California Dreaming Worksheet & Lyrics (ESL/EFL)

“California Dreaming” (by The Mamas & The Papas) Song Worksheet & Lyrics

ESL Level: Intermediate (good for junior high or high school groups)

Worksheet Focus: Listening

Worksheet Description: This is a simple fill-in-the-blanks worksheet for California Dreaming, a beautiful song by The Mamas and the Papas from 1965. Generally, the blanks replace simple words such as “brown”, “warm”, etc. I have used this worksheet with my advanced group of Japanese Jr. High ESL students. Note that because each line of the song echoes, it can be a bit hard for students to hear each word clearly. With that said, my students enjoy the song and this fill-in-the-blanks worksheet was a good way to introduce it (since they had to listen to the song a few times to get the right lyrics).

Worksheet Download: California Dreaming-Mamas-Papas-Worksheet.doc

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California Dreamin' worksheet for ESL/EFL

California Dreamin’ Lyrics

Here are the lyrics, in case you can’t identify them from the song.

California Dreamin’

All the leaves are brown
(All the leaves are brown)
And the sky is grey.
(And the sky is grey).
I’ve been for a walk
(I’ve been for a walk)
On a winter’s day.
(On a winter’s day).

I’d be safe and warm
(I’d be safe and warm)
if I was in L.A.
(If I was in L.A.)
California dreamin’
(California dreamin’) on such a winter’s day.

Stopped in to a church I passed along the way.
Well I got down on my knees
(got down on my knees)
And I pretend to pray.
(I pretend to pray).
You know the preacher likes the cold.
(preacher likes the cold).
He knows I’m gonna stay.
(knows I’m gonna stay).
California dreamin’
(California dreamin’) on such a winter’s day.

(Instrumental)

All the leaves are brown
(All the leaves are brown)
And the sky is grey.
(And the sky is grey).
I’ve been for a walk
(I’ve been for a walk)
On a winter’s day.
(On a winter’s day).

If I didn’t tell her
(If I didn’t tell her)
I could leave today.
(I could leave today).
California dreamin’ (California dreamin’) on such a winter’s day,
California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day,
California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day.

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Enjoy the worksheet and the song!

– Matthew Barton / Englishcurrent.com

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