EXPLANATION OF THE GLOSSING SYSTEM
(to understand how I describe the signs in this translation).
REQUIRE SKILL LIVE SIMPLE, REQUIRE SKILL LIVE FREE. REQUIRE SKILL SETTLE, FIND RIGHT PLACE. PLUS HAPPEN WE FIND OURSELVES IN PLACE EXACT RIGHT, MEAN WE IN VALLEY HAVE LOVE AND THRILL.
HAPPEN TRUE-BIZ SIMPLE LIFE PAH, FLEXIBLE BOW-DOWN WE NOT FEEL SHAME. TURN-AROUND, TURN-AROUND WE FELL THRILL. WHY? TURN-AROUND, TURN-AROUND, OUR LIFE BECOME RIGHT.
Notes: SETTLE - (2h), POs down, FOs away, hands descend suddenly.
TRUE-BIZ - TRUE + (2h)[S], POs down, FOs away, DH brushes from side to side across NDH wrist.
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.
BOW-DOWN - (2h)[B], POs away, FOs up, are held like the final position of GIVE-UP, then bend these arms twice while bowing at waist once.
TURN-AROUND - DH [1^], PO down, FO > NDS, circles around NDH , PO > DS, FO up, and NDH also moves in a slight circle.
'Tis a gift to be simple
'Tis a gift to be free
'Tis a gift to come down
Where we ought to be
And when we find ourselves
In that place just right
We will be in the valley
Of Love and delight.
When the true simplicity
To bow and to bend
We shall not be ashamed
To turn and to turn it will
Be our delight
'Till by turning and turning we
Come 'round right.
To hear a performance of this song, go to Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashua recordings: Simple gifts.