Música - Fall Out Boy - Uma Thurman

Avatar do usuário OEstudantedeIngles 5645 2 16 110
Hey folks! Pessoal, olhem esse trechos da música ''Uma Thurman'' do Fall out Boy >

''I can move mountains
I can work a miracle, work a miracle
I'll keep you like an oath
"MAY NOTHING BUT DEATH DO US PART..."

And then > ''You’ll find your way
And MAY DEATH FIND YOU ALIVE ..''

The verb 'may' is set before the other verb. I asked my teacher about it and she said that's formal and old-fashioned. So, why'd the singer write the sentence like that?
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Avatar do usuário Cinnamon 15805 15 42 359
Hi there!

The modal May is usually formal and sometimes can be old-fashioned. In your question we see:
"Que só a morte POSSA nos separar."
...
"Que a morte POSSA lhe encontrar vivo(a)."
That is old language, however, as I said above, May is formal by itself, I would say that only when its meaning is related to probability it is less formal.

Cheers!
Avatar do usuário PPAULO 41975 6 33 737
Hi there, Estudante.
I wouldn´t say "may" in that sense is old-fashioned, there are words that aren´t much in use outside some settings, or by the average joe. Then from time to time it comes back.
In portuguese "jóia/bacana'' can coexist with "animal" etc, to illustrate the point. To a degree, I mean, whereas ''sacou?" (entendeu?) would be a real outdated word these days.

That´s more; this seems like a band 'with a mind" or perhaps it´s Pete Wentz influence...don´t know for sure, but their second show being at the university speaks volumes! Back here in Brazil we have some singers that are a bit on the intelectual side, Caetano Veloso/Chico Buarque, and song writer turned into writer (Paulo Coelho). So, music goes hand-in-hand with literature, philosophy, and other fields.
Plus, one don´t know if they had some help with writing the song, indeed songs are not so randomly made as we may think, at least sometimes.



Further readings on the band, on Wikipedia.

By the way, "...death do us apart" could be deemed "out-of-date" and even cliché, there are other ways to say that. But there are things that never change! :P