5-minute listening: Use Jackson Wang’s ‘Cruel’ to practise your English

  • Practise your English with our short listening exercises: play the audio linked below; answer the questions; and check the answers at the bottom of the page
  • This track is one of ten on the upcoming album from singer-rapper from K-pop boy band GOT7, ‘Magic Man’, set to drop on September 9
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Jackson Wang performs a mesmerising dance in the music video for “Cruel”. Photo: Captured from YouTube

Jackson Wang dropped a music video for Cruel on July 29. The single is one of 10 tracks featured in his upcoming album “Magic Man”, which will be released on September 9.

The artist described the song in a press statement as the “opus to a wild yet beautiful symphony”.

In the music video, which is set in a post-apocalyptic world, Wang makes his way through the ruin and rubble, battling enemies in a mesmerising dance sequence.

Listen to Cruel from Jackson Wang, and see how well you understand the lyrics by completing the quiz below. Scroll down to check the answers, and play the song again!


1. What does the singer hope to accomplish by going back to the other person in verse one?
A. He wants to offer his help.
B. He hopes to ask for forgiveness.
C. He is trying to seek revenge.
D. information not given

2. How does the singer hope the other person will react to him “wasting” their time?
A. that they are OK with it
B. that they will not reject him
C. that they will accept it
D. all of the above

3. Based on your understanding of verse one, what sort of look does the other person have in their eyes?
A. compassion
B. disgust
C. desire
D. tolerance

4. What does the singer want to know according to the pre-chorus?
A. where the other person is when they are back
B. why the other person is going away
C. how long the other person intends to be away
D. whom the other person is going away with

5. If you “keep someone up”, you ...
A. ask them to wait for you
B. prevent them from going to bed
C. remind them to take a nap
D. delay them from going somewhere

6. What do the lyrics “a little gasoline and a match” suggest that the singer might do?
A. ask for help
B. start a fire
C. make a threat
D. demolish a building

7. What does it mean if someone is a “cold person”?
A. They need a warmer jacket.
B. They are feeling sick.
C. They are very popular.
D. They are not emotional.

8. Which of the following best describes something that you “need”?
A. It is very necessary.
B. It used to be owned by someone else.
C. It can only be found in certain places.
D. It is something you wanted in the past but no longer wish for.

9. Which group of people do you usually find at a “mosh pit”?
A. racers
B. performers
C. audience
D. gardeners

10. If someone “throws a fit”, they are most likely feeling ...
A. angry
B. enraged
C. incensed
D. all of the above


Verse one
I’m coming back to you
And I hope you don’t mind
That I’m wasting your time
I know you want me, too
Even though you’re not mine
You got that look in your eyes

Come on, tell me where you at
When you’re back
I won’t keep you up, take a nap
A little gasoline and a match

You just like it better when it’s cold
Oh, oh
Oh, oh-oh

This ain’t what you want
This is what you need
Wake up in the morning
Know just what you need, need, need, need

Verse two
I’m coming back to you
So I really hope that you don’t mind
I know you want me, too
Even though you’re not mine
You got that look in your eyes

Can you remember when I crossed it?
Put the sweat up in this like a mosh pit
Think I’m done up in this
Don’t you stop me
Don’t wanna see you throw a fit

You just like it better when it’s cold
Oh, oh
Oh, oh-oh

She does have a certain look in her eyes, though that might just be from special effects. Photo: Captured from YouTube


1. D
2. D
3. C
4. A
5. B
6. B
7. D
8. A
9. C
10. D

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