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domdomdu
Posted: Monday, August 07, 2017 4:35:49 AM

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This is a song translated from Swedish into English. I know Swedish version is more accurate, but I don't speak Swedish.
In this song, does 'the shadow of a hope' imply positive or negative? I'm confused because I have the lyrics translated into my language.
At first I thought it was the positive meaning, because, for me, it sounds that "A hope is coming, so I see or feel the shadow behind the hope. The shadow always follows a thing. It shows a hope is coming". But I always feel like it was unnatural for the last line in bold of this song, so now I think it is saying "There is the darkness around a hope, so the hope can't come". It is pretty sad.

+ And Could you check my English if you have time? Thank you!




Darling, summer's coming slowly
I wish you only saw
little Sweden changing shape
houses and streets they are all empty
vacation, and this land is in a state of emergency


A motorway cuts right through the city,
over squares and over concrete
in a sudden storm of hail
forgetting that nights are very short now
my sleep it keeps deceiving me
with my aching heart

(and the summer, it deceives me

with the sadness of my heart)


But darling tonight you did return here
and all was then forgiven
in a rare and happy dream
and right then in the moment when I wake up,
the shadow of a hope is still hanging in my rooms


Darling, I know you are awake now
the signal reaching your world,
but it’s met with no reply
in this heat the air is still and deadly
what if you could see now
how the process looses speed


Darling tonight you did return here
and all was then forgiven
in a recycled dream
and right then in the moment when I wake up,
the shadow of a hope is still hanging in my room


Darling, I found my way from darkness
there's hope a change might come along
but it it will take its time
a new start, and I am thinking new thoughts
but all those things you fell for,
are still a part of me
everything has changed now,
but I still feel the same


Darling tonight you did return here
I got all explanations
in a recycled dream
and right then in the moment when I wake up I see
the shadow of hope leaving from my room
the shadow of hope is leaving from my room

=Finally he gets out of the negative situation if the shadow means negative?


Romany
Posted: Monday, August 07, 2017 5:08:20 AM
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The way I personally would interpret it is that: Often she dreams of him and, when she wakes up the dreams do just give her a feeling of hope for a little: even though the wide-awake 'her' knows there's none.

But now she's had a dream and the feeling is different. When she woke she no longer had any false hopes lingering. She finally has come to accept that they've parted.

Which I don't think is at all sad. To me this means she's finally over it. All her life lies in front of her now, free of the misery she had been feeling. Good news!
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