EXPLANATION OF THE GLOSSING SYSTEM
(to understand how I describe the signs in this translation).
1. IGNITE ONE* CANDLE FOR MACABI CHIDREN
WE THANKFUL THEIR-lf LIGHT NOT CANDLE-GO-OUT.
IGNITE ONE* CANDLE FOR PAIN THEY-lf SUFFER
HAPPEN GREEK NOT ALLOW THEIR-lf RIGHT.
IGNITE ONE* CANDLE FOR HARD-KNOCKS
JUSTICE AND FREEDOM REQUIRE.
IGNITE ONE* CANDLE FOR WISDOM KNOW*
TIME-PERIOD MAKE PEACE ARRIVE PAH!
Refrain: DON'T LET LIGHT CANDLE-GO-OUT.
UP-TO-NOW CONTINUE YEARS-AND-YEARS.
DON'T ALLOW LIGHT CANDLE-GO-OUT.
SHOULD SHINY WITH LOVE AND TEARS.
2. IGNITE ONE* CANDLE FOR STRENGTH WE NEED
NEVER BECOME OUR #OWN ENEMY,
IGNITE ONE* CANDLE FOR PEOPLE SUFFER
PAIN WE LEARN-LESSON LONG-AGO.
IGNITE ONE* CANDLE FOR (2h)#ALL BELIEVE
ANGER NOT NEED OPPOSITE"each",
IGNITE ONE* CANDLE FIND US TOGETHER
WITH PEACE SONG IN OUR HEART. Refrain
3. WHICH MEMORY CHERISH SO-MUCH
THAT WE KEEP LIVE+ IN FLAME?
WHAT GOAL PEOPLE DIE SUPORT
WE SEARCH HAVE GOOD REASON FOR THAT?
WE ARRIVE UP-TO-NOW ALWAYS BELIEVE
THAT JUSTICE SOME-DAY CAN SUCCEED.
THAT OUR BURDEN; THAT OUR PROMISE.
THAT REASON WE FAIL CAN'T. Refrain
||: (3x) DON'T ALLOW LIGHT CANDLE-GO-OUT. :|| DON'T-WANT DARK.
Notes: IGNITE - Looks like lighting a match by striking the NDH FT [bX] against the DH [bX]. For a QuickTime file of this sign, see ASL Pro: Bentshlicht.
ONE* - , PO > signer, FO up, moves away in a short abrupt fashion.
MACABI - (2h)[L] are held slightly apart and dip FTs down twice quickly to represent a Magen David (Star of David).
LIGHT - (2h)[O^], POs away, FOs up, open to (2h), while separating. For a QuickTime video of this sign, see ASL Pro: Light - 1.
CANDLE-GO-OUT - Starts like CANDLE, but DH closes to [O^] and descends down "wick".
THEY - Underlined words are honorific indices ("indexes"), using the FT of the upturned palm to indicate who is being honored.
HARD-KNOCKS - Fists alt. stike chest as if life were beating on you.
UP-TO-NOW - (2h)[1^], POs down, index fingers travel up the chest on the DS until they end (2h), POs > singer, FOs up.
PAH! - Like SUCCEED but "pah" is mouthed and has the meaning of "at long last". For a QuickTime movie of this sign, see ASL browser - finally.
TIME-PERIOD - [T], PO > NDS, FO up, travels in a vertical plane parallel to the NDH and makes contact with NDH [B], PO > DS, FO away. For a QuickTime file of this sign, see ASL Pro: Period - Time.
DON'T - (2h)[B], POs down, cross at wrists, then uncross moving horizontally and emphatically. For a QuickTime movie of this sign, see ASL browser - don't.
YEARS-AND-YEARS - (2h)[S], POs > signer, FOs ><, DH is swung in small circles parallel to the chest and held over the NDH hand, finally landing on the NDH fist. This is repeated.
SHINY - (2h)[open 8], POs down, FOs away, twist rapidly at wrists while rising. For a QuickTime file of this sign, see ASL Pro: Shine.
#OWN - Fingerspelled but it twists > signer when the "W" is produced.
LEARN-LESSON - FT of [O^] touch forhead, and then hand opens to [B] and touches forehead with the palm.
(2h)#ALL - (2h)[A], POs ><, FOs up, are held at shoulder height and move away while opening to (2h)[L].
OPPOSITE"each" - Sign OPPOSITE, twice, once with NDH further away and FTs on a diagonal and once with DH further away.
CHERISH - (2h)[5:], hold FTs by the sides of the chin and move down while maintaining contact and closing to (2h)[S].
SO-MUCH - (2h)[5:], POs ><, FOs away, separate while "so much" is mouthed.
SOME-DAY - WILL/FUTURE but hand twists slightly at wrist as it moves forward.
BURDEN - (2h)[C], POs ><, FOs up, are placed on DS shoulder and press it down so that the body tips > DS.
The signs between "||:" and ":||" are to be repeated.
1. Light one candle for the Maccabee children
With thanks that their light didn't die.
Light one candle for the pain they endured,
When their right to exist was denied.
Light one candle for the terrible sacrifice,
Justice and freedom demand.
But light one candle for the wisdom to know
When the peacemaker's time is at hand.
Refrain: Don't let the light go out!
It's lasted for so many years!
Don't let the light go out!
Let it shine through our love and our tears.
2. Light one candle for the strength that we need
To never become our own foe,
And light one candle for those who are suffering
Pain we learned so long ago.
Light one candle for all we believe in
That anger not tear us apart,
And light one candle to find us together
With peace as the song in our hearts. Refrain
3. What is the memory that's valued so highly
That we keep it alive in that flame?
What's the commitment to those who have died
That we cry out they've not died in vain?
We have come this far always believing
That justice would somehow prevail.
This is the burden; this is the promise;
This is why we will not fail! Refrain
||: (3x) Don't let the light go out! :||
To see me perform this interpretation, go to Light one Candle.