Classroom Handouts - U2 Lyrics Activity 1

U2 (Achtung Baby)

Part One - Vocabulary

With your group, write one sentence for each of the following words and idioms:

  1. blame (verb)
  2. crawl (verb)
  3. leper (noun)
  4. drag (verb)
  5. temple (noun)
  6. to leave a bad taste in one's mouth

Part Two - Discussion

Discuss these questions with your group:

  1. What do you know about U2? Where are they from? Are they popular in your country? What U2 songs do you know?
  2. What is the significance of the name U2?
  3. What are the most common feelings people have at the end of a relationship? What are some ways that people deal with these feelings?

Part Three - Listening

  1. Close your eyes and listen to the song without writing anything. As you listen, think about this question: Is this a love song? After you've listened, compare your answer to this question with your group.
  2. Now, listen again. This time fill in one word per space.


Compare your answers with your group. Ask your teacher to play the song again if you can't agree on certain lines.

Part Four - Discussion

With your group, discuss the following:

  1. What is this song about?
  2. Is this a love song? If you say yes, support your answer with specific lyrics from the song.
  3. What type of relationship have these two people had? Have they broken up yet?
  4. What do you think is going to happen to the two people in this song?
  5. Why is this song called One?

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