- Play Ramble on once, inviting those who feel comfortable to close their eyes
- Walk through the Ramble on handout and play the song again.
- In small groups or pairs, discuss the questions below.
- Follow up with a debrief of the discussion and the art activity.
Reflect and discuss
Ah, sometimes I grow so tired/But I know I’ve got one thing I got to do/Ramble on
And now’s the time, the time is now/To sing my song
I’m goin’ ’round the world, I got to find my girl/On my way
I’ve been this way ten years to the day/Ramble on
Gotta find the queen of all my dreams
The singer describes a goal that has been important to him for 10 years.
- How do you feel about the singer’s goal and approach to reaching it? What makes you say that?
- On a scale of 1-10, how important is finding ‘the person of your dreams’? Why?
- Do you think 10 years is a long time to pursue a goal? Explain.
- What are some of your short- and long-term goals?
Coping with disappointment
I met a girl so fair/But Gollum, and the evil one/Crept up and slipped away with her
Ain’t nothing I can do, no/I guess I keep on rambling
The singer seems to accept his loss and chooses to continue seeking his goal.
- How do you feel about the singer’s way of dealing with disappointment? Why?
- Have you ever experienced an obstacle to a goal? If so, how did you deal with it? If you could go back in time, would you deal with it the same way? Explain.
And through our health we drank a thousand times/It’s time to ramble on
The singer mentions using alcohol to cope with his disappointments.
- What are the pros and cons of using alcohol or other drugs to manage the ups and downs of life?
- What are some things people can do to reduce the risks of using substances?
- What are other ways to stay steady and motivated to pursue our goals?
- Write, draw, film or use another art form to reflect your current goals and dreams.
- Identify and present a song of your choice that involves the themes of goals and coping.