marcel barang

Poetry, machine-mangled

In English, Reading matters on 13/04/2011 at 3:54 pm

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In the spirit of Songkran, that silly, murderous collective time, here is what that same microsofttranslator.com site makes of that same Brassens song when asked to turn it into English Googledygook. Good grief, Charlie Chan!

Die for ideas – Georges Brassens – 1972

Die for ideas, the idea is excellent
Me I nearly die from not having not got it
Because all those who had overwhelming multitude
Screaming death me fell top
They were able to convince me and my defiant muse
Abjurant mistakes, agrees with their faith
With a hint of reserve however:
Die for ideas, agree, but slow death
Agreement, but slow death

Finding that there is no risk in the home
We are going to the other world while strolling along the way
Because, to force the pace, that we die
For ideas with more course the next day
However, if it is a bitter, distressing thing
By making the soul to God it’s nice to see
Was false route, that it is wrong idea
Die for ideas, agree, but slow death
Agreement, but slow death

Saint – Jean Or mouth who preach martyrdom
The more often, indeed, dwelling below
Die for ideas, this is the case to say
In almost all of the camps we see which supersede
Soon Methuselah in longevity
I must say, in whisper
“Die for ideas, agree, but slow death”
“Agreement, but slow death.”

Ideas claiming the famous sacrifice
The sects of all kinds offer sequelae
And the question to the novice victims
Die for ideas, it is well and good but which?
And as all are between them similar
When he sees them coming, with their large flag
The wise, hesitating, revolves around the Tomb
Die for ideas, agree, but slow death
Agreement, but slow death

Still be sufficient for a few kills
So finally all changeât, and finally everything is arrangeât!
Since so many great evenings that both heads fall
Paradise on earth it would be there already
But the golden age is ever given to the Calends
The gods were always thirst, are never enough
And it is death, death always recommencée…
Die for ideas, agree, but slow death
Agreement, but slow death

O you, shotfirers, o you the good apostles
Thus die the first, we give you the step
But thanks, morbleu! let live others
Life is almost their only luxury below
Because, finally, the Camarde is quite vigilant
It did not need him takes the scythe
More macabre dance around the scaffolding!
Die for ideas, agree, but slow death
Agreement, but slow death

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