If this is a reference to what I think it's a reference to, it's by far the coolest reference I've seen on this course yet. :D
"Du er ikke et offer. Du er ikke et offer. Du er ikke et offer. Du er ikke et offer. Gud skal bøye seg før meg. Gud skal krype på føttene mine. Disse er de døende årende. Disse er de døende årende.
Når du lider... må du vite at jeg har forrådet deg."
Hopefully I translated the lyrics correctly haha. (Empty Sounds of Hatred by Marilyn Manson)
Vi er ikke et offer. Du er ikke et offer. Vi er ikke et offer. Du er ikke et offer. Gud vil bøye seg for meg. Gud vil krype for føttene mine. Dette er de døende årene. Dette er de døende årene.
Når du lider... vit at jeg har forrådt deg.
I don't really know how to translate the difference between grovel and crawl. In my dictionary grovel and crawl both comes up as krype, although I would like to translate grovel before me as "smisk for meg" or maybe "fornedre seg foran meg"
If I am queuing up to crawl, the person in front of me will "bøye seg før meg". He will crawl before I get to crawl. If I'm the one every one is coming to crawl before, he will "bøye seg for meg".
Før is a time-preposition (before, earlier than). "For" will have several alternatives when translated, but in this instance before/for happens to be valid. Before and before...
When choosing between dette and disse I just thought it sounded better with dette.. Lyrically I think I can argue both. Disse is grammatically correct, as there are several dying years in question. With dette The Dying Years has been transformed into an entity.
Krype på føttene means literally crawling on top of the feet (ouch).
About vil og skal.. me thinks I shall need a break as my brain hurts now. My gigantic 2001 English-Norwegian dictionary says (without the full notes it's a bit confusing) :
Ville - 1 want, want to, will, shall, wish 2 will, would 3 will, shall, would, should, going to 4 would, should
Skulle - 1 be going to, will, shall 2 have to, must 3 will 4 be supposed to, be said to, 5 would, is, could
I think it probably does, actually. The equivalent Dutch word is "slachtoffer," having the same modern meaning. Dutch "slachten" means "to slaughter." If you look up these Norwegian and Dutch words, they list obsolete meanings regarding sacrificial offers. Danish and Swedish also have the same word with the same present and past meanings. Sacrifice used to be common all over the world, though typically it was done with animals.