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Foreign Language in English Songs, Laurie Anderson

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Laurie Anderson's, "Example #22"
The Lyrics:
Beispiele paranormale Tonbandstimmen.
Was sind paranormale Tonbandstimmen?
Es sind Stimmen unbekannter Herkunft.
Es sind paranormaler Tonbandstimmen
Ihren Klang. Ich verstehe die Sprachen.
Ich verstehe die Sprachen nicht.
Ich hore nur Irhen Klang.

Later: Beispiel Nummer zweiundzwanzig.
The German text of this song by expirimetnal performer Laurie Anderson is about 'voices' that mysteriously appear on a audio tape with no known source. According to Sing365, the lyrics translate as:
Examples of paranormal voices on tape.
What are paranormal voices on tape?
They are voices of unknown origin.
They are paranormal voices on tape.
Your sound. I understand the languages.
I don't understand the languages.
I hear only your sound.

This translation gives the basic idea, although in this context I would translate 'sprachen' as 'speech' or 'words' rather than 'languages.'
Submitted by: Robert Ballinger

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