March 26th, 2021

Babelfishing Poetry: "This Is The Lesson, Mister"

Babelfishing Poetry: "This Is The Lesson, Mister"


Once again, get ready for some more Babelfishing poetry, where I take song lyrics, run them through an on-line translator such as (but not necessarily) Babelfish, massage the punctuation a bit, and wind up with a quirky kind of poem.

This week's song, chosen at random, is soul/R&B singer Jean Knight's 1971 hit "Mr Big Stuff" (listen to Knight's version here), or watch a video of American all-female heavy metal band Precious Metal's version here, or listen to a rather brittle, pseudo-reggae version by singer-actress Britta Phillips here, or listen to an instrumental R&B arrangement by The Poets of Rhythm here, or listen to John Holt's reggae version here, or watch a clip of female SNL cast members doing a sketch based around the song with guest host Louis C.K. here).  Enjoy. 


This Is The Lesson, Mister

Why isn't everyone wearing clothes?
And if you have a big car now,
do you think you are a fan?
Imagine that he is bigger than a big star.

I love to love to the poor who love each other.
He turned around and got angry.
His intention was to love again when he left my love.
Now you know this is the lesson, mister; no great learning yet.

This is one individual tool.
Other non-separate development and personal love.
This is one individual tool.
My head doen't hurt.
It is a great tool.
I'm crying.

You live a self-styled life.


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