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David Bowie – The Man Who Sold the World

Here’s a song written by David Bowie back in the 70s that became very famous again when Nirvana performed their fantastic cover. It wasn’t an easy task for me to decide which version to use; because I love both of them, but since very few people know that Bowie wrote it, I eventually decided to use this one. The aim of this activity is to become familiar with the relative pronoun ‘who’ and to practise simple past verbs. There are two versions, one with the verbs in brackets and the second one without the verbs.

6 thoughts on “David Bowie – The Man Who Sold the World

  1. Thank you, Serena, for your congratulations and for the news. I really didn’t know it! 🙂 Just now I’ve seen it: my micro-story got an ‘accèssit’. Happy Sant Jordi. No more days without books! 🙂

  2. Hi, Serena. I’m glad that you are reading my humble book. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did when I wrote it.
    I have received a news: something has happened. I wish that you get well soon. A big hug

  3. So glad you enjoyed the activity. When I find some time, I’ll create some more listening activities for the blog and my classroom. Using songs is not only great fun, it’s also a way to pay tribute to great musicians.
    Many thanks for the contribution, Oscar

    PS. Really touched by your book. I’ve only just got round to reading the first two pages because right now I’m practically bogged down in exams and corrections, but I really look forward to curling up on my sofa to enjoy a good read.

    Thank you again,
    Keep safe,

  4. Thanks a lot, again, Serena! It’s a good song. I knew it in 1995, because it was among the other songs of the “MTV Unplugged in New York” by Nirvana. So, I knew a cover. It’s interesting: I know some of the songs by David Bowie due to the covers recorded by several bands, like “Bauhaus” (the song “Ziggy Stardust), “TahĂşres Zurdos” (the song “Five Years”), “Parálisis Permanente” (the song “HĂ©oes”)…
    So, now, thanks to you I read the lyrics of it for my first time. I just knew the melody, little sad and strange. Bowie was good poet!

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