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    Help to transcribe the lyrics of some songs, please!

    Very nice song "Lady Smith" by the very mysterious band Shuttah:

    My English is poor, but the song is curious... Please, help to correct. What I can only hear:

    Who's siegeing walls when the temple jobs(?)
    Big foot to win(?) when a marching starts,
    Spiders by night, flies by day
    Eat you alive
    See all the way to Lady Smith,
    To Lady Smith, to Lady Smith

    Boiled in sun 20 miles a day
    The column moves it's dust away
    But soon our way reeled (???)
    I marched each day
    Trap on the tick (?)
    Along the way to Lady Smith,
    To Lady Smith, to Lady Smith,
    The track we ride some horse before
    Close behind we matched to war
    Boy soldier where my trump? (triumph?)

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    The lyrics appear to be mostly nonsensical -- so I'm not sure how much it matters -- but this is what I hear:

    The Sergeant(?) roars when the tempo drops
    Good food to eat when the marching stops
    Spiders by night, flies by day
    Eat you alive
    But it's the only the way to Lady Smith,
    To Lady Smith, to Lady Smith

    Boiling sun 20 miles a day
    The column moves its dusty way
    But so and weary
    Our march each day
    Drop from fatigue
    Along the way to Lady Smith,
    To Lady Smith, to Lady Smith,
    The column(?) we ride some horse before
    Close behind we march to war
    Boy soldier where's my drum?

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    The Sergeant roars when the tempo drops
    Pig food to eat when the marching stops
    Spiders by night, flies by day
    Eat you alive
    But it's the only the way to Lady Smith,
    To Lady Smith, to Lady Smith

    Boiling sun 20 miles a day
    The column moves its dusty way
    But sore and weary
    Our march each day
    Drop from fatigue
    Along the way to Lady Smith,
    To Lady Smith, to Lady Smith,
    The Colonel he rides on horse before
    Close behind we march to war
    Boy soldier where's my drum?
    Not nonsensical at all; a straightforward account of marching to the Boer wars.

    Edit: maybe that's "Footsore and weary"?
    Last edited by Mister Triscuits; 2 Weeks Ago at 09:00 AM.

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    rcarlberg, Mister Triscuits - oh, great! Thank you so much for the help!!!

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    What a great melodic and spacy song "Night Vision" by Flash (with Ray Bennett & Colin Carter, 2013)

    The lyrics seems to be interesting, but impossible to find anywhere... Please, help to correct

    Dark shadows dancing on the wall
    Dark footsteps coming down the hall
    Dark music playing in the rain
    Dark thoughts are playing in my brain

    Atmosphere charge start with electrons
    Splash quivers of mightiness tied (?)
    Thunder tone is like a grammars of heights (??)
    Check my windows
    And run off my mind

    Night fever socket(?) on my sheets
    Light had it headed for the streams
    The ground is floating off my feet
    Light coming turning up the heat(?)
    Streets are deep with black waters in the midnight
    ... ...[?] so making leaves is their paz (?)
    Figures men like insects on the pavement
    Scurry paced ... marched to good luck(???)

    Tick tock door clock upon a mental (???)
    Third hand byrds a second to wait
    I can remember the evening of this moment
    I can remember what I wanted to save

    Dark shadows dancing on the wall
    Dark footsteps coming down the hall
    Dark music playing in the rain
    Dark thoughts are playing in my brain

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Triscuits View Post
    The Sergeant roars when the tempo drops
    Pig food to eat when the marching stops
    Spiders by night, flies by day
    Eat you alive
    But it's the only the way to Lady Smith,
    To Lady Smith, to Lady Smith

    Boiling sun 20 miles a day
    The column moves its dusty way
    But sore and weary
    Our march each day
    Drop from fatigue
    Along the way to Lady Smith,
    To Lady Smith, to Lady Smith,
    The Colonel he rides on a horse before
    Close behind we march to war
    Boy soldier where's my drum?
    One SMALL addition, then I think you got it!

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    After multiple listens I think I have it right except for a couple of words that I just can't make out.....

    Dark shadows dancing on the wall
    Dark footsteps coming down the hall
    Dark music playing in the rain
    Dark thoughts are playing in my brain

    Atmosphere charged up with electrons
    Splash riversof mightiness die(?)
    Thunder storm is like a gromage(?) of Hades
    Shake my windows
    And rattle my mind

    Night fever stalking(?) on my sheets
    Light had it headed for the streets
    The ground is floating off my feet
    Light coming turning up the heat
    Streets are deep with black waters in the midnight
    Cars move slow making waves as they pass
    Figures bend like insects on the pavement
    Scurry past, (hands are much too sly?)

    Tick tock the clock upon the mantle
    Third hand burns the seconds away
    I can't remember the meaningof this moment
    I can't remember what I wanted to say

    Dark shadows dancing on the wall
    Dark footsteps coming down the hall
    Dark music playing in the rain
    Dark thoughts are plaguing me again
    Last edited by Sturgeon's Lawyer; 2 Weeks Ago at 12:16 PM.
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    Here's a first (& second) attempt.
    Dark shadows dancing on the wall
    Dark footsteps coming down the hall
    Dark music playing in the rain
    Dark thoughts are playing in my brain

    Atmosphere charged up with electrons
    Splash rivers of mightiness die (?)
    Thunder storm is like the drummers of Hades
    Shake my windows
    And rattle my mind

    Night fever soakin' on my sheets
    Light-headed headed for the streets
    The ground is floating off my feet
    Night coming turning up the heat
    Streets are deep with black waters in the midnight
    Cars move slow makin' waves as they pass
    Biggest men like insects on the pavement
    Scurry past ... there's a watch to reply(?)

    Tick-tock the clock upon the mantle
    Third hand burns the seconds away(?)
    I can't remember the meaning of this moment
    I can't remember what I wanted to say

    Dark shadows dancing on the wall
    Dark footsteps coming down the hall
    Dark music playing in the rain
    Dark thoughts are plaguing me again
    Last edited by rcarlberg; 2 Weeks Ago at 12:38 PM.

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    Sturgeon's Lawyer Thank you really! Good job!
    But "gromage" - what is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by andreynovox View Post
    But "gromage" - what is it?
    stoked

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    rcarlberg - thank you!

    The lyrics of "Don't" by the dutch band Galaxy-lin seemed to be simple but I can not make out what it's all about and it really makes me crazy... Please, help to decrypt:

    She kiss my lips, she kiss my cheek
    I can't kiss her, I can't speak
    I fear the crystal slip to break
    Oh, oh notching gales with me (???)

    Don't, don't, don't
    Touch my gold and dreams away
    Don't, don't, don't
    Touch my gold and dreams away

    Oh, oh I'm dreaming by her
    Oh, oh I'm dreaming by her
    I have dozen may she play it(???)
    As in upper scene you may(???)

    Her flashing eyes have floating glance
    I know I don't have to beware
    I fear the crystal slip to break
    Oh, oh notching gains with me(???)

    Don't, don't, don't
    Touch my gold and dreams away
    Don't, don't, don't
    Touch my gold and dreams away

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    Here goes nuttin' (maybe English is a second language to this band?):
    She kiss'd my lips, she kiss'd my cheek
    I can kiss her back, last week(?)
    I fear the crystal's sleep to break(?)
    Uh-oh, nightingales in May(?)

    Don't don't don't
    Dash my golden dreams away
    Don't don't don't
    Dash my golden dreams away

    Uh-oh, I'm dreamin' 'bout her
    Uh-oh, I'm dreamin' 'bout her
    On a duz(?) where she played(?)
    As an oppo-sin(?) you made(?)

    Her flashin' eyes, her floatin' hair
    I will don't(?) her to beware(?)
    I fear the crystal's sleep to break(?)
    Uh-oh, nightingales in May(?)

    Don't don't don't
    Dash my golden dreams away
    Don't don't don't
    Dash my golden dreams away

    Uh-oh, I'm dreamin' 'bout her
    Uh-oh, I'm dreamin' 'bout her
    On a duz(?) where she played(?)
    As an oppo-sin you made(?)
    Last edited by rcarlberg; 2 Weeks Ago at 10:53 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andreynovox View Post
    rcarlberg - thank you!

    The lyrics of "Don't" by the dutch band Galaxy-lin seemed to be simple but I can not make out what it's all about and it really makes me crazy... Please, help to decrypt:

    She kiss my lips, she kiss my cheek
    I can't kiss her, I can't speak
    I fear the crystal slip to break
    Oh, oh notching gales with me (???)

    Don't, don't, don't
    Touch my gold and dreams away
    Don't, don't, don't
    Touch my gold and dreams away

    Oh, oh I'm dreaming by her
    Oh, oh I'm dreaming by her
    I have dozen may she play it(???)
    As in upper scene you may(???)

    Her flashing eyes have floating glance
    I know I don't have to beware
    I fear the crystal slip to break
    Oh, oh notching gains with me(???)

    Don't, don't, don't
    Touch my gold and dreams away
    Don't, don't, don't
    Touch my gold and dreams away
    She kissed my lips, she kissed my cheek
    I cannot kiss her, I can’t speak
    I feel the blissful sleep to break
    Oh, nightingales in May

    Don’t, don’t, don’t dash my golden dreams away
    Don’t, don’t, don’t dash my golden dreams away

    Oh, oh, I’m dreaming ’bout her
    Oh, oh, I’m dreaming ’bout her
    ???????
    ???????

    Her flashing eyes, her floating hair
    I know I don’t have to beware
    I feel the blissful sleep to break
    Oh, nightingales in May

    Don’t, don’t, don’t dash my golden dreams away
    Don’t, don’t, don’t dash my golden dreams away
    I am absolutely baffled by the two lines following the “dreaming about her” bit. Their heavy Dutch accents are NOT helping my comprehension. I am pretty sure I hear “other” pronounced as “uzzer” in the second line, but the rest is completely mangled.
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    rcalberg, Progbear: thank you!
    Didn't expect the two lines are so difficult to decipher...
    Impossible to make out>
    "Oh, oh, I’m dreaming ’bout her
    Oh, oh, I’m dreaming ’bout her
    all her sudden machine playing
    as in up the seeing you made..."
    Last edited by andreynovox; 2 Weeks Ago at 02:24 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Progbear View Post
    I am absolutely baffled by the two lines following the “dreaming about her” bit. Their heavy Dutch accents are NOT helping my comprehension. I am pretty sure I hear “other” pronounced as “uzzer” in the second line, but the rest is completely mangled.
    I make it "On a dulcimer she played/As an Abyssinian maid."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Triscuits View Post
    I make it "On a dulcimer she played/As an Abyssinian maid."
    Great! Sounds real!
    Seems only Robbie van Leeuwen himself knows the real words...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Triscuits View Post
    I make it "On a dulcimer she played/As an Abyssinian maid."
    Brilliant, Louie. You cracked it!

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    The all female prog band - Mother Superior:

    A very difficult song to decrypt the lyrics (just for me, of course), I could not catch even any word... and by the way, what is it " Toulouse Lautrec"?...

    We .... ???????
    ?? won't you tell me....??
    You're so .......???
    ...... just not there..???

    ... lights in the sky
    They would shine it's too late to deny
    Where you've been
    May be truth just ...
    Do you need ... .?
    You're so hard ...??

    Now you know what you have
    ... just in you
    There's no reason to get
    It's up to you
    Love was always ...?
    And now it's through
    Nothing is left to share

    .... so far ... ???
    Watch....... ?????
    .... ... is left to show
    Love you ..... .... ...???

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    Quote Originally Posted by andreynovox View Post
    Sturgeon's Lawyer Thank you really! Good job!
    But "gromage" - what is it?
    Apparently, "drummers" - I could not make that word out.
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    Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was an avant-garde French painter and such of the second half of the 19th Century.

    There was a Monty Python sketch that hovered about the phrase "no time to lose/no time, Toulouse".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sturgeon's Lawyer View Post
    Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was an avant-garde French painter and such of the second half of the 19th Century.

    There was a Monty Python sketch that hovered about the phrase "no time to lose/no time, Toulouse".
    A Rip Taylor musing too....I bought Mr. Lautrec a belt.....I asked him "Too tight, Toulouse?" (insert the confetti toss here)
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    I've tried listening this on the CD a few times, but the best I can make out is this:

    We wait patiently
    for [thing/it?], tell me
    You're so on a way
    Maybe you're just not there

    [Soon/saw? no] lights in the sky
    They won't shine
    It's too late to deny
    Where you've been
    Maybe truth's just a lie
    To defend those who aren't the [rise?]

    Now you know why you're there
    He's chosen you
    There's no reason to care
    It's up to you
    Life was always unfair
    And now it's through
    Nothing's left to share

    Eyes like fire above me
    Watch your [each?] turning
    Nothing's left to show
    Round you darkness grows

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    Here's my best guess -- it's a song about a woman cheating on her husband/boyfriend. Not easy to decipher, you're right.
    He waits patiently
    Forging it and me(?)
    You're so unaware
    Maybe you should prepare(?)

    Soon the lights in the sky
    They will shine
    It's too late to deny
    Where you've been
    Maybe truth's just a lie
    To defend
    Those who aren't the right

    Now you know why you're there
    He's chosen you
    There's no reason to care
    It's up to you
    Life was always unfair
    And now it's true
    Nothing's left to share

    Light shines bright above me(?)
    Watching ______(?)
    Nothing's left to show
    'Round you the darkness grows
    Required massive equalization and editing to bring the vocals out of this dreadful mix, and it's still unclear.
    Last edited by rcarlberg; 2 Weeks Ago at 03:15 PM.

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    Kai, rcarlberg - thank you!
    Summing up - something like this:
    He waits patiently
    What you will tell me
    You're so unaware
    Maybe you're just not there

    Soon the lights in the sky
    They would shine
    It's too late to deny
    Where you've been
    Maybe truth's just a lie
    To defend
    Those who aren't the right

    Now you know why you're there
    He's chosen you
    There's no reason to care
    It's up to you
    Life was always unfair
    And now it's through
    Nothing's left to share

    Lights like fire above me
    Watch [you ... tell me?] - (seems to be the most important line...)
    Nothing's left to show
    'Round you the darkness grows
    Last edited by andreynovox; 2 Weeks Ago at 10:44 AM.

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    Brilliant cover of Richie Havens' "Cautiously" by a little known band One:

    Awesome, magnificent melody! The cover is even better than original written by Maurey Hayden...
    Lyrics are easy, but I still could not make out of some words for a long time... Please, help to correct:

    Cautiously you handed her a rose
    Yes, you did, yes, you did
    Pretending to know
    All the no one(??) knows
    Yes, you did, yes, you did
    She wore that rose
    Pretending that she knew
    The reasons for that rose
    As it a good wore(???)

    Cautiously you said to her
    Please, be your bride
    Yes, you did, yes, you did
    Pretending to believe
    That you could her bide(?)
    Yes, you did, yes, you did
    She wore that pretends(??)
    Wanting soul(?) to share
    The reasons for that rose
    Though that [dead?] she wears

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