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Where is the love
by
Black Eyed Peas

What's wrong with the world, mama
People livin' like they ain't got no mamas
I think the whole world addicted to the drama
Only attracted to things that'll bring you trauma
Overseas, yeah, we try to stop terrorism
But we still got terrorists here livin'
In the USA, the big CIA
The Bloods and The Crips and the KKK
But if you only have love for your own race
Then you only leave space to discriminate
And to discriminate only generates hate
And when you hate then you're bound to get irate, yeah
Badness is what you demonstrate
And that's exactly how anger works and operates
Nigga, you gotta have love just to set it straight
Take control of your mind and meditate
Let your soul gravitate to the love, y'all, y'all

People killin', people dyin'
Children hurt and you hear them cryin'
Can you practice what you preach
And would you turn the other cheek

Father, Father, Father help us
Send us some guidance from above
'Cause people got me, got me questionin'

Where is the love (Love)
Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love
The love, the love

It just ain't the same, always unchanged
New days are strange, is the world insane
If love and peace is so strong
Why are there pieces of love that don't belong
Nations droppin' bombs
Chemical gasses fillin' lungs of little ones
With the ongoin' sufferin' as the youth die young
So ask yourself is the lovin' really gone
So I could ask myself really what is goin' wrong
In this world that we livin' in people keep on givin'
in
Makin' wrong decisions, only visions of them dividends
Not respectin' each other, deny thy brother
A war is goin' on but the reason's undercover
The truth is kept secret, it's swept under the rug
If you never know truth then you never know love
Where's the love, y'all, come on (I don't know)
Where's the truth, y'all, come on (I don't know)
Where's the love, y'all

People killin', people dyin'
Children hurt and you hear them cryin'
Can you practice what you preach
And would you turn the other cheek

Father, Father, Father help us
Send us some guidance from above
'Cause people got me, got me questionin'
Where is the love (Love)

Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love
The love, the love

I feel the weight of the world on my shoulder
As I'm gettin' older, y'all, people gets colder
Most of us only care about money makin'
Selfishness got us followin' in the wrong direction
Wrong information always shown by the media
Negative images is the main criteria
Infecting the young minds faster than bacteria
Kids act like what they see in the cinema
Yo', whatever happened to the values of humanity
Whatever happened to the fairness in equality
Instead in spreading love we spreading animosity
Lack of understanding, leading lives away from unity
That's the reason why sometimes I'm feelin' under
That's the reason why sometimes I'm feelin' down
There's no wonder why sometimes I'm feelin' under
Gotta keep my faith alive till love is found

People killin', people dyin'
Children hurt and you hear them cryin'
Can you practice what you preach
And would you turn the other cheek

Father, Father, Father help us
Send us some guidance from above
'Cause people got me, got me questionin'
Where is the love (Love)

Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love (The love)

 

Exercises

Exercises: some of the exercises below can be done printed and interactively by clicking on the links. Also, I have selected a few links where you can read about some of the groups mentioned in the song and complete this Treasure Hunt:

The Bloods, The Crips, about The CIA, a different perspective of the CIA, The KKK, Nigga

See questions about those links. You can also do those and the following exercises on a word processor. Click here to get the document.

1. Listen to the first part of the song and fill the blanks with the words in the box.
Click here to do this exercise interactively.

KKK, mama, discriminate, trauma, terrorism, mamas. race, drama, livin', CIA, hate

What's wrong with the world,__________(1)

People livin' like they ain't got no __________(2)

I think the whole world addicted to the __________(3)

Only attracted to things that'll bring you __________(4)

Overseas, yeah, we try to stop __________(5)

But we still got terrorists here __________(6)

In the USA, the big __________(7)

The Bloods and The Crips and the _________(8)

But if you only have love for your own _________(9)

Then you only leave space to _________(10)

And to discriminate only generates _________(11)

And when you hate then you're bound to get irate, yeah
Badness is what you demonstrate
And that's exactly how anger works and operates
Nigga, you gotta have love just to set it straight
Take control of your mind and meditate
Let your soul gravitate to the love, y'all, y'all

2. Match the following words from the song to their opposites.
To do it online click here

Wrong Love
OverseasRight
Hate Be repellent to
Addicted to ...Domestic
Attracted toInaccurate
StraightFree of ...

 

3. Now translate the sentences that you have completed in exercise 1

 

4. Listen to the chorus of the song. Some words have been misplaced. Find them and write the lines correctly again.

People dyin' , people cryin'
Children hurt and you hear them killin'
Can you practice what you cheek
And would you turn the other preach
Father, Father, Father got us
Send us some guidance from above
'Cause people help me, got me questionin'
Where is the love (Love)

People .........
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

5. Now translate the Chorus.

6. Listen and read the second part of the song. Then match some of the lines with the concepts and expressions on the right as in the example (there can be more than one line associated with each concept)

 

  
1. It just ain't the same, always unchanged
2. New days are strange, is the world insane
3. If love and peace is so strong
4. Why are there pieces of love that don't belong
5. Nations droppin' bombs
6. Chemical gasses fillin' lungs of little ones
7. With the ongoin' sufferin' as the youth die young
8. So ask yourself is the lovin' really gone
9. So I could ask myself really what is goin' wrong
10. In this world that we livin' in people keep on givin' in
11. Makin' wrong decisions, only visions of them dividends
12. Not respectin' each other, deny thy brother
13. A war is goin' on but the reason's undercover
14. The truth is kept secret, it's swept under the rug
15. If you never know truth then you never know love
16. Where's the love, y'all, come on (I don't know)
17. Where's the truth, y'all, come on (I don't know)
18. Where's the love, y'all

The world is crazy: 2

Someone is telling lies:

War:

Act of betrayal:

Lack of respect:

 

 

 

 

7. Listen to Part 3 of the song and complete the blanks with a preposition.
Click here to do it intertactively

On, of; from, of; as, by; to; till, away; about, down; under; in

 

I feel the weight ______ the world ______ my shoulder
______ I'm gettin' older, y'all, people gets colder
Most ______ us only care ______ money makin'
Selfishness got us followin' ______ the wrong direction
Wrong information always shown ______ the media
Negative images is the main criteria
Infecting the young minds faster than bacteria
Kids act like what they see ______ the cinema
Yo', whatever happened ______ the values ______ humanity
Whatever happened ______ the fairness ______ equality
Instead ______ spreading love we spreading animosity
Lack ______ understanding, leading lives away ______ unity
That's the reason why sometimes I'm feelin' ______
That's the reason why sometimes I'm feelin' ______
There's no wonder why sometimes I'm feelin' ______
Gotta keep my faith alive ______ love is found

8. Look up the following words in the dictionary and translate the sentences where they are.

Word
Meaning
Sentence Translation
weight, shoulder   
selfishness  
the media  
criteria   
minds  
kids  
fairness  
animosity  
lack, leading  

 

9. Complete the table with the words in the box according to the final vowel sound:

preach, turn, wrong, gone, young, us, belong, world, love, cheek, hurt, see, rug

 

    

10. Find in the text the abstract nouns that correspond to the following adjectives:

AdjectiveAbstract NounMeaning of the adjective and noun
fair  
bad  
selfish  
united  
guided  
terrorist  
human  
true  
equal  

 

 

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