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Thread #106505   Message #2201123
Posted By: Severn
24-Nov-07 - 12:09 AM
Thread Name: American pie has a lot to answer for.
Subject: RE: American pie has a lot to answer for.
And It was a big hit in other countries too, as a lot of US hits are, in translations not always nescessarly faithful in the least bit. Or sometimes the just don't work.

I was told in Scandinavia, it came out as:

Bye, bye Miss Cheese Danish
Drove my Ford to the fjord......

But seriously, I've heard or read interviews with the likes of Don MacLean and Steve Goodman about what hit songs with a lot of American historical or regional references like "American Pie" or "City Of new Orleans" get translated to in foreign versions. They got bewildered, maybe insulted, but they still got paid. Maybe even got foreign gigs as a result, who knows?