Sunday, October 22, 2006

The Dance Of Safety (Men Without Hats)


Language: French

Have yet to see a credible theory for what this song means. According to songmeanings.net, it is either about nuclear disarmament or slam dancing. Not many things in this universe could plausibly be about both of those at once. The abovelinked discussion is surprisingly contentious.

The new lyrics alternate between sections which are remarkable either for their fidelity to the original (" . . . 'cause they don't dance, and if they don't dance, well, they aren't friends with me.") or a Victorian primness that appears out of nowhere ("O fortuitous dance of safety, taking everyone!"). This may be a side effect of having done this through French, which has not otherwise been a common Babelpopping language.1

-Jessi

1No particular reason. Italian isn't getting much work either.
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Ssss-aaaa-ffff-eeee-tttt-yyyy
Safety-dance!

We can dance, if we want, with
your friends. We can leave behind
your friends, 'cause they don't dance, and if they don't dance,
well, they aren't friends with me.
I say, we can go where we want,
(a place where they'll never find us?)
and we can act like we come from out of this world.
Leave the truth far behind, and we can dance.

We can dance, if we want, with
your friends. We can leave behind your friends
'cause they don't dance, and if they don't dance,
well, they aren't friends with me.
We can go where I want us,
a place they'll never find,
and we can act like we come from out of this world,
and we can dance far behind truth.

Fran├žois!

We can go when we want.
The night is young, so I am.
We can equip our feet with our truly-ordered hats,
and astonish the supporting end with a cry of victory.

I say we can act if we want; if not, nobody will.
True, you can act coarse and completely removed,
and I can act like an imbecile.
I say that we can dance, we can dance all out of order.

We can dance! We can dance! We did it, we can dance wall to wall!
We can dance! Everyone, glance with your hands!
We can dance, we can dance! O fortuitous dance of safety, taking everyone!
Yes, spout out the well of safety dancing! The dance of safety!

Ssss-aaaa-ffff-eeee-tttt-yyyy
Safety-dance!

We can dance if we want, with all the life and mines that we have.
We'll maltreat time, never going to lose it (as long as it's not
well-established). Everything will be up to me.
Say, we can dance if we want. Leave your friends behind,
'cause your friends do not dance, and if they do not dance,
well, they are aren't friends with me anymore.
I say that we can dance, we can all dance out of order:
wall to wall we dance. We can dance,
we can dance, we can make it dance. Everyone, glance with your hands!
We can dance, we can dance, yes, everyone's taking the well
of safety! Oh, the chance of – ah, the dance of –
Oh, the dance of the well of safety!
Oh, the dance of the well of safety!
Oh, yes, the dance of safety!
Oh, the dance of safety!
Oh, yes, the dance of safety!
That's it: the dance of safety!
It's the well of dance,
of safety: it is the dance.
Oh, it is the dance of safety!
Oh, it is the dance of safety!
Oh, it is the dance of safety!
Oh!

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