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So I have these lyrics:

...君が僕を忘れてしまっても ちょっと辛いけど… それでもいいから

I completely understand that line, but this one is troubling me

僕より先に どこか遠くに 旅立つことは 絶対 許さないから

I thought maybe it would parse like this

僕より先にどこか - Somewhere before me

遠くに旅立つことは絶対許さないから - The fact that you go away from me is unforgivable

And everything would be:

It's unforgivable that you go away from me, right before my eyes.

If i'm wrong and you can give some insight in why i'm parsing it wrong, if there's a "rule" I should follow, or something, when parsing. It would be great! (i'm not sure if 先にどこか遠くに should be together or not)

Thanks.

Source: http://www.lyrical-nonsense.com/lyrics/aimer/kataomoi/

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I would parse it this way:

{僕より先に}{どこか遠くに}旅立つことは{絶対}許さないから

僕より先に (before me; before I do) and どこか遠くに (somewhere far away) both modify 旅立つ.

「Vことは許さない」(を in 「Vことを許さない」 is replaced by は) means "don't allow (someone) to do~~"

Put together,

"I'll never allow you to leave for somewhere far away before I do."

... I think 遠くに旅立つ implies "pass away" here.

  • Thanks a lot, the weird thing for me here, is that I'm used that the noun usually comes after what is modifying it, eg: 静かな部屋, so I thought that どこか遠くに could not be write because the noun comes before, Do you have another sentence as an example with that construction? Thanks in advance – Felipe Oliveira Jul 20 '17 at 23:25
  • @FelipeOliveira 遠く is the noun form of 遠い and means "a far away place" (≂ 遠い場所/遠いところ)". 「An interrogative + か」 is placed before a noun / noun phrase), eg 「 何か食べ物をください。」「 誰か好きな人はいるの?」 – Chocolate Jul 20 '17 at 23:50

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