For good - Steven Schwartz

Translated into ASL by David Bar-Tzur

Created 20 June 2005, links updated monthly with the help of LinkAlarm.

EXPLANATION OF THE GLOSSING SYSTEM
(to understand how I describe the signs in this translation).

ME alt.HEAR PEOPLE ENTER OUR LIFE HAVE REASON. THEY-rt BRING SOMETHING WE NEED LEARN. IF THEY-rt CAN HELP US MATURE WE ATTRACTED. WE MUST ALLOW THEM-rt PLUS HELP THEM #BACK. ME BELIEVE THAT? DON'T-KNOW. MAYBE TRUE.

BUT KNOW-THAT INSIDE-SELF LIKE THAT BECAUSE ME KNOW YOU. IDEA~LIKE SUN PULL-ON-lf COMET. LIKE STONE alt.5:-CL IN RIVER, WATER PUSH+. #DO-DO IF YOU IMPROVE ME? BUT ME KNOW THAT CHANGE CONTINUE FOREVER WILL.

MAYBE TWO-OF-US NEVER MEET AGAIN FROM-NOW-ON. MEAN BETTER TELL-you NOW BEFORE TWO-OF-US PART. SO-MUCH INSIDE-SELF YOU TEACH-me ME. YOU LEAVE@heart IMPRESSION ON MY HEART. DOESN'T-MATTER HOW OUR STORY END. ME KNOW-THAT MINE DEPEND ON YOU, MY FRIEND.

IDEA~LIKE WIND HELP BOAT NAVIGATE THROUGH SEA. LIKE BIRD BRING SEED, HELP FOREST (2h)GROW. ME BETTER NOW? BIG-QUESTION. BUT BECAUSE ME KNOW YOU, BECAUSE ME KNOW YOU...

BECAUSE ME KNOW YOU THAT CHANGE CONTINUE FOREVER. ME WANT MAKE SURE ASK YOU FORGIVE ME ANY WAY ME HURT YOU. AND ME KNOW-THAT YOU FORGIVE ME TOO. WHAT HAPPEN PAST DOESN'T-MATTER NOW.

BUT KNOW-THAT INSIDE-SELF LIKE THAT BECAUSE ME KNOW YOU. IDEA~LIKE SUN PULL-ON-lf COMET. LIKE STONE (2h)5:-CL IN RIVER, WATER PUSH+. YOU HELP ME CHANGE IMPROVE. ME BELIEVE YOU HELP ME CHANGE IMPROVE. ||: BECAUSE ME KNOW YOU (3 times) :||, ME CHANGE IMPROVE FROM-NOW-ON.


Notes: MATURE - [M], PO diagonally away, FO up, slide up palm of [B], PO diagonally away, FO up.

ATTRACTED - [C], PO > NDS, FO up, is held in front of face and moves away while closing to an [S].

#BACK - The [B] hand transitions to a [C] and then a [K] while moving away from signer.

KNOW-THAT - Starts like KNOW but twists and descends, looking almost like DON'T-KNOW except the hand twists down at the end.

INSIDE-SELF - The FT of [C] are held against the chest and stuff the FT of [O^] into the [C] twice.

IDEA~LIKE - a blending where IDEA has a [Y] instead of an [I] in anticipation of LIKE which - signed smoothly right afterwards.

SUN PULL-ON-lf COMET - [C], strikes thumbside around eyesocket, then look down > left and mime pulling on a rope once, then cross (2h)[S] at wrists and move > right while DH changes to a [5wg] to show tail.

alt.5:-CL - (2h)[5:], alt. descend while hands move forward to show stones in a river.

FROM-NOW-ON - (2h)[B^], POs ><, FOs away, DHFT touches knuckle side of NDHFT and moves away in a downward arc.

PART - (2h)[1], POs down, FOs away, at first move together but shortly move diagonally > their sepective sides.

LEAVE@heart - (2h)[5], strikes sides of heart with FTs.

IMPRESSION - DH thumb is held against palm of [B] as in IMPRESS but moves > signer twice,.

NAVIGATE - Hands held like BOAT move away in a curvy pattern.

BIG-QUESTION - like the sign QUESTION-MARK but both hands and all fingers (not the thumb) form a symmetric shape that - a question mark in the right hand and a reversed question mark in the left hand.

The signs between "||:" are repeated.

Lyrics:

I've heard it said that people come into our lives for a reason,
Bringing something we must learn.
And we are led to those who help us most to grow
If we let them and we help them in return.
Well, I don't know if I believe that's true
But I know I'm who I am today
Because I knew you...
Like a comet pulled from orbit as it passes a sun
Like a stream that meets a boulder half-way through the wood
Who can say if i've been changed for the better?
But because I knew you, I have been changed for good
It well may be that we will never meet again in this lifetime
So let me say before we part
So much of me is made of what I learned from you
You'll be with me like a handprint on my heart
And now whatever way our stories end
I know you have re-written mine by being my friend...

Like a ship blown from its mooring by a wind off the sea
Like a seed dropped by a skybird in a distant wood
Who can say if I've been changed for the better?
But because I knew you...
Because I knew you...

Because I knew you, I have been changed for good...
And just to clear the air I ask forgiveness for the things I've done you blame me for
But then, I guess we know there's blame to share
And none of it seems to matter anymore

Like a comet pulled from orbit as it passes a sun
Like a stream that meets a boulder half-way through the wood
Who can say if i've been changed for the better?
I do believe I have been changed for the better
And because I knew you...
Because I knew you...
Because I knew you...
I have been changed for good.

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