May 052021

Until somebody far cleverer than me takes the time to post something meaningful and thought-provoking, I intend to continue clogging the RTH pipes with meaningless drivel and pointless fun and games — like this post, in which I’ve taken the liberty of running some easily identifiable lyrical snippets through online translators thusly:

English > Afrikaans > Albanian > Amharic > Basque > English

Your job is simple:  deduce what the original lyric actually says.  Here we go:

  1. Motorhead: If you want to bet, I’ll tell you I’m your husband – they win, they lose, it’s the same for me
  2. Beatles: Keep your head up, relax and swim
  3. Girl, you found me. You found me so I don’t know what to do
  4. There is a back seat now, my lover is always covered and I will talk until my dad speaks
  5. Elvis Costello: Oh girl, it’s fun to watch after so much, and I realize you weren’t surprised by how you look
  6. He’s like me, he’s like me and we’re all together
  7. ZZ Top: Get up, go down, take the word, my way, I don’t ask for much
  8. Prince: If you want to kiss me and your photo, browse
  9. Dylan: How many steps does it take for someone to call?
  10. I get up and nothing falls on me. If you have any difficulties, I have seen the most difficult ones in the area

I look forward to your responses.



  9 Responses to “Lost In Translation”

  1. 10. is Van Halen’s “Jump”

    Also, here is great article about a band consisting of some truly despicable individuals.

  2. 6. I am the Walrus?

  3. 4. is Walk this Way

  4. A few of these make me feel like I’ve got a concussion–I know what they are, I do…but I just can’t quite get them.

    3) “You Really Got Me.”

  5. hrrundivbakshi

    Oats, Correct! (Great article, too). cdm, Correct and Correct! Scott (too), Correct!

  6. hrrundivbakshi

    Post revised to include a few clues for those who only speak the Queen’s English.

  7. Clues seemed helpful. #2 is “Tomorrow Never Knows.”

  8. Those hints might have been too good. I think I got them all now.

  9. hrrundivbakshi

    cdm: yeah, I was afraid of that. Oh, well. BTW, I chuckle every time I read the multi-translated version of the opening couplet to “Jump.”

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