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Babelfishing Poetry: "This Is A Bad Cake"

Babelfishing Poetry: "This Is A Bad Cake"

Hello! Friday, Friday, Friday!  Woo-hoo! *fist pump*  (Do people still fist-pump anymore?  Maybe I should get a little more au courant.)  Anyway, Friday means it's time for more Babelfishing poetry, where I take song lyrics, run them through an on-line translator such as (but not necessarily) Babelfish, tart up the punctuation a bit, and wind up with a quirky kind of poem.

Today is Bobbie Gentry's birthday.  She had a huge world-wide hit in 1967 with her song "Ode To Billy Joe," a song so complicated they eventually had to make a movie to try to explain it.  It is arguably one of the most analyzed popular songs in history due to the many unanswered questions raised by the lyrics.  Perhaps this Babelfished version can shed some light on it (watch a video of Bobbie Gentry performing the song live on the Smothers Brothers show here, or listen to a jazzy instrumental arrangement of the song here).  Enjoy. 

This Is A Bad Cake

Delta gave the dust.  I was third in the second sleep.
Her brother was afraid of baling hay fever.
It's time for dinner and he came home, he stopped.
My mother, "Your legs do not forget to clean the back door," and shouted.
He said, "We have some news for Choctaw chief.
Billy Joe McAllister jumped off the bridge, was Tallahatchie today."

Black-Eyed Peas, his mother, said that when he went around the breast,
"Well, Billie Joe never had the least sense. Take the cake, please.
40th five hectares of low-plows. "
Billy Joe's mother said at least it would be an individual shame.
You cannot put in a very good thing, seems to be Choctaw.
Now, Billy Joe McAllister jumped off the bridge of Tallahatchie.

Brother Tom, Billy Joe, and the City
put down a frog in Carroll County.
Since this page was last night, I talked to the Lord and the Church.
This is a bad cake. As you know, it does not seem right.
Choctaw Ridge yesterday saw timber.
Please tell us  jumped from the bridge of Tallahatchie, now, Billie Joe.

Mom said, "I want a child!"
"I train every morning, and does not affect a single bite.
This is great to come today.  Taylor is the brother of a young evangelist.
He said that the Lord's Supper will be welcomed. By the way,
Choctaw girl behind you looks a lot, he saw.
And Billy Joe, I have learned something from the Tallahatchie Bridge. "

This year, when he heard Billy Joe,
forest shellfish brother married Becky Thompson.  They bought a lot of Tupelo.
There are viruses.  Pope was arrested and died in the spring.
I do not think it is not the father.
I needed to lose a lot of time to pick flowers in the Choctaw Ridge,
and the Tallahatchie Bridge water and mud.

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