To Drag the Heavy Chain

Like every week, today I find myself at the office working on a chapter of my thesis. As I work, and work and work I can’t help but be reminded of that song my dad used to sing to me often about work, and the inevitability of it. I never understood it until I had to work from 9am-5pm. Because yes, I call research and writing work – it’s gruelling, time consuming, and mentally tiring. Yet, I must work, it is inevitable.

Arrastrar la dura cadena              / To drag the heavy chain
trabajar sin tregua y sin fin         /  to work without respite or end
es lo mismo que una condena     /  it’s like a prison sentence
que ninguno puede eludir           / that no one can evade.

El trabajo nace con la persona    / ‘Work’ is born with the person
va grabado sobre su piel               / it’s engraved upon his skin
y ya siempre le acompaña            / and it accompanies him
como el amigo mas fiel                 /  like the most faithful friend.
Trabajar con nieve y con frío       / To work through snow and cold
con la fe del que ha de triunfar   / with the faith of one who will triumph
porque el agua que lleva el río     / because the waters carried by the river
no regresa nunca del mar             / never return to the sea.

El trabajo nace con la persona    / ‘Work’ is born with the person
va grabado sobre su piel               / it’s engraved upon his skin
y ya siempre le acompaña            / and it accompanies him
como el amigo mas fiel                 /  like the most faithful friend.
Vale mas tener esperanza            / It’s better to have hope
y luchar por algo mejor                / and to fight for something better;
trabajar con fe y esperanza         / to work with faith and hope
por lograr un mundo mejor        / to gain a better world

El trabajo nace con la persona    / ‘Work’ is born with the person
va grabado sobre su piel               / it’s engraved upon his skin
y ya siempre le acompaña            / and it accompanies him
como el amigo mas fiel                 /  like the most faithful friend.

Cheers, AR

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