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echolalia
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Re: "Jackie"

Postby echolalia » 08 Oct 2018, 00:59

Scott Walker’s covers of Brel are the best. They’re better than Bowie’s of course but they don’t quite reach the fantasticosity of the originals. It’s to do with the translation of the lyrics, and how the translation inevitably sanitizes the original. For instance Brel’s Mathilde is “a dog who’s followed us back from town”, which is missing from the Scott version.