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pinpro589
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Need help for the meaning of song in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) movie

Sat May 19, 2018 8:13 pm

Hi guys,

I'm translating the subtitle of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) from English to my country language.
I know it a very old movie but I like it and till this day, I haven't found any subtitle of that movie in my language. So I decided to create a new one.
It's a musical movie having many songs and I can't ignore to translate these songs.
In the Lyrics below. Sentences that be Bold is the most of which I couldn't guess the meaning.
Could you guys have any idea about these sentences?
I'll very appreciate that.
It's just one song and this musical movie have many of it. I also have a lot of things to do :)))

Bless Your Beautiful Hide
Howard Keel
Bless your beautiful hide, wherever you may be
We ain't met yet but I'm a-willing to bet
You're the gal for me
Bless your beautiful hide
You're just as good as lost
I don't know your name but I'm a-stakin' my claim
Lest your eyes is crossed
Oh, I'd swap my gun and I'd swap my mule
Though whoever took it would be one big fool
Or pay your way through cookin' school
If'n you would say I Do

Bless your beautiful hide, prepare to bend your knee
And take that vow 'cause I'm a-tellin' you now
You're the gal for me
Pretty and trim but kinda slim
Heavenly eyes but, oh, that size
She's gotta be right to be the bride for me
Bless your beautiful hide, wherever you may be
Pretty and trim but not too slim
Heavenly eyes and just the right size
Simple and sweet, and sassy as can be!
Bless her beautiful hide
Yes, she's the gal for me
Songwriters: Gene De Paul / Johnny Mercer
Bless Your Beautiful Hide lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Thanks you so much for spending you time.

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hector
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Re: Need help for the meaning of song in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) movie

Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:10 pm

Though I think this is not the best place to discuss this kind of things and though I'm not the most appropriate person to do this since English is not my mother tongue, I'll try to give you some hints.

First of all, it is A SONG. And songs don't always have to make sense. Sometimes it's just poetry. Starting with the title "bless your beautiful hide". I'm not sure but I think the place where she is hiding must be beautiful, perhaps because she is there. The word "gal" is a colloquial term for "girl".

I'd pay your way through cookin' school if then you would say "I do" (I marry you)

"kinda" -> kind of

Hope that helps

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Re: Need help for the meaning of song in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) movie

Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:14 pm

hide
2: body covering of a living animal [syn: {hide}, {pelt}, {skin}]

But I'm a-stakin' my claim
Lest your eyes is crossed.


I stick to what I just said unless you are cross-eyed.

Pretty and trim but kinda slim.
Heavenly eyes but oh that size,


In the film you can see a couple of girls pass by, so that's it,
they are not perfect.

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Re: Need help for the meaning of song in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) movie

Sun Jun 10, 2018 4:02 pm

Hi, I have a few comments, which I hope will help you in your translation.

Firstly, the lyrics are written in a colloquial form of American English, supposedly spoken by the 'cowboy' type, so none of them are 'correct' English anyway.

Bless your beautiful hide - as mentioned in other comments, a 'hide' is a skin. In the context of the song, this character is comparing the young woman's appearance to a flawless hide, hence 'your beautiful hide'. In other words she is beautiful in his eyes.

You're the gal for me - 'gal' is simply a colloquialism for 'girl' and a term that was generally thought to be used by cowboys.

...but I'm a-stakin' my claim. This is another example of 'cowboy' speak. The line means that the singer is declaring his interest in the girl in question. To 'stake a claim' is to make your interest public or official. He uses the archaic variant 'a-stakin' (missing the 'g' from the end of 'staking'), which indicates this is not a man of high education. He's a down to earth type of a man. No one nowadays uses 'a' before a verb.

'gotta' is just slang for 'got to', similar to 'gotten', which is habitually used by Americans.

'kinda' is slang for 'kind of' as is being used in the comparative sense.

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Bommel44
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Re: Need help for the meaning of song in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) movie

Mon Jun 11, 2018 12:58 pm

Hi,
Maybe this will help: There are Dutch subs on "open subtitles" This song has been 'translated' into dutch
If you let Google translate it to English or your own language it could help to find better words
Google will not solve your problem entirely, but is sure can help you..

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