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Killer songs that transcended mere language barriers..

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Kowalski, May 4, 2021.

  1. WolfSpear

    WolfSpear Music Enthusiast

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  2. nocturnal-transmissions

    nocturnal-transmissions Forum Resident

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    Allons A Grand Coteau — Clifton Chenier (1976)

     
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  3. c-eling

    c-eling Fruit Juice Everywhere

    Moby/Eva Amaral-Slipping Away (Escapar), 2006
     
  4. fictionalsounds

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    the german version sounded much more interesting and confident, where the english translation sounded like.... a translation.
     
  5. c-eling

    c-eling Fruit Juice Everywhere

    Marsheaux-Ola Gurizoun (Carter/Newby) 2004
     
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  6. Keam

    Keam Birds of a feather together flow

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    La Vache Que Pleure - Kate & Anna McGarrigle

    Wonderful, slightly left-field french canadian folk album from 2003. Here's the music video for one of the songs Petit Annonce Amoureuse .

     
  7. c-eling

    c-eling Fruit Juice Everywhere

    And One-Traumfrau, 2006
     
  8. nocturnal-transmissions

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    “Mbube” — Solomon Linda's Original Evening Birds (1939)

    The Zulu-language original that would evolve into The Weavers' "Wimoweh" (1952) and The Tokens' "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" (1961). Watch The Lion's Share [trailer] on Netflix for the full story.

     
  9. nocturnal-transmissions

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    "Petit Annonce Amoureuse" is one of my very favorites from Kate and Anna.
     
  10. Keam

    Keam Birds of a feather together flow

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    It's a 100% amazing song. That album is such a ride.
     
  11. nocturnal-transmissions

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    I happened to post the song recently on a favorite French-language song thread, so I have the translated lyrics queued up. They're hilarious and charming:

    A Little Love Announcement

    Je cherche une homme qui a cinq pieds trois
    Moi je n'suis pas fille du Roi Ou bien ca va
    Ou ca va pas
    S'il vous plait repondez-moi

    I'm looking for a man who is five foot three
    I'm not the King's daughter, how well it's going
    Or it's not going
    Please answer me


    Qui annonce recoit reponse
    Qui demande a recompense

    Who announces receives response
    Who asks for a reward


    Mais je n'ai que cinq pieds deux
    Pourtant je ne suis pas boiteux
    C'est tu trop
    C'est tu trop peu
    Repondez pour l'amour de Dieu

    But I'm only five foot two
    Yet I'm not lame
    It's you too
    It's you too little
    Answer, for the love of God


    J'en ai assez d'etre seul chez-moi
    C a creve le coeur et puis le foie
    J'eloigne les chiens
    J'effraie les chats
    J'fais peur aux petits enfants

    I'm tired of being alone at home
    It bursts the heart and then the liver
    I drive the dogs away
    I scare cats
    I scare little children


    Je ne fume que du bon tabac
    J'aime les souris, j'hais les rats
    A deux ou trois
    Ou quatre pattes
    Vilains ou bien aristocrates

    I only smoke good tobacco
    I love mice, I hate rats
    Two or three
    Or four legs
    Villains or aristocrats


    Cinq deux, cinq trois
    Oeil de verre, jambe de bois
    Militaire
    Debonnaire
    Mais surtout du savoir faire

    Five two, five three
    Glass eye, wooden leg
    Military
    Debonnaire
    But above all, know-how
     
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  12. Slack Babbath

    Slack Babbath Hit The North...

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    Miriam Makeba - Pata Pata

     
  13. nocturnal-transmissions

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    “Baiser Canon” — Vive la Fête (2009)

    Glam synth-pop/rock, full of hooks, from the Belgian music duo Vive la Fête (singing in French).


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  14. Keam

    Keam Birds of a feather together flow

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    Nice! I out up "Entre La Jeunesse et la sagesse" in that thread :righton:

    Oh WOW thank you for the translation that's amazing. I've never had access to a translation that wasn't literal. This makes me love the song even more!!! :love::hugs:
     
  15. nocturnal-transmissions

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    Jaan Pehchan Ho — Mohammed Rafi (1965)

    From the 1965 movie Gumnaam, 2001’s Ghost World, and then again in a 2011 Heineken beer TV ad.

     
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  16. nocturnal-transmissions

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    “O Sole Mio” — Enrico Caruso (1916)

     
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  17. Love this song despite its unfortunate title.
     
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  18. nocturnal-transmissions

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    “Ja Funmi” — King Sunny Adé & His African Beats (1982)

     
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  19. HitAndRun

    HitAndRun Forum Resident

    I wouldn't be able to think of what is my favourite non-English song is. But the other day this song played on random order from a playlist of mine and I enjoyed it greatly.

    'Fasl' by Kabul Dreams, from Afghanistan.



    If this is in Dari (language), then it's possible that I might be able to understand it later in the year as I have booked myself onto a Farsi language course.
     
  20. Liam Brown

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    chico buarque - deus lhe pague
     
  21. nocturnal-transmissions

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    “鄧麗君高山青 (Girl Of Ah Li Shan)” — Teresa Teng (1971)

    Not your typical Chinese pop, but a traditional Taiwanese folk song given a '60s-style pop/rock arrangement, and it's really good.

     
  22. tumbleweed

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    Certainly not me. I even had the album!

     
  23. Keam

    Keam Birds of a feather together flow

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    Children's Songs of Spain - Karen James & Isabelita Alonso

    A lesser known album from Folkways. It's educational, ment to teach Spanish to American Youth. The singers are Canadian Folk Musician Karen James and her mother, Spanish born folk musician Isabelita Alonso. Just a lovely mother-daughter duo having some fun.

     
  24. healter skealter

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    Da Da Da, Trio
     
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