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Describe a childhood song you remember well

IELTS Cue Card Question 37 With Model Answer: 

Describe a childhood song you remember well.

You should say: 
  • what the song was about
  • where you first heard this song
  • how old you were then
and explain how you feel now when you hear this song.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Model Answer 1:
Childhood is the best part of one’s life and the memories are unforgettable. I heard a song in my childhood and still, I sing the song by myself unconsciously.

The song was about the early days of the singer Brian Adams. The lyric is composed in a continual manner to refer few events of his life and how he dealt with the days. He starts the song describing his buying a guitar (but did not mention the type) and its price from a local shop. Then he starts telling about the details of using the guitar and band formation to perform rock songs. But unfortunately the band members were split for different reasons, one of them got married while another one quitted. But Adams did not lose hope and continued his practice. He is lamenting for the past days which were best in his life. He also formed a relationship with a girl during a summer job but that also did not last for longer like the band.

When I was a teenager, I used to visit the home of a senior brother and he frequently played the song. It was a favourite song for him and accordingly, it also turned popular with me too. I started hearing the song whenever I got chances. But it was difficult for me to listen in those days as there were fewer playback instruments like radio or cassette players. So, I used to go to the house of my senior, and that was located just the opposite of our building.

I was a student of the ninth or tenth grade. It was my teenage. I liked the song because it is about recalling the past days but there are no regrets about missing the days. The singer is simply describing the events and it is emotional for him but he is not regretting as he missed his girlfriend or band members. He is still on his way and living with music. He loves music and never thinks of getting split with it like the other people he met in his early days.

The song is evergreen to me. In the current days when I listen to the song, I got the similar feelings that I felt in my teenage. It appears that the events are happening before the eyes and I am an observer of the entire story. This song is a unique one and been entertaining a large number of people globally. I believe most of the people who are familiar with the song feel the same as I do.

Sample Answer 2:
I was born and brought up in Lahore, Pakistan. But the influence of Bollywood was a notable issue at that time. So, I used to listen to the songs from Bollywood movies. And I can still remember one of the songs named “Pardesi Pardesi Jana Nahi, Mujhe Chodke .. Mujhe Chodke”. Thank you for the question that reminds me of my lost childhood.

The song was sung by a female. She was urging her boyfriend not to leave her. In fact, the male character was from a distant land and had some sort of mental involvement with the lady. They might have a very good relationship with each other. But when it was the time of departure, the lady might have asked the man to stay with her. She was in deep love with the man while the man might have a less emotional attachment to the issues. So, he was leaving. I have not seen the movie yet and thereby, I am unaware of the movie plot. But the song is still in my memory.

I heard the song for the first time in a local movie cassette-renting-shop in my locality. But I cannot remember the exact date and time for the event. Later, the song was too much popular and heard it being played in almost everywhere in the area. Though there are some political issues between India and Pakistan, there are no notable barriers to entertainment. As a result, Bollywood has a great market and demand in Pakistan. Recently, many of the Bollywood movies are released across Pakistan and they are having a good business. But the things were a bit distressful in the days I am talking about. Gradually, the song got more popular and many of the people had enjoyed the movie by being attracted to the song.

I was a student of ninth grade at the local school. In fact, I was a teenager then and also got attracted to the song, its tone and music composition. I memorised the song only by listening. Actually, the song turned so popular among the locals that I heard it almost every place. Satellite connections were not as much available as it is now. So, people in those days hired VCR (a sort of video cassette player) and video cassettes to enjoy the movie. But I was attracted to the song than the movie. In fact, I lack the patience to sit idly for long hours to enjoy any movie, and even in this present day, it is tiresome for me to watch a movie completely. I can remember the days were filled with fun, and it was interesting too to sing the song in line with the original one. I used to do that.

The emotions are all the same as it was in the past. The song had a long-term impact on me and some other people of my age. The song lyric is interesting while the music composition is melodious. But the song is a kind of tragic one. It is really hard to say goodbye to someone you love. The female character does not want to say goodbye to her beloved man. She is feeling lonely and thus asks the man to stay with her. Later, when she becomes unable to stop him, she urges him to remember her in the coming days. I actually could not understand the theme in the initial stage but now I can realise how pathetic it was to leave someone. Thereby, I feel sad whenever I hear the song now.

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