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From a Distance

From a Distance

Thedenal

(Julie Gold)

(Julie Gold)

 

From a distance the world looks blue and green
And the snow-capped mountains white
From a distance the ocean meets the stream
And the eagle takes to flight

Bíidu leyi i liyen Doni, thedenal,
I melíithi bo hishenal wo.
Mebithim mela i wili, thedenal,
I nashumáad babí.

 

From a distance there is harmony
And it echoes through the land
It's the voice of hope, it's the voice of peace
It's the voice of every man

Ham sha, thedenal,
I zhorumi be donimu obée.
Be dith ulethu; be dith shonethu;
Be dith withetha woho.

 

From a distance we all have enough
And no one is in need
There are no guns, no bombs, no diseases
No hungry mouths to feed

Merathi len woho radaleth, thedenal,
I them ra rawith radaleth.
Ham ra daleholhobewan, ra dalemeholhobewan, ra éeya,
Ra mewoyide wowith.

 

From a distance we are instruments
Marching in a common band
Playing songs of home, playing songs of peace
They're the songs of every man
God is watching us, God is watching us
God is watching us from a distance

Mesháad i melalom len lolinenal, thedenal,
I melalom bethethu, i melalom shonethu.
Bezh lom withetha woho.
Il Lahila leneth; il Lahila leneth;
Il Lahila leneth, thedenal.

 

From a distance you look like my friend
Even though we are at war
From a distance I can't comprehend
What all this war is for

Zhedam ne lan lethoth, thedenal,
Íizh rashonelh lezh hizh hizheden.
Thad en ra le, thedenal,
In rashonelh bebáawanehéeth.

 

From a distance there is harmony
And it echoes through the land
It's the hope of hopes, it's the love of loves
It's the heart of every man

Ham sha, thedenal,
I zhorumi be donimu obée.
Be ulehóo ulethu; be ohamehóo ohamethu;
Be óoya withetha woho.

 

It's the hope of hopes, It's the love of loves
It's the song of every man

Sha ulehóo ulethu; sha ohamehóo ohamethu;
Sha lom withetha woho.

Morpheme-by-Morpheme Analysis with Re-translation into English

Thedenal

Be distant + MANN

Distantly


Bíidu

DECL + POETRY

leyi

Be blue

i

And

liyen

Be green

Doni,

Earth

thedenal

Be distant + MANN

Earth is blue and green, distantly,

I

And

melíithi

PL + Be white

bo

Mountain

hishenal

Snow + MANN

wo.

MADE-UP

And the mountains are snowy white.

Mebithim

PL + Meet

mela

Ocean

i

And

wili,

River

thedenal,

Be distant + MANN

The oceans and rivers meet, distantly,

I

And

nashumáad

BEGIN + To fly

babí.

Bird

And a bird begins to fly.


Ham

Be present

sha,

Harmony

thedenal,

Distant + MANN

There is harmony, distantly,

I

and

zhorumi

echo

be

It

donimu

Earth + PATH

obée.

Through

And it echoes through the land.

Be

It

dith

Voice

ulethu;

Hope + PART + IDENT

be

It

dith

Voice

shonethu;

Peace + PART + IDENT

It is the voice of hope; it is the voice of peace;

Be

It

dith

Voice

withetha

Person + POSS:BIRTH + IDENT

woho.

Every

It is the voice of everyone.


Merathi

PL + Non- + Have = Lack

len

We:6+

woho

Every

radaleth,

Non- + Thing = Nothing + OBJ

thedenal,

Be distant + MANN

We all lack nothing, distantly,

I

And

them

Need

ra

Not

rawith

Non- + Person = No-one

radaleth.

Nothing + OBJ

And no-one needs anything.

Ham

Be present

ra

Not

daleholhobewan,

Thing + Harm (PEJOR) + PURP = Weapon

ra

Not

dalemeholhobewan,

Thing + PL + Harm (PEJOR) + PURP = WMD

ra

Not

éeya,

Illness

There is no weapon, no WMD, no illness,

Ra

Not

mewoyide

PL + REL + Be hungry

wowith.

REL + Person

No hungry people.


Mesháad

PL + Go/come

i

And

melalom

PL + Sing

len

We:6+

lolinenal,

To gather + MANN

thedenal,

Be distant + MANN

We go and sing as a group, distantly,

I

And

melalom

PL + Sing

bethethu,

Home + PART

i

And

melalom

PL + Sing

shonethu.

Peace + PART

And we sing of home, and we sing of peace.

Bezh

They:2-5

lom

Song

withetha

Person + POSS:BIRTH + IDENT

woho.

Every

They are the songs of everyone.

Il

Pay Attention

Lahila

Holy-one

leneth;

We:6+ + OBJ

Il

Pay Attention

Lahila

Holy-one

leneth;

We:6+ + OBJ

The Holy-One regards us; the Holy-One regards us;

Il

Pay Attention

Lahila

Holy-one

leneth,

We:6+ + OBJ

thedenal.

Be distant + MANN

The Holy-One regards us, distantly.


Zhedam

Resemble

ne

You:1

lan

Friend

lethoth,

I + POSS + OBJ

thedenal,

Be Distant + MANN

You resemble my friend, distantly,

Íizh

Although

rashonelh

War

lezh

We:2-5

hizh

Demonst:2-5

hizheden.

Demonst:2-5 + ASSOC

Even though we war with each other.

Thad

Be able

en

Understand

ra

Not

le,

I

thedenal,

Be distant + MANN

I cannot understand, distantly,

In

Exist

rashonelh

War

bebáawanehéeth.

Interrog + PURP + EMBED:Q + OBJ

What purpose war serves.


Ham

Be present

sha,

Harmony

thedenal,

Be distant + MANN

There is harmony, distantly,

I

And

zhorumi

Echo

be

It

donimu

Earth + PATH

obée.

Through

And it echoes through the land.

Be

It

ulehóo

Hope + FOCUS

ulethu;

Hope + PART + IDENT

be

It

ohamehóo

Love-for-holy + FOCUS

ohamethu;

Love-for-holy + PART + IDENT

It is the hope of hope; it is the holy-love of holy-loves;

Be

It

óoya

Heart

withetha

Person + POSS:BIRTH + IDENT

woho.

Every

It is the heart of everyone.


Sha

Harmony

ulehóo

Hope + FOCUS

ulethu;

Hope + PART + IDENT

sha

Harmony

ohamehóo

Love-for-holy + FOCUS

ohamethu;

Love-for-holy + PART + IDENT

Harmony is the hope of hopes; harmony is the holy-love of holy-loves;

Sha

Harmony

lom

Song

withetha

Person + POSS:BIRTH + IDENT

woho.

Every

Harmony is the song of everyone.

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