I’LL SURVIVE – Gloria Gaynor (ASL Translation)

Gloria Gaynor

Artist: Gloria Gaynor

Album: Love Tracks

Released: 1978

Genres: Disco, Rock

Nominations: Grammy Award for Best Disco, Grammy Award for Song of the Year 1980, Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance

BEGINNING

 Both of your index fingers are best used in “slowly signing” between the middle and ring finger and making sure your hands move clearly. You can sign, no matter where you want, on your chest, neck, arms pulling out, or be creative. 

AFRAID 

Your hands dramatically show the handshape of “fear” in the middle of your chest or torso, but if wanting to add other visual ideas, for example, push your hands towards the heart. 

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PARANOIA

 Dramatically taking a hold of hair.

THINKING

 All fingers on both temple of your head, or be creative. 

 CAN’T, CAN’T!

Two index fingers look like a “railway crossing, but failing to stay on the line.” Use your imagination to explain “can’t” or “cannot.”

KEEP UP

Two thumbs sign towards the “heavens” and “skies” above your head, or far from your head.

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BECAUSE

Most deaf people sign “because” on his/her forehead. 

YOU DIVORCED AWAY

  “One” ASL has to be used for both index fingers to face each other and put together, then you begin to separate “number 1” to move away from each other. For example, a boyfriend dumped her and went away forever. On your left hand, use the index finger (ONE ASL) to rudely walk away from your right hand, don’t forget to use facial expressions pretending to be sad, disappointed, or angry. Again, this line depends on how you express coherently to your deaf audience. If this makes no sense, try a different “ASL-style” or seek feedback from the deaf community.

AGAIN, AGAIN ALL NIGHT 

Sign “again” twice on the palm of your hand, and sign “all night” from the end of your arms (elbows), doesn’t matter if you use right-handed or left-handed. As long as your audience understands you. 

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LOOKING BACK YOU AGAINST ME

Use your index finger and the middle finger — it’s like a “two” sign for looking back in the past, your memories to think about. First, raise your elbows, then use the “two” sign to move past the side of your head (any right or left), moving slowly, more dramatically. Then sign “you” as if you were accusing someone. Then sign “Against” in the palm of your hand, as if hitting the boat with a shark fin. All of your fingers come together and look like a “B” sign. You do not need to sign “me” because you sign “against” to your heart. That should do the trick. Facial expressions are the best way to let your audience know. Let deaf people decipher your face because their eyes are critics.

I BECAME STRONGER

No need to sign “I” on your chest. You can use different signs for “I” in a creative way. You can sign the “body,” not really sign it, but you should be more subtle. As an example, move your hands down your body.

You don’t need to sign “become.” You could skip “become” to “stronger” or “gaining strength” or “building up strong.” It is about having your confidence after something terrible happened to you. Then you hold your head high with pride, you know? Try signing “brave,” you know?

I FINALLY MOVED ON

Yes, now you may sign “I” on your chest. While you use your hands for the adjective word of “finally” in ASL is the same as “fame,” “at long last,” or “successful.” Still, those signs could be multiple ambiguous and confusing, in the same way, to place onto your chin and between the cheeks. You have to be very clear with ASL where you put your hands on your face, ensuring that your Deaf audience understands you. Please do not sign “move on.” It’s better to sign “go ahead,” or you can think of a laundry machine that rolls over the clothes upside-down, the same cycles, over and over until they get dry. You may sign “roll-over” in front of your chest, arm out.

BUT…

You don’t have to sign “but” with both index fingers, same as “difference” in ASL. You just lift the palm of your hand, like “talk to my hand,” you know? It’s kind of like “wait a minute” or “hold on to that thought.” You can sign “stuck” on your throat if you want to. Don’t forget to use your facial expressions to help the audience understand what your hands are saying.

NOW YOU CAME BACK FROM THERE

Sign “now you came to land” above your head. 

I FACE-TO-FACE YOU

YOUR FACE SO SAD

SHOULD REPLACE MY STUPID LOCK

SHOULD FORCE YOU 

THROWING YOUR KEY

IF I KNEW 

FOR ONE SECOND

YOU COME BACK 

BOTHER ME

SHOO SHOO!

DOOR OPENED

LEAVING!

Sign “kick your ass” in ASL.

NO MORE

Sign “finish” or “done” in ASL.

COME HERE

You are using both index fingers to “come” and point at your feet.

YOU “BEFORE” HURT ME 

SAY GOODBYE

Sign “inform” or “express” for the word say then signing “bye.” 

YOU THINK I COLLAPSE 

Sign “breakdown” or “body shutdown” for the word of collapse in ASL.

LAY DOWN 

DYING

NO NO 

Wave your hands in cross style instead of signing “no.” 

I WILL LIVE

IF I UNDERSTAND LOVE

I KNOW I WILL CONTINUE

HAVING MY WHOLE FUTURE

HERE ON OUT

MY LOVE GIVEN

ALIVE

I WILL LIVE!

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