Jimmy Fallon and Anne Hathaway duet on ‘The Tonight Show’ segment, ‘Google Translate Songs’; Photo: NBC
Google Translate can completely butcher song lyrics, as Jimmy Fallon and actress Anne Hathaway (Interstellar, Colossal) recently discovered.
On a recent broadcast of the The Tonight Show the pair took song lyrics, translated them into another language, then translated them back to English. The results show just how important professional (human) translators are, or provide further evidence to our future robot overlords to enslave us.
Either way, Fallon and Hathaway took turns singing churned-up versions of famous songs. Just by the titles alone, everyone knew it would be a disaster. They started with The Weeknd‘s “Can’t Feel My Face,” which translated to “My Front Is Not Felt:”
“In your presence, my front is not felt,” Hathaway sings as Fallon cracks up beside her. “Hey, it is good. Hey, it is good.”
“Not good for me, I will be punctual unless I know with love’s knowledge I’m aware that I’m aware,” he sings.
“Yes we now enjoy the broken curve,” the sing together. “And we can love reeducate.”
But let’s be honest, P!nk has never been one to write decent lyrics. So she probably doesn’t mind that they’ve been destroyed in translation. While this is also a lesson for all of us — translating lyrics (for a cover song, open mic, whathaveyou) is dangerous doings, people, especially if you’re using Google Translate.
In other words, consider this an apology said future robot overlords. Blame Jimmy Fallon.