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True Stories Behind the Songs / Edition 1

True Stories Behind the Songs / Edition 1

by Sandra Heyer
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Did you know that…

  • George Harrison wrote “Here Comes the Sun” on a cloudy, rainy day?

  • Johnny Cash’s hit song “Ring of Fire” wasn’t by him—it was about him?

  • the most popular song during the Great Depression was, paradoxically, “Happy Days Are Here Again”?

True Stories Behind the Songs, by Sandra Heyer, continues the True Stories tradition — with a twist. The text features lyrics for eight popular songs along with real, believe-it-or-not stories about the songs and their songwriters. Companion stories related to the topic of the song round out the units. To see a sample unit, please go to

Teachers are encouraged to download the songs from their favorite website or to use a version they already own. Or you can purchase recommended recordings on iTunes. A link on the True Stories website ( will take you directly to the playlist. For a limited time, your Pearson representative will provide a free, legally copied CD of all the songs with a minimum order of 20 copies of True Stories Behind the Songs. Please go to to find your nearest representative.


  • Exercises for vocabulary development, reading comprehension, and writing and speaking practice help students develop language proficiency.
  • A comprehensive To the Teacher section gives background information about the songs and stories as well as teaching tips.

An access code at the front of the book enables teachers and students to download recordings of the stories free of charge at

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780132468046
Publisher: Pearson Education ESL
Publication date: 08/23/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 1,195,628
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

Table of Contents

Unit 1 The Power of the Sun

Song: “Here Comes the Sun”

Story 1: The Day Off

Story 2: Victor’s Private Guatemala

Unit 2 Love Conquers All

Song: “Ring of Fire”

Story 3: Say Yes

Story 4: The 6,000 Steps

Unit 3 Memories and Miracles

Song: “My Melancholy Baby”

Story 5: The Lifesaver

Story 6: Matej’s Perfect English

Unit 4 Taking Chances

Song: “Breakaway”

Story 7: Take a Chance

Story 8: The Dare

Unit 5 Work and Pay

Song: “My Melancholy Baby”

Story 9: Sing a Song or Get a Lawyer?

Story 10: The Bonus Checks

Unit 6 Love for Cats, Big and Small

Song: “I Will Always Love You”

Story 11: The Reunion

Story 12: The Library Cat

Unit 7 The Great Depression

Song: “Happy Days Are Here Again”

Story 13: Happy Days?

Story 14: Keeping Time

Unit 8 All’s Well That Ends Well

Song: “Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?”

Story 15: Louis Armstrong in the Haboob

Story 16: Welcome to New York City

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