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  • This is Me - with Makaton signing

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    This is a practice video for you to sign along to as you get ready for our signed performance of ‘This is Me’.

    Remember, as we are signing Makaton we are using the most appropriate signs to get across the *meaning* of the words, so it isn’t a literal word-for-word translation, and this version may be quite different in places to other translations you’ve seen which have been more literal. For example, the first line ‘I am not a stranger to the dark’ doesn’t refer to the sort of dark that happens at night time; I have interpreted it as dark feelings, or dark places in my mind. If you look at the next line (run away, they say, we don’t want your broken parts) it seems apparent that the dark feelings have been caused by other people’s rejection. So I have translated this line as ‘I am often alone’. In an ideal world perhaps it would be ‘I am often alone and I feel quite sad about it’ but that is quite a lot of signing to fit in!

    Facial expression is also really important when using Makaton, try to really feel the words you are singing and signing.

    Here is the Makaton translation, with the signs used in (CAPS) at the end of each line:

    I am not a stranger to the dark (I / OFTEN / ALONE)
    Hide away, they say (HIDE)
    'Cause we don't want your broken parts (NO / WANT / BAD / BODY)

    I've learned to be ashamed of all my scars (I / ASHAMED / DIFFERENT)
    Run away, they say (GO)
    No one'll love you as you are (NO / LOVE / NOW)

    But I won't let them break me down to dust (NO / BULLY / ME)
    I know that there's a place for us (KNOW / PLACE / OURS)
    For we are glorious (US / SPECIAL)

    When the sharpest words wanna cut me down (VERBAL ABUSE)
    I'm gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out (SHOUT / LOUD)
    I am brave, I am bruised (I / BRAVE / I / BRUISE)
    I am who I'm meant to be, this is me (I / PROUD / THIS / ME)

    Look out 'cause here I come (LOOK / COME)
    And I'm marching on to the beat I drum (I / CONFIDENT)
    I'm not scared to be seen ( NO / SCARED / TO SHOW)
    I make no apologies, this is me (NO / SORRY / THIS / ME)

    Another round of bullets hits my skin (MORE / ABUSE / BODY)
    Well, fire away 'cause today, I won't let the shame sink in (OK / TODAY / NO / ASHAMED)
    We are bursting through the barricades and (WIN / DIFFICULT)
    Reaching for the sun (TRY TRY TRY)
    We are warriors (STRONG)
    Yeah, that's what we've become (US)

    I won't let them break me down to dust (NO / BULLY / ME)
    I know that there's a place for us (KNOW / PLACE / OURS)
    For we are glorious (US / SPECIAL)

    When the sharpest words wanna cut me down (VERBAL ABUSE)
    I'm gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out (SHOUT / LOUD)
    I am brave, I am bruised (I / BRAVE / I / BRUISE)
    I am who I'm meant to be, this is me (I / PROUD / THIS / ME)

    Look out 'cause here I come (LOOK / COME)
    And I'm marching on to the beat I drum (I / CONFIDENT)
    I'm not scared to be seen ( NO / SCARED / TO SHOW)
    I make no apologies, this is me (NO / SORRY / THIS / ME)

    And I know that I deserve your love (KNOW / HAVE / LOVE)
    Cos there’s nothing I’m not worthy of (I / SPECIAL)

    When the sharpest words wanna cut me down (VERBAL ABUSE)
    I'm gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out (SHOUT / LOUD)
    This is brave, This is bruised (I / BRAVE / I / BRUISE)
    This is who I'm meant to be, this is me (I / PROUD / THIS / ME)

    Look out 'cause here I come (LOOK / COME)
    And I'm marching on to the beat I drum (I / CONFIDENT)
    I'm not scared to be seen ( NO / SCARED / TO SHOW)
    I make no apologies, this is me (NO / SORRY / THIS / ME)

    This is me (THIS / ME)

    ‘This is Me’ was written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and is performed here by Keala Settle. Makaton translation by Cat McGill.

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