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Group Translation: I'm a lumberjack...

Posted by daizi February 15, 2008 in the Group General Discussion.

I always wanted to sing Monty Python's "The Lumberjack Song" in a Chinese  karaoke bar but I've never seen a Chinese translation. I thought it would make a great group translation excercise.


Okay, I'll start. Pardon the guesses and please correct the mistakes:


The Lumberjack Song


喔...我是一个砍伐者而我不错

Ō...Wǒ shì yīge kǎnfázhě ér wǒ búcuò

Oh...I'm a lumberjack and that's okay


我夜里睡觉而白天工作 

Wǒ yèli shuìjiào ér báitiān gōngzuò

I sleep all night and I work all day.


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CHORUS: 

他是一个砍伐者而他不错

Tā shì yīge kǎnfázhě ér tā búcuò

He's a lumberjack and he's okay


他夜里睡觉而白天工作 

Tā yèli shuìjiào ér báitiān gōngzuò

He sleeps all night and he works all day.

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I cut down trees, I eat my lunch,

I go to the lava-try.

On Wednesdays I go shoppin'

And have buttered scones for tea.


Mounties: He cuts down trees, he eats his lunch,

He goes to the lava-try.

On Wednesdays 'e goes shoppin'

And has buttered scones for tea.


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CHORUS

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I cut down trees, I skip and jump,

I like to press wild flowers.

I put on women's clothing,

And hang around in bars.


Mounties: He cuts down trees, he skips and jumps,

He likes to press wild flowers.

He puts on women's clothing

And hangs around.... In bars???????


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CHORUS

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I chop down trees, I wear high heels,

Suspendies and a bra.

I wish I'd been a girlie

Just like my dear papa.


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