Lekcja #19  I Just Called to Say I Love You – Stevie Wonder (1984)

Lekcja #19 I Just Called to Say I Love You – Stevie Wonder (1984)

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Zadanie 1. Wysłuchaj piosenki z youtube jednocześnie czytając tekst. O czym mówią słowa?

No New Year’s Day to ____________

No chocolate covered ___________  hearts to give away

No first of ______________

No song to sing

In fact here’s just another ___________  day

No ______________  rain

No flowers ____________

No wedding ____________  within the month of June

But what it is, is _____________true

Made up of these _______ words that I must say to you


CHORUS: I just called to say I __________ you

                I just called to say how much I __________

                I just called to say I love you

                And I mean it from the __________ of my heart


No summer’s high

No warm ____________

No harvest moon to light one tender __________ night

No autumn _______________

No _____________  leaves

Not even time for birds to fly to _____________  skies

No Libra sun

No _________________

No giving thanks to all the ___________ joy you bring

But what it is, though old so new

To fill your ________  like no three words could ever do

Zadanie 2. Uzupełnij luki w piosence słowami poniżej.

ordinary, bloom, three, care, love, bottom, July, southern, breeze, Christmas, heart, celebrate, candy, spring, April, August, Saturday, Halloween, something, falling

Zadanie 3. Uzupełnij definicje słowami, które są wyróżnione (na grubo). Słowa mogą być w tekście piosenki, lub w komentarzach.

  1. _____________ sweets; confectionery.
  2. ________________ the full moon that is seen nearest to the time of the autumn equinox.
  3. __________ the state or period of flowering.

 “the apple trees were in ___________________”

  1. ______________________ a gentle wind.
  2. ________________ average, not interesting or exceptional
  3. ____________/ðəʊ/ despite the fact that; although.
  4. ______________ the night of 31 October, the eve of All Saints’ Day, often celebrated by children dressing up in frightening masks and costumes. 

Zadanie 4. Przeczytaj komentarze. Czy zgadzasz się z nimi?

  • This song was written by Stevie to Nelson Mandela, who was imprisoned at the time (for around 30 years!) for his part in fighting against the apartheid system in place in South Africa. Apartheid was the legal racial segregation system in place since 1948. The song depicts what Mandela had missed out on each year, every year while he was in prison. While not in the song, it is worth it to mention that apartheid ended and Mandela was elected the President of South Africa in 1994 in the first democratic election of the country.
  • Stevie Wonder- An American singer, songwriter, musician and record producer. He was born six weeks premature[1] which, along with the oxygen-rich atmosphere in the hospital incubator, resulted in retinopathy of prematurity, a condition in which the growth of the eyes is aborted [2], so he became blind. “My mother always told me that I could do anything as long as I was careful,” Stevland once reflected about his childhood and inquisitive[3] He himself never considered his blindness to be a handicap[4]. He climbed trees and rode a bike. Perhaps more intensively than other children, he soaked up [5]music, spending hours listening to the radio, and later, glued to the loudspeakers of the television. He would bang on pots and pans, and taught himself every instrument he could get his hands on. At the age of nine, he could play bongo drums, harmonica, bass, and piano.
  • On the occasion of his 35th birthday, Stevie Wonder was honored by the United Nations Special Committee Against Apartheid for his stance against racism in South Africa that same year (1985).
  • South Africa bans “I Just Called to Say I Love You”

Stevie famously gave a shoutout[6] to Nelson Mandela (1918-2013), who was imprisoned at the time, when he accepted the Academy Award for this song. The negative affect of such was that it led to his music being banned in South Africa. But that incident is also recognized as an impetus [7]which led to other prominent musicians acting out against the apartheid regime.  For instance, Stevie performed this tune, to great applause, at the star-studded Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute in London in 1988.

  • Apartheid was a system of institutionalised[8] racial segregation that existed in Africa from 1948 until the early 1990s. Apartheid was characterised by an authoritarian political culture based on white supremacy[9], which ensured that South Africa was dominated politically, socially, and economically by the nation’s minority [10]white population. According to this system of social stratification[11], white citizens had the highest status, followed by Asians and Coloureds, then black Africans. The economic legacy and social effects of apartheid continue to the present day.

[1] occurring or done before the usual or proper time; too early.

[2] bring to a premature end because of a problem or fault.

[3] having or showing an interest in learning things; curious.

[4] a circumstance that makes progress or success difficult.

[5] to absorb or enjoy something that exists around you

[6] (especially in hip-hop or dance music) a mention, credit, or greeting, typically one made over the radio or during a live performance.

[7] something that makes a process or activity happen or happen more quickly.

[8] establish (something, typically a practice or activity) as a convention or norm in an organization or culture.

[9] the state or condition of being superior to all others in authority, power, or status.

[10] a small group of people within a community or country, differing from the main population in race, religion, language, or political persuasion.

[11] the arrangement or classification of something into different groups.

Zadanie 5. Posłuchaj piosenki jeszcze raz zastanawiając się: o czym ona jest? Możesz teraz zauważyć, na ile twoje pierwsze wrażenie po odsłuchaniu piosenki były słuszne.