Last night, I was enjoying a recording of a concert by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Gal Costa, two famous Brazilian artists who I enjoy greatly.
I was listening to a beautiful song, “Dindi”, sung by the soothing angelic voice of Gal Costa.
“Ah! Dindi Se soubesses do bem que eu te quero
O mundo seria, Dindi
I was almost completely lost in my rapture when suddenly I heard the following unpleasant words escape from her lips:
“Oh Dindi . . .
If I only had words
I would say all the beautiful things that I see
when you’re with me
Oh my Dindi!”
No, she didn’t have a horrible accent. In fact, had the song been written originally in English, it would have been quite pleasant, in an exotic foreign sort of way.
Singing a song such as this in English is just … Wrong!
Do you feel this way about some artist who sings their songs in your language instead of their own?
Do any of you native Germans or German speakers prefer the German version of The Beatles’ “She Loves You” over the English version?
Do you know of any other songs we hear in English that are really better listened to in their original language?