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Thread #151871   Message #3549315
Posted By: bubblyrat
15-Aug-13 - 08:05 AM
Thread Name: French songs in English translation
Subject: RE: French songs in English translation
Brother Jack ! Brother Jack !

Sleep well ,

Ring the bell ,

   And have a ding-dong !

Seriously though , I don't think that any foreign song sounds quite the same when translated ; for example , I accompanied a Breton lady at Bampton a few years ago when she sang that song about knights lying on the floor under the wine-barrels and opening their mouths to drink .It just wouldn't sound the same without the "Non!Non!Non! Oui! Oui !Oui ! " chorus , now would it Mike ? I translated "Knees Up Mother Brown" into Dutch and it is dreadful . So there !