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Disrespectful To Dirt: French Lyrics Special

Alan Connor's Music Endeavour asks little of you. This is it.

19 March 2003

Why the French?
Why did the Capitol decide to spend taxpayers' money on censoring positive associations with the word "French"? Did they try and think of a similar stunt involving other resolution-sceptics like the Germans, the Chinese and the Russians, but fail to come up with anything as popular as chips to bowdlerise? Come on, try harder. Freedom Algebra? Freedom Roulette. Come on.

In the meantime, this week's music quiz is a return of the much-loved Auto-Translated Lyrics Challenge, to show our xenophobic buddies how easy it is to excise memory of the Gaul altogether. Original song title and artist of the following translations, please to disrespectfultodirt@themusicthing.co.uk.

  1. Do you want to sleep with me? Do you want to sleep with me? This evening?
  2. I love you, I love you / Oh yes, I love you! / Me either / Oh my love, the physical love is without exit.
  3. Not, nothing of nothing. Not, I do not regret anything.
  4. Under no pretext, I want in front of you to over-expose my eyes / Behind a kleenex I would know better How to say you good-bye / How to say you good-bye.
  5. Go ahead Joe! / Go ahead, sinks in the night / Towards the Amazon / Joe the taxi.

Do these lose anything, you think? Better, surely than the Capitol's suggestion that all francophone songs simply have their lyrics replaced with "Freedom freedom freedom / Freedom freedom".

Not banning the Dixie Chicks: http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/shows/6931

More Translation Quizzing is here and here

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