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Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
29-Mar-04 - 05:21 PM
Thread Name: German folk song, help with translation
Subject: RE: German folk song, help with translation
Third verse, 'I'd rather like to tell,' is weak. ?My mother I must tell.
The rhymes throughout your translation, however, are forced and weaken the impact- always a problem in translation- major changes must be made to get the story into an English form that works with the music. This is one of the reasons that songs written in one language become quite different when translated into another.