“I Was Born For This” lyrics (Journey)

Adding to an already unique game is Journey’s final track which plays over the credits sequence. “I Was Born For This” has a beautiful melody with its falsetto crescendo and graceful strings, but its lyrics aren’t easily understood. That’s because each line is in a different language. That’s why it sounds like Latin and Greek and Old English and French and Japanese. Because it is.

The fact that its quoting the great poets of the past further deepens its mystique rather than explaining what happens in Journey. The presence of Beowulf and the Aeneid and the Illiad all give this sense of history and culture, ancient tales of journeys and lives lived that make this Journey an archetype which has resounded down through time. This game, without dialogue, literally reaches across all languages and generations, something humanity has always shared. Discovering the lyrics has only increased my respect for Journey.

Below are the lyrics and their translations, followed by another video with a live performance of the piece.

Stat Sua cuique dies
(To each his day is given)
Stat Sua cuique dies
(To each his day is given)
– Latin, The Aeneid

Maél is mé tó féran
(‘Tis time that I fare from you)
– Old English, Beowulf

Aleto men moi nostos
(Lost is my homecoming)
Aleto men moi nostos
(Lost is my homecoming)
– Greek, The Illiad

C’est pour cela que je suis née
(I was born for this)
– French, Joan of Arc

Kono michi ya (On this road)
Yuki hito nashi ni (Goes no one)
Kono michi ya (On this road)
Aki no kure (Autumn sunset)
– Japanese, Matsuo Basho

C’est pour cela que je suis née
(I was born for this)
Ne me plaignez pas
(Do not pity me)
C’est pour cela que je suis née
(I was born for this)
– French, Joan of Arc

 

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