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Old 02-06-2013, 03:46 PM   #1
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Language changes

What are your opinions on language changes within lyrics? Like, nothing crazy like English to Mandarin or Afrikaans but from English to French/Spanish?

Personally I think it sounds cool and has a cool effect if done right.

Examples of this are mostly from Arcade Fire and the Pixies

Haiti - Arcade Fire

Crackity Jones - The Pixies
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:56 PM   #2
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:37 PM   #3
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I love when it throws the foreign words in.. like in Five Finger Death Punch's song Under and Over It's 2nd verse finishes with "C'est la vie!.. Adis!.. Good Riddance!.. **** YOU" and it's really good to shout along to xD... also, sum 41 did their song "Ma Poubelle" fully in french, which has an amazing touch.. i love songs in french/spanish;o or italian is good;p
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:50 PM   #4
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It can work quite well

Orphaned Land combines several languages with English, I think mostly Hebrew and Arabic and it's pretty cool.
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Old 02-10-2013, 04:38 PM   #5
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I think about writing lyrics in Greek for my songs....
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Old 02-15-2013, 12:33 AM   #6
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greek is cool
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Old 02-17-2013, 05:54 PM   #7
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It's called Macaronic language. I would avoid it if you're intentions are to write something serious. If you do want to use it in a serious work, then use a word or phrase that doesn't exist in English, or where the appropriate translation is long-winded.

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Old 03-03-2013, 10:14 PM   #8
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I think my personal favorite example is the French hook from "Lady Marmalade."
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