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Re: translation of SHIRUT ATZMI ("self-service")



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Posted by Ofir Zwebner on January 15, 1999 at 21:35:26:

In Reply to: translation of SHIRUT ATZMI ("self-service") posted by Bill Meisel on January 15, 1999 at 11:00:46:

Hi,

In "Self Service" Sanderson describes a person who has built himself up in order to comply with whatever was expected of him. Written in first tense, going roughly through childhood, learning to communicate, building of a character, learning to adjust - are all looked at as a set of technical actions and decisions. Hence the final conclusion regarding death, in which "the factory is soon to close".

It's a typical Sandersong in which words are forced into sentences without any logical/lyrical reason apart to satisfy ... nothing in particular... rhyming or tempo I suspect, but even then I think anybody could have done better than that.

The only pun I can see is a small one, which Sanderson built a whole verse about. In Hebrew, the term "without delay" (ie without further consideration) is said in a same way as "without taxes" (although the spelling is not the same). Sanderson built up a whole verse about meeting his wife in a custom office in order to say he married her "without taxes". Duh!

Here's an ugly translation of the song to English: (spare your life and skip it. The original isn't too bright either)

Self Service
------------

When I was born long ago and I was really small
- It happens, it's natural, it's quite common
I spent several years in my parent's nest
but that was doing some testing period

Through the help of hearing, I developed a language
which helped me in the field of communication
And occasionally came up with combination of words
in the hope of making things clear

It's not that I'm upset
I don't mean to complain
I'm just telling you this
'cos I don't want to seem boring...

Upon going to Kindergarten I grew a moustache,
And the other kids rightfully suspected me.
Society could not bear another such mistake
so I started studying fashion.

It's not that I'm upset
I don't mean to complain
I'm just telling you this
'cos I don't want to seem boring...

So I picked up responses and some facial gestures
and built myself an image and a bit of a character
and filled up the void so I won't go remote
of the rest of the country.

And in one bright morning, she went to declare
and stood alone in the custom office.
And then, in a minute, she gave me her hand
and I married her without taxes

And today as the hours end up and get shortened
And they say that my wife's getting older,
but according to the mirror which amazingly resembles me
the factory's soon to shut down.

It's not that I'm upset
I don't mean to complain
I'm just telling you this
'cos I don't want to seem boring...

I pass my days
Just as I'm expected
I make some fuss sometimes
But it's never exaggerated


Hope you 'enjoyed' this...

Ofir


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