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You have to be real

[Verse 1]
Who would help me endure life out here?
Who would grant me the strength that I need?
Who would comfort me? So small in the world1
If you don't exist, what ought I do?
 
[Chorus]
You must be real, you have to. I live my life through you
Without you I'm merely 2 debris on a dark and stormy sea
You must be real, you must. Then how can you forsake me?
I'd be nowhere,
I'd be nothing if you didn't exist3
 
[Verse 2]
Who would sense my remorse only to forgive me?
Peace for my soul, yes who'd provide that for me?
At the end, who'd be there to guide me after passing4?
If not for you, who would care for me then?5
 
[Chorus]
You must be real, you have to. I live my life through you
Without you I'm merely debris on a dark and stormy sea
You must be real, you must. Then how can you forsake me?
I'd be nowhere,
I'd be nothing if you didn't exist
 
[Bridge]
I can no longer see a purpose
Without you, what ought I do?
 
[Chorus]
I live my life through you
Without you I'm merely debris on a dark and stormy sea
You must be real, you must. Then how can you forsake me?
I'd be nowhere,
I'd be nothing if you didn't exist
 
If you do not exist
I'd be nothing if you didn't exist
I'd be nowhere
I'd be nothing if you didn't exist
 
  • 1. lit. so small on earth/the planet, but sounds really weird in English. But essentially conveying the feeling of helplessness in a world which is overbearing
  • 2. or simply "mere"
  • 3. could replace the "didn't exist" with "weren't real" if one prefers it, could also add "truly" before nothing to emphasize it more, but not part of the original lyrics so opted not to do so
  • 4. or "after death/dying"
  • 5. lit. if you don't exist who will take care of me after (death being insinuated)
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Submitted by KoblovKoblov on Sun, 13/12/2020 - 21:21
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Author's comments:

Not sure how much is needed in terms of backstory. But this is a song originally written by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson (2 of the members of ABBA) for their musical called "Kristina från Duvermåla", a story based on a Swedish novel series portraying the hardships of a Swedish family emigrating from Sweden to the US during the 19th century. This song in particular being when one of the main characters are struggling with her belief in God and finding a purpose with all the hardships she has been through ever since they left Sweden. Essentially someone undergoing an existential crisis at a difficult time in their life. There's a synopsis of the plot on wikipedia for those interested: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kristina_fr%C3%A5n_Duvem%C3%A5la

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