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Thread #37073   Message #518502
Posted By: M.Ted
31-Jul-01 - 02:36 PM
Thread Name: Translations mutilating songs
Subject: RE: Translations mutilating songs
A song translator is just looking for a hit--they try to say something that will mean something to their potential audience, whether it says what the original song did, is unimportant--

One of my favorite songs is the Charles Trenet song, Que Reste Til, which is a meditation on what still remains of the loves of younger days, the English "I Wish You Love", is a completely different song, of the "let's break up on a positive note" genre--The English song is good, but the French version is great(for film buffs, particularly you, Fielding, this is the song at the beginning of Truffaut's "Baisers VolÚs"(Stolen Kisses), which is a line from the song)--