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Scabrous Birdseed
23-05-2008, 08:41:11
These are the first lines of some very, very well-known songs that I've run through loads of random iterations of Google Translate (http://translate.google.com/), inevitably involving Dutch at some point. Can you guess what they actually are?

1. Once At the same time, and even critical.
You throw a handful of ten years and condolence, is not it?
Correct answer: Bob Dylan - Like a Rolling Stone

2. My son will not tinker
He loves me, because
I think
Correct answer: Outkast - Hey Ya

3. This is absolutely essential
2 - Display
3 clear
Now is the time to the Committee against feeding
Correct answer: Carl Perkins - Blue Suede Shoes

4. Life is much easier
Long live freedom.
Request for travel
Correct answer: AC/DC - Highway to Hell

5. Every child, a baby
You want to know
In fact, this is what it is a bad
Correct answer: Britney Spears - Baby One More Time

6. It is not necessary to know the young people.
I do not mean young people can choose their own factories.
Correct answer: Village People - YMCA

7. If you have any questions, please come to my mother.
Following the incident, in his speech.
Correct answer: The Beatles - Let It Be

Funko
23-05-2008, 08:52:14
This is hard.

C.G.B. Spender
23-05-2008, 08:57:44
Define very very well-known songs

Scabrous Birdseed
23-05-2008, 09:25:10
Oh you know, mega-hits. The occasional rock classic. Radio staples.

C.G.B. Spender
23-05-2008, 10:05:01
3 reminds me of "Blue Suede Shows" somehow ...

Scabrous Birdseed
23-05-2008, 10:09:19
That's correct. "Committee against feeding" would be a great album title.

Funko
23-05-2008, 10:17:51
wow. I assume that's the opening verse? Only thing even remotely similar is the numbers. Where did committee come from?

Tizzy
23-05-2008, 10:18:44
4 is bugging me. I have a feeling I should know it but can't quite figure it out

C.G.B. Spender
23-05-2008, 10:50:53
Originally posted by Funko
wow. I assume that's the opening verse? Only thing even remotely similar is the numbers. Where did committee come from?
2 for the show [on display]
3 to get ready [clear(ed for takeoff)]

Funko
23-05-2008, 11:00:05
Originally posted by Funko
Where did committee come from?

Scabrous Birdseed
23-05-2008, 12:36:17
No idea. Don't get hung up on all the words, some are totally plain wrong. See if you can retro-translate individual snippets and try to make them fit songs you know.

Immortal Wombat
23-05-2008, 17:14:48
5. Looks like "hit me baby one more time"

Scabrous Birdseed
23-05-2008, 17:50:27
That one is correct too.

*End Is Forever*
25-05-2008, 22:43:11
Is #7 Bohemian Rhapsody?

Scabrous Birdseed
26-05-2008, 11:14:44
Nope, though good guess. In the song the action in the first line is actually reversed, it took me like thirty translations to get it to not say it that way.

Clues for the rest:

"ten years": actually a currency unit
"son": actually his girlfriend
"live", "life": both in the wrong tense
"it isn't necessary": pretty much a straight synonym for the correct beginning of the second half of the first line

MoSe
26-05-2008, 11:47:15
Originally posted by Scabrous Birdseed
In the song the action in the first line is actually reversed, it took me like thirty translations to get it to not say it that way.


and after all that effort you give it away after a few posts????

:lol:

C.G.B. Spender
26-05-2008, 12:09:56
It would help if you give a hint on the genre

Scabrous Birdseed
26-05-2008, 12:17:54
1. Rock for old, nostalgic white men
2. Crossover music for people who wish black people were white
4. hard rock, as Greg would say, not metal
6. French-produced novelty cash-in
7. Self-written band pop nominally by famous team

C.G.B. Spender
26-05-2008, 12:37:35
So 4 is "Free Bird"?

Scabrous Birdseed
26-05-2008, 12:43:00
Sorry.

C.G.B. Spender
26-05-2008, 12:45:00
7. Could be "Let it Be"

C.G.B. Spender
26-05-2008, 12:45:25
Originally posted by Scabrous Birdseed
Sorry. So I'm right?

Scabrous Birdseed
26-05-2008, 12:59:05
Unfortunately not.

7 is "Let it be" though.

C.G.B. Spender
26-05-2008, 13:10:01
Ah, 4 is "Highway to Hell"

Greg W
26-05-2008, 14:36:57
Ah, of course. Wish I had checked this thread when he posted the "hard rock and not metal" clue, I would have gotten it. :lol:

Greg W
26-05-2008, 14:43:21
Hmm, is number 2 Billy Jean by Jacko?

Scabrous Birdseed
26-05-2008, 16:35:58
No, but 4 IS Highway to Hell.

Tizzy
27-05-2008, 08:27:55
See, I knew I should know it!

I still can't work out any others :(

C.G.B. Spender
27-05-2008, 08:32:00
Now I got it, #1 is

Once upon a time you dressed so fine
You threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn't you?

C.G.B. Spender
27-05-2008, 08:33:11
Finally. That's the one I had the feeling to know - even more after SB's genre desription ...

Mr. Bas
27-05-2008, 08:34:03
That must be correct.

C.G.B. Spender
27-05-2008, 08:35:10
Hey, what's wrong being a old, nostalgic white man!

Mr. Bas
27-05-2008, 08:40:52
Nothing. I mean, what's wrong with wishing that black people were white?

C.G.B. Spender
27-05-2008, 08:48:08
I wish they all could be california girls!

Mr. Bas
27-05-2008, 08:50:25
Beach Boys for #2!

Damn, it isn't.

Scabrous Birdseed
27-05-2008, 08:52:43
Correct on #1!

Greg W
27-05-2008, 13:28:29
Hmm, was going to suggest that #6 was Another Brick i the Wall by Floyd, but it doesn't match the hint that you gave...

C.G.B. Spender
27-05-2008, 13:34:42
Well, Bob Ezrin is canadian, isn't he?

Scabrous Birdseed
27-05-2008, 14:02:47
More clues:

#2: the last line says pretty much the opposite of what the line originally read

#6: There was only one young person in the original song

Funko
27-05-2008, 14:11:18
#6 YMCA?

Scabrous Birdseed
27-05-2008, 14:18:54
Yes. One left to go, the one I thought would be easiest by far because it's actually fairly close to the original, meaning-wise.

Asher
27-05-2008, 15:03:43
#2: Cats in the Cradle?

Scabrous Birdseed
28-05-2008, 07:32:41
No, sorry.

Scabrous Birdseed
28-05-2008, 07:45:49
It's the most recent track of the lot, actually. Will Young did a cover of it.

Immortal Wombat
28-05-2008, 11:50:57
Is there anything that Will Young hasn't done a cover of?

Funko
28-05-2008, 12:19:00
Ah got it. Hey Ya by Outkast.

C.G.B. Spender
28-05-2008, 12:21:37
That's a "very, very well-known" song?

Funko
28-05-2008, 12:25:00
Yes.

C.G.B. Spender
28-05-2008, 12:25:56
Bah

Immortal Wombat
28-05-2008, 13:01:02
Bah. The lyrics were pretty obvious, but I didn't know the song either.

C.G.B. Spender
28-05-2008, 13:11:13
Funko sucks

Mr. Bas
28-05-2008, 14:46:40
You guys don't know Hey Ya? Have you lived under a rock for the past five years?

Immortal Wombat
28-05-2008, 15:01:11
I've been trying

MoSe
28-05-2008, 15:15:54
me ttoo

Originally posted by Mr. Bas
You guys don't know Hey Ya?

I don't know Outkast

never heard the name, leave alone the music

MoSe
28-05-2008, 15:17:25
Originally posted by Mr. Bas
Have you lived under a rock

a Rock which doesn't Roll away

Greg W
28-05-2008, 15:28:08
So where's Kate Moss? :hmm:

Scabrous Birdseed
28-05-2008, 20:16:10
Oh. Well, it's certainly an unmissable song in my segment of the world, and I thought people would know the opening lines. *shrug*

Anyway, all done, time for someone else to do a bunch.

Funko
29-05-2008, 09:58:25
Ok. I consider these all very, very famous songs too.

1. Not to say its necessary small one, wire forgets in order to contain each
Correct Answer: Enter Sandman, Metallica

2. Goes out and the method
which is this comes the baby
baby silence goes here accuracy
was the thing was the family is knowing the thing and is that
Correct Answer: Baby One More Time, Britney Spears

3. In the appearance, for the navigation which they some we speaks by the personnel to the sea and its city is spent freely its life, in the submarine Earth
Correct Answer: Yellow Submarine, The Beatles

4. Which stays not never desirable, this introduced,
so that it with which sadness causes, which I never desirable,
this were not introduced, which not for it sees the pain only pointed me,
wildly only while seeing with your mark of laughing me you with the rain of laughing purpere
Correct Answer: Purple Rain, Prince

5. This original he has there there,
as from is he this imaginativeness?
The real flight which collapse is not
Correct Answer: Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen

Tizzy
29-05-2008, 10:03:12
1. Enter Sandman?

Tizzy
29-05-2008, 10:04:11
3. Yellow Submarine?

Funko
29-05-2008, 10:08:12
Yes and yes. I thought they might be too easy.

Tizzy
29-05-2008, 10:11:11
The others are definitely harder

C.G.B. Spender
29-05-2008, 10:25:28
4. is "rain of purpere"?

Tizzy
29-05-2008, 10:27:15
Or "Purple Rain"

C.G.B. Spender
29-05-2008, 10:29:03
That I said so much is exactly!

Funko
29-05-2008, 10:43:09
Both correct. I don't know what language purpere came from.

Tizzy
29-05-2008, 14:15:29
Can we have some clues for the other two?

Greg W
29-05-2008, 14:16:03
5 is Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen.

Greg W
29-05-2008, 14:22:19
I think. :D

Tizzy
29-05-2008, 14:31:20
Ooh, could be.

Funko
29-05-2008, 14:31:31
Correct.

I'll give some people more time to guess the last one before any clues I think. As they seem to be going quickly.

Greg W
29-05-2008, 15:07:03
2 is bugging me, cos I feel like I should know it. :(

Funko
29-05-2008, 15:17:43
Yep.

Tizzy
29-05-2008, 15:19:48
Me too :(

Funko
29-05-2008, 15:21:20
Recentish US pop song.

Tizzy
29-05-2008, 15:27:43
I've got what I'm pretty sure is a wrong answer stuck in my head and now I can't think of anything else :(

Greg W
29-05-2008, 15:30:57
Tell me about it. I actually had "All that she wants is another baby, she's gone tomorrow boy" stuck in my head for quite a while. :(

Funko
29-05-2008, 15:34:21
That's not correct.

Greg W
29-05-2008, 15:54:08
That much I figured. :D

Funko
29-05-2008, 16:11:43
I wouldn't rule any song out for whatever reason you might be ruling it out.

Greg W
29-05-2008, 16:14:35
What, does it have that little similarity to the original lyrics? :D

Tizzy
29-05-2008, 16:15:43
Ok, the one I'm pretty sure is wrong is "Hit Me Baby One More Time"

Funko
29-05-2008, 16:22:36
No, that's correct. :beer:

It was a cheeky choice to redo one he'd already done.

Funko
29-05-2008, 16:24:34
All done. Someone elses turn

Tizzy
29-05-2008, 16:25:14
Ha! :lol:

Should have gone with the first rule of Triv :D

Tizzy
29-05-2008, 16:32:12
I'll do some tomorrow.

Greg W
29-05-2008, 16:43:47
I was going to do one, but then realised that I wouldn't be able to reply for 8 hours (give or take). :D

Scabrous Birdseed
29-05-2008, 16:47:58
That's okay, do one anyway.

*End Is Forever*
29-05-2008, 17:38:15
This is fun, I'll have a bash:

1. It all activities of the messenger
This is every night
I think the devil helps
The right to the use of the raw material for
(Foo Fighters - Learn To Fly)

2. For me girls
You and I, so I do not know what I did

3. What I've heard of the music, and I am sure that all agreements and theft
Choir, just to keep pace and courage, and I think

4. Fast Adventure
Bold and the management of resources
If faith and his friends share stories

5. Faced with this, we will all my heart
Tanks do not want friendship
Usually, I do not want to think about

*End Is Forever*
29-05-2008, 17:45:39
Tried several songs which just refused to translate into anything vaguely unrecognisable... maybe I just don't have the patience to do it 100 times for each song... :P

Funko
30-05-2008, 09:09:06
I did mine about 5 to 10 languages, and they were a lot easier.

*End Is Forever*
30-05-2008, 09:36:51
Thought the first two of mine looked quite straightforward, evidently not...

Scabrous Birdseed
30-05-2008, 10:23:01
It's all going to be Emo wank isn't it?

Funko
30-05-2008, 10:42:14
:lol: I didn't post that.

Mr. Bas
30-05-2008, 11:31:42
Is #4 Fast Car by Tracy Chapman?

*End Is Forever*
30-05-2008, 11:37:02
Originally posted by Mr. Bas
Is #4 Fast Car by Tracy Chapman?

Nope, not even close. :)

Asher
30-05-2008, 11:37:04
Originally posted by *End Is Forever*
Thought the first two of mine looked quite straightforward, evidently not...
I'm going to go out on a limb here and predict one of these is a Jimmy Eat World song.

*End Is Forever*
30-05-2008, 11:37:35
Originally posted by Asher
I'm going to go out on a limb here and predict one of these is a Jimmy Eat World song.

Nope. All bar possibly #4 would be easily recognisable to most CG regulars.

*End Is Forever*
30-05-2008, 11:43:26
Okay, some clues:

1. American rock band single with associated comedy video
2. Sixties pop classic
3. Now sadly split-up rock band
4. Okay, so this is the theme tune to a children's TV programme. Sorry.
5. Mid-nineties British rock

C.G.B. Spender
30-05-2008, 12:02:45
Why aren't there ESC songs?

Mr. Bas
30-05-2008, 13:50:45
1 must be Learn to Fly by the Foo Fighters. No idea yet on any of the others.

*End Is Forever*
30-05-2008, 14:48:44
Correct Bas

*End Is Forever*
01-06-2008, 12:37:48
No more takers? Lame...

Scabrous Birdseed
01-06-2008, 12:42:37
You obviously made it too difficult. I've struggled with it for ages.

*End Is Forever*
01-06-2008, 17:03:42
Alright, I'll put you out of your misery then! :)

1. It all activities of the messenger
This is every night
I think the devil helps
The right to the use of the raw material for
(Foo Fighters - Learn To Fly - guessed correctly by Bas)

2. For me girls
You and I, so I do not know what I did
(The Kinks - You Really Got Me)

3. What I've heard of the music, and I am sure that all agreements and theft
Choir, just to keep pace and courage, and I think
(Sonic Undermind - Rock Cliche)

4. Fast Adventure
Bold and the management of resources
If faith and his friends share stories
(Okay so this is the theme tune from Gummi Bears...)

5. Faced with this, we will all my heart
Tanks do not want friendship
Usually, I do not want to think about
(Therapy? - Screamager)

Scabrous Birdseed
01-06-2008, 17:38:37
Ah, so no wonder I didn't get any then. I've barely heard the last three (well, okay, #4 I have but in Swedish). #2, on the other hand, should have been easy... in retrospect.

I could do another round unless someone else wants to go first.

Scabrous Birdseed
01-06-2008, 18:03:06
This time I've left wierd vestiges of foreign words in. Mainly because they're funny.

These are all significant straight pop hits, two each from the sixties, seventies and eighties.

1. Dirt, a foreign man
Maintain traffic
Night pipeline

2. Chinese, yes, honey, spray
His tree, I do.
It suitda
I love you, is not liable for non-compliance --

3. Beauty queen, drama, film
I do not know, but I hope
We dzhaula in this country.

4. New Orleans, the new Queen's Road Central, prosperity
Car between the city and the eastern part of the Committee Against Torture in a black limousine
e 'in the back of garments
Fire for the welfare of mankind, and goals

5.It is in the desert
Otherwise, I'm
But I do not know whether Miss eotteotgehaeya
Even discovered

6. First, it is a pity, I okameneniya
How do you all think about life
However, many evenings, I think it's a mistake
Where I come from the lessons and

*End Is Forever*
01-06-2008, 18:42:24
Originally posted by Scabrous Birdseed
Ah, so no wonder I didn't get any then. I've barely heard the last three (well, okay, #4 I have but in Swedish). #2, on the other hand, should have been easy... in retrospect.

I could do another round unless someone else wants to go first.

I thought #2 was the most straightforward one. Would have thought #3 and #5 were well-known songs to most people reading the thread. I didn't expect anyone to get #4.

Greg W
02-06-2008, 01:15:56
Originally posted by *End Is Forever*
Alright, I'll put you out of your misery then! :)) [/B]Sorry, but 3, 4 and 5 were just way too hard. For me anyway. #2 seems obvious now, I think it was the 60s thing that threw me. I didn't realise that song was that old.

Funko
02-06-2008, 07:49:03
I'd never have got #3. :lol: (but then I was thinking they'd be famously famous songs...)

#2 was killing me, I knew I should know that. Never mind.

Immortal Wombat
02-06-2008, 11:31:52
Is #4 House of the Rising Sun? It looks totally different, but it has New Orleans in the first line.

C.G.B. Spender
02-06-2008, 12:17:12
Sounds more like "City of New Orleans"

Scabrous Birdseed
02-06-2008, 17:42:40
No, sorry, neither is correct. Apparently (now that I check it) the song did badly in the UK and Germany, which is a bit of a bummer. It was #1 US though.