Ta Main (English translation)

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English translation

Your hand

They are quite often tied and sometimes free.
They build kites, they write books.
Sometimes they are open, sometimes they hold batons1
Some people clench them, others reach out with them.
They put them on their hearts on in their pockets.
They build parks where kids go running.
Though they are sometimes used to chastize all around the world,
we could join them, that would form a ring.2
 
Those that hold weapons
Those that wipe tears away
Those that soothe children
Those that unite us
Those that punish us
As for mine, I hold it to you.
 
Give me your hand, kid, and grab his again.
We'll form a round dance and chains
Give me your hand, kid, and grab his again.
We'll go round and round, let's do it3
Give me your hand
Give me your hand, kid, and
we'll go round and round, let's do it
 
Sometimes they are happy, sometimes so lonely.
When they wander they end up in your face
They are quite often naked, some people glove them
Some are put at stake4, some people ask them5
 
Those that hold weapons
Those that wipe tears away
Those that soothe children
Those that unite us
Those that punish us
As for mine, I hold it to you.
 
Give me your hand, kid, and grab his again.
We'll form a round dance and chains
Give me your hand, kid, and grab his again.
We'll go round and round, let's do it
Give me your hand
Give me your hand, kid, and
we'll go round and round, let's do it
 
I was lost just like you in sorrow
I waited for someone to grab mine.
You can build chains out of outstretched hands, you know.
And today it's me who grabs yours.
 
Give me your hand, kid, and grab his again.
We'll form a round dance and chains
Give me your hand, kid, and grab his again.
We'll go round and round, let's do it
Give me your hand, kid, and
Give me your hand, kid, and
we'll go round and round, let's do it
 
  • 1. a "main courante" is a statement you can make in a police station logbook, that can be produced later in law suit. Can't see how to tie that to "hand" in English except by alluding to the police
  • 2. "ronde" is a round dance, it's the usual term for this metaphor of joining hands all around the world (a round dance around the world)
  • 3. I don't know what he means by this "come on, my sorrow/hard work/sentence". Apparently he's not speaking any common French variant like Canadian French, so I'm all at sea
  • 4. "mettre sa main à couper("stake one's hand to be cut off") is like "betting your bottom dollar on smt.". Sorry, I could not find any English equivalent there either.
  • 5. in marriage
Submitted by ingirumimusnocte on Mon, 15/10/2018 - 19:44
Added in reply to request by jesuisasiya
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