As WandaVision continues to unfold its cryptic, meta mystery, the show finds itself dipping into the tragic histories of its characters. In the most recent episode of the show, "Now in Color," Wanda is confronted with the death of her twin brother Pietro by the mysterious Geraldine, a moment punctuated by a brief lullaby sung to her newborn twins.
The song, while in the made-up language of Sokovian, has been roughly translated into English using subtitles that only appear with Portuguese captions selected.
Even as fans have stumbled upon a rough translation, the true meaning of the song remains elusive...
FROM THE SCARLET WITCH'S HEART
An article from Marvel.com reveals not only the translated lyrics to Wanda's lullaby, but also the title of the song, "Sokovian Lullaby". The song went through a number of iterations by Courtney Young, the series' language coach.
The lyrics are as follows:
We’ve been waiting for you
'tie mi t͡ʃaˈjaɫəm
Now you are here
ˈʃiɪdeŋ ˈti e ˈʃte
More perfect than I imagined
ˈdrage wo t͡sto ˈmisliɫəm
Our house is now a home (our house is now a nest)
ˈdom naʃ ˈʃiɪdeŋ ˈgnieʒdo
No matter where you go
bez veˈdeɪ̆ doˈkude ˈjit͡ʃiʃ
Sunlight shines on you
ˈʃiʒa ˈsunt͡so nad tiˈe
Series showrunner Jac Schaeffer also provided an explanation on why these lyrics were chosen, noting that instead of contributing to the unfolding narrative, they reflected a personal, sincere feeling.
“It’s not about the larger mystery of the show. In my mind, at the time, it was like a sincere version of a TV sitcom theme song, like a real heartfelt one in her native language. The last part about the sunshine…. This is cheesy but I'm going to tell you, there was a song in my prenatal fitness class that was very woo-woo ; that [last line references] the longtime sun that we would sing [about]. It was my first baby and I would sing it to him, so that's just a little thing for my own kid.”
A SINCERE MOMENT FOR WANDA AND HER SONS
As showrunner Jac Schaeffer explains, this moment in the show serves as a personal, heartfelt addition to the show, not a contribution to the unraveling world of Westview or the many layers of references to the larger Marvel universe. As such, it offers a quite fittingly intimate feeling to the scene, focusing on the emotions of the characters.
Marvel's decision to release the lyrics also shows an understanding of the fan interest in the minutia of the show. The studio has shown a clear knowledge of what fans want to see, and it appears this won't change as the studio moves into Phase Four of the MCU.
Even as much of WandaVision seems to refer back to moments in the MCU or elements of Wanda's history in the comics, it's nice to see the show pull instead from something more personal. While the trail of Easter eggs has proven exciting for fans to follow, the show is still strongest as it paves a new path forward.
With all the attention given to the emotional depths of its characters, it seems WandaVision is clearly not getting weighed down by all the fan service it provides.