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Lyrics in other Languages

The musician Voltaire has a song mocking the current craze of German lyrics. We don't understand them, but we still mouth the incomprehensible words while thrashing about on the dance floor -- even if they're singing about how they're going to bugger us if we dance to their music. Ein! Zwei! Drei! Vier! Arbeit macht frei beer! It's pretty damned funny.

Neuroticfish's lyrics are in English. I wish they weren't.

I step into a room
With mirrors of disguise
My teeth begin to flicker
My fingers become eyes

At least if they were in German, I would be blissfully ignorant of how damned stupid they are. As it stands, the music is great but it's embarrassing to listen to.
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  • Current Music: Neuroticfish - Breakdown
You see! That's so cool and manly. The Germans might laugh at me, but hey, they're part of "old Europe". Who cares about them, eh?

(pdx42 knows I'm kidding, but if you don't know me, you might not know that, so I would just like to make it perfectly clear: I have the deepest respect for Germans. Give 'em an inch and they'll take France. (et je voudrais dire que j'aime les français aussi (and I have no idea if that's grammatically correct (and I use too many parentheses)))).
Go back to Das Ich, then, I guess.

Interestingly, Funkervogt and (especially) Beborn Beton manage to do quite well in English. Project Pitchfork suffers from an unfortunate problem like Neuroticfish's.

for instance:
you need a timekiller
and you don't understand
I am like quicksand
lick it from my hand
In the Garden of Ida
We should have a contest for the dumbest song lyrics of all time, but Neuroticfish might have an unfair advantage.

On the other hand, Iron Butterfly's "Innagoddadavida" might win by sneaking in through the back door. I listened to an interview with one of the band members and he claimed that the lead singer was so messed up on drugs while recording the song that he couldn't sing "In the Garden of Eden".
Re: In the Garden of Ida
The singer has confirmed that. It's all true. Funny as hell.
Work makes you free Beer!
hehehehehe.. Nutty Deutschemen.

That reminds me of a German beer drinking song I learned:

Mein Hut der hat drei Ecken
Drei Ecken hat mein Hut
Und hat es nicht drei Ecken
Dann es ist nicht mein Hut!

Which translates to

My hat has 3 corners
Three corners has my hat
And if it doesn't have 3 corners
Then it is not my hat!

Clearly, they are a people who are at their best steamrolling Europe.
Re: Work makes you free Beer!
Every once in a while, I wonder if the Germans just force levity lest we suspect ...
pah.
At least neuroticfish (whose music has always rated well on my "meh" scale) uses real english words, unlike Tom Waits' attempt at German. The album, Alice is excellent, by the way.

My current growling German obsession is e nomine. Despite being perfect writhing music, I cannot get them played at my club cause they're not known :|
Re: pah.
Heh :) Fortunately I'm friends with a lot of the local DJs, so if I hand 'em a CD, there's a good chance they'll play it. At the clubs I hang out at, they're constantly playing music no one has ever heard of before.
Of course, Voltaire has also published an album having song lyrics in at least three different languages. (English, Spanish, and Hebrew. Possibly also a smattering of Latin.) Boo Who.

IIRC on all of that, of course.
Some Rammstein to illuminate the point.
Everyone is waiting for the light
be afraid, don't be afraid
the sun is shining out of my eyes
it will not set tonight
and the world counts loudly to ten

One
Here comes the sun
Two
Here comes the sun
Three
It is the lightest star of all
Four
Here comes the sun


LOL! Yeah I like Neuroticfish, but yeah the lyrics are pretty dumb.