Smash Mouth's "All Star" translated into Aramaic and back into English and made into a Sea Shanty
Dear internet, sometimes when inspiration strikes, you may just accidentally improvise a sea shanty from a Smash Mouth song. After a mysterious man from the internet named Isaac manually translated the iconic millennial anthem All-Star into Aramaic, an ancient Jewish language, and then back again into English I, and many others, became obsessed. In his words, "I worked on this translation the old-fashioned way – for four damn hours with Jastrow’s Aramaic dictionary in one hand and Frank’s Judeo-Aramaic grammar book in the other." Thank you, Isaac.  This is an improvised home iphone recording so please excuse quality.
All Star, a Sea Shanty - Annie Zylstra
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All Star

Original Smash Mouth lyrics

 

Somebody once told me the world is gonna roll me
I ain't the sharpest tool in the shed
She was looking kind of dumb with her finger and her thumb
In the shape of an "L" on her forehead

Well the years start coming and they don't stop coming
Fed to the rules and I hit the ground running
Didn't make sense not to live for fun
Your brain gets smart but your head gets dumb
So much to do, so much to see
So what's wrong with taking the back streets?
You'll never know if you don't go
You'll never shine if you don't glow

Hey now, you're an all-star, get your game on, go play
Hey now, you're a rock star, get the show on, get paid
And all that glitters is gold
Only shooting stars break the mold

All Star

Translated into Aramaic and back into English

There was one who said unto me that the universe was going to cause me to tremble,
That I am not the sharpest cutting implement in the storehouse.
She had the appearance unto me as a stupid one,
With her finger and her thumb
In the frame of a Greek gamma upon her forehead.
Behold, the years begin coming, and do not cease from coming.
Fed unto the axioms, and I fell upon the earth and ran.
It was not acceptable if not to live for the sake of pleasurable things.
Your brain increases its wisdom, but your heart increases its stupidity.
A great amount to do, a great amount to see,
Therefore, there is no difficult problem if we take the streets of the backside.
You will not know if you do not go.
You will not shine if you do not glow.

Behold currently! You are entirely a star child! Begin your power! Go! Laugh!
Behold currently! You are a master of the music! Begin your singing! Acquire your wages!
All that sparkles is gold!
Comets alone shatter the frame!

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