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Thread #37073   Message #515849
Posted By: MMario
27-Jul-01 - 09:33 AM
Thread Name: Translations mutilating songs
Subject: RE: Translations mutilating songs
I am hopelessly uni-lingual; so it isn't much of a problem for me, as (mostly) I have no idea what the original lyrics mean.

But occassionally I do run across prose translations of songs originally in other languages and mourn what has been lost in the translation. Many times the "translation" as sung has little or nothing to do with the original "story" of the song - or so little it should be classed as a different song.

This does indeed seem to be a pity - blessed are they with more then one language - who can enjoy song in more then their birth tongue.