Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Song lyric Some Days: Study Abroad Edition- Mariah Translates

So, I still need to give you a deeper look at my new job and my new family... but today I'm feeling lazy.

And how very, very applicable that is to the theme I have chosen instead.  You see, a coworker drove me home from work today, and he put in a CD that included "The Lazy Song" by Bruno Mars.  Since it was one of the first songs in English I'd heard in a long time (my other host parents weren't so hip and with it), I started musing about what it would be like if I were asked to translate.  Tonight, after dinner, surprise, surprise, my host sister put on the song and asked me what it meant- I only translated the chorus, but here is an imagined version- translated as best as I would be able to on the spot and without a dictionary (I promise, I used nothing, which is why it is sometimes terrible) and back-translated literally for maximum comedic effect for those who don't speak Spanish.  (Mariah translates- because google translate is so five minutes ago.)

"The Lazy Song"- Original Lyrics

Today I don't feel like doing anything
I just wanna lay in my bed
Don't feel like picking up my phone
So leave a message at the tone
'Cause today I swear I'm not doing anything.

I'm gonna kick my feet up
Then stare at the fan
Turn the TV on, throw my hand in my pants
Nobody's gonna tell me I can't

I'll be lounging on the couch,
Just chillin' in my snuggie
Click to MTV, so they can teach me how to dougie
'Cause in my castle I'm the freaking man

Oh, yes I said it
I said it
I said it 'cause I can

I said it.
I said it.
I said it because I can.


Tomorrow I'll wake up, do some P90X
Meet a really nice girl, have some really nice sex
And she's gonna scream out: 'This is Great' (Oh my God, this is great!)

I might mess around, and get my college degree
I bet my old man will be so proud of me
But sorry pops, you'll just have to wait


No, I ain't gonna comb my hair
'Cause I ain't going anywhere
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no
I'll just strut in my birthday suit
And let everything hang loose
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah


Hoy no quiero hacer nada.
Solo quiero descansar en mi cama.
No quiero contestar mi telefono.
Entonces puedes dejar un mensaje.
Hoy te prometo que no voy a hacer nada.

Voy a poner mis pies arriba.
Y mirar la cosa- no se como se dice- que se usa para hacer viento cuando hace calor?
Prender la tele, y- poner mi mano en mis pantalones...?
Nadie puede decirme que no puedo.

Voy a descansar en la sofa
En mi snuggie- ustedes saben que es un snuggie?
Voy a mirar MTV para que ellos puedan enseñarme como bailar el "dougie"
Porque en mi castillo soy el hombre más importante

Yo lo dije
lo dije
Lo dije porque puedo

Mañana voy a despertarme, hacer ejercicios P90X
Conocer una chica muy simpatica, y tener relaciones sexuales buenas...?
Y ella va a gritar: "Esto es lo mejor!"
... siento incomoda...

Tal vez voy a terminar la universidad
Creo que esto haría mi papi sentir muy orgulloso
Pero lo siento, papa, simplemente tienes que esperar

No voy a cepillar mi pelo
Porque no voy a irme a nigun lugar
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no
Solo voy a andar desnudo puedo traducir esto
Si, si, si, si, si, si, si, si, si, si


Today I do not want to do anything.
I only want to rest in my bed.
I do not want to answer my telephone.
So you can leave a message.
Today I promise you that I will not do anything.

I am going to put my feet up.
And watch the thing- I don't know how to say it- that they use to make wind when it is hot?
Turn on the TV, and... put my hand in my (multiple pairs of) pants?
No one can tell me that I cannot.

I will rest on the couch
In my snuggie- do you guys know what a snuggie is?
I am going to watch MTV in order that they can teach me how to dance the dougie.
Because in my castle I am the most important man.

I said it.
I said it.
I said it because I can.

Tomorrow I am going to wake up, do exercises P90X
Meet a very nice girl and have good sexual relations...?
And she is going to shout: "This is the best!"
... I feel uncomfortable...

Maybe I will finish the university
I think this would make my papi feel very proud
But sorry, papa, simply you have to wait

I am not going to comb my hair
Because I am not going to go to any place
No, etc
I am only going to walk around naked
...I can't translate that...

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