“Renegades”

X Ambassadors, 2015

Choose from the following activities:

  • Listening Listen to the song while reading the lyrics. The lyrics below have low-frequency words crossed out. Assure students that they can understand the gist of the song without getting bogged down by those words. 

Renegades, lyrics.docx          Renegades, lyrics.pdf

  • Post-Listening Read the high-beginning story behind the song, titled “Two Brothers and a Band.” The story explains why the band’s singer calls the official video for this song “personal.”
  • Post-Listening Watch the official music video, in which physically disabled people do amazing things.
  • Post-Listening Sing along with the chorus. It’s easy and fun to sing.

And I say hey
Hey, hey, hey
Living like we’re renegades
Hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey
Living like we’re renegades
Renegades, renegades

  • Post-Listening Personalize the chorus. Students replace the line Living like we’re renegades with their own lines. After each student says his or her line, the whole class sings Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey. Below is an audio clip of students in my class of adults singing their new lyrics. For more information on this activity, please see Activity #5: Writing New Song Lyrics.