse 1
Red was the color of her eyes
And she put me in a meditation state
Her skin was white, so white
Looked like it had no 1_____________ date
Black is the color of the 2_____________
And it’s time for feeding and her body waits
There’s just something about the 3_____________ that she brings out of me
When we raise 4_____________, I can’t stay away

Chorus
Aw, give it to me now
So 5_____________ in your dress
It circulates you start to feel it
6_____________ in the flesh
Once you start to invoke her 7_____________
Got you on the floor
She comes 8_____________ when you’re appearing
Hungry for some more
I think she’s got that true 9_____________
Every time you’re around I can smell it in you
She’s got that true 10_____________
I come around and raise the 11_____________ out of you
It’s that 12_____________, it’s so mean, that’s got me 13_____________
Make me want to build a 14_____________ for two
She’s got that true 15_____________
But baby, I just do it for the thrill out of you
It makes me say

Verse 2
Now I feel my fever on the rise
In my 16_____________ and my body starts to quake
Straight up from my toes to my mind
She controls me but I don’t want to escape
All the other ones that have tried
Find out that they have made their final mistake
But when she got a 17_____________ of my type
She told me that she found her perfect blood mate

Chorus

Check your answers with a partner, and then listen again

Justin TimberlakeAmerican singer, songwriter, and actor (born 1981)

Justin Randall Timberlake is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor. Dubbed the “Prince of Pop”, he is regarded as one of the most influential entertainers of the 21st century. Timberlake is known for his diverse artistry in songwriting, showmanship, tenor vocal range, music production, and roles in films. He is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including ten Grammy Awards, four Primetime Emmy Awards, three Brit Awards, nine Billboard Music Awards, the Contemporary Icon Award by the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and MTV’s Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. According to Billboard, Timberlake is the best performing male solo artist in the history of the Mainstream Top 40.