February 7th, 2014

Babelfishing Poetry: "Mercy In A Bowl"

Babelfishing Poetry: "Mercy In A Bowl"

Hello!  And how are you lovely bloggity people today?  Great, I hope.  You are just in time for more Babelfishing poetry, where I take song lyrics, run them through an on-line translator such as (but not necessarily) Babelfish, tweak the punctuation a bit, and wind up with a quirky kind of poem.

This week's song, "Roll, Alabama, Roll," is a post-Civil War sea shanty about the Confederate sloop-of-war CSS Alabama, which was built in the United Kingdom in 1862. She was sunk in 1864 off the coast of Cherbourg, France by the USS Kearsage. The lyrics are attributed to the Confederate sailor Frank Townsend who served on the ship (read lyrics [click "Show more"] and listen to a creamy version of the song here or listen to a crunchy version here).  Enjoy. 

Mercy In A Bowl

If they do not give up, Ann,
then he slept in the open end.
Jonathan concluded, based on the law, you must.
We, Birkenhead.

Mercy in a bowl.
Eight people in Liverpool.
The second class of ships, greater
damage to U.S. companies.

On the same day, John Galston of the standing port vessels
will collect a lot of money.
Many, in fact, and the crew found him,
Kearsage ready for the Yankees.

On that day, each party has made
Ali design weapons.
64 miles of trails.
In addition, the internal depth of the depth.

Roll, Abe, I graduated.