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Cultural TC: When I was a bachelor, and lived all by myself

Posted Over 16 Years ago by eldin raigmore

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Translate this into your conculture and conworld (and conspecies too, maybe.)
(Requires marriage, food, pests, cities, and lowish-tech interpretations.)

When I was a bachelor, and lived all by myself,
All the bread and cheese I made, I kept up on a shelf.
But the rats, and the mice, they made such a strife
That I had to go to London, to find myself a wife.
The streets were so bad, and the lanes were so narrow,
I had to bring my wife home in a wheel-barrow.
The wheel hit a bump, and the barrow took a fall,
And down came my little wife, wheel-barrow and all.

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[unparsed]From the view of a Danpyr. This won't rhyme, but here it goes:

In my traveling days, I was alone.
All my prey and food I gathered was kept in my napsack.
But often, much would be stolen by mice or birds or such.
So I went to a nearby town to find another to travel with.
It was hard to walk the streets and crowds were all around,
so I bought a cloak for my partner to wear until we had left town.
But someone saw what we were, and we had to run.
I lost them, both cloak and friend.

Notes: Danpyr don't marry, but they take mates and form small groups after some time traveling on their own. And many of the other races don't like them, so having someone know what they are without it being another Danpyr is a pretty bad thing for them.

Over 16 Years ago
bloodb4roses

[unparsed]For the Faraneih:

When I left my village to try my luck as a merchant, how foolish I was,
I kept all my dried amaranth and half-rotten telhics in knotted bundles hanging from the rafters,
But the birds flew in while I was out and ate so much,
I decided to go through the Hepazeut (lower-scale Geisha house, kind of) to find a wife,
But the town's streets were so crowded,
She simply disappeared into the throng,
Leaving me alone once more.

1. He would have to have left his home town and gone to a trade hub to explain living alone.
2. ergo Merchant also.
3. bread and cheese --> amaranth and telhic
4. shelf --> hanging from rafters
5. rats / mice --> birds
6. London --> local Hepazeut in town
7. Death by fall --> etherial disappearance

Over 16 Years ago
schwhatever

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@bloodb4roses (Danpyr),
@schwatever (Faraneih);

These are both very good. Thanks.

Over 16 Years ago
eldin raigmore
 

[unparsed]Wow, I have a CD with this song, or at least a version of it (Dean Shostak's "Colonial Fair" CD). You can see why I call myself "Downtimer!" :D

Anyway, here's the Tehimo version:

My family died, so I lived all by myself,
All the flatcakes and sausage I made, I kept in the icebox.
But the lizards and the bugs, they made such a strife
That I had to go to the Capital to find myself a wife.
[the rest is the same]

Explanation: 1) People live with their families until they marry, so the only way a person could live alone is if their family died (or if they ran away from an abusive family, but that's another story) 2) On that planet, there are no mammals except humans (humans colonized it thousands of years ago and then lost technology), so there are no rats, mice, or cheese. 3) They don't make bread, but they eat food by picking it up with flatcakes that look kind of like tortillas. 4) Their technology is at a lower level than ours, so they have to get ice from the mountains and use iceboxes. 5) The name for their capital means "the Capital," like South Korea's capital Seoul.

I don't know if the Amazons would write this song, because they don't really get married; instead, they just move in with each other to help each other with their kids. If an Amazon can't have kids, she (all Amazons are women; they travel abroad to reproduce) helps someone else raise her kids.

Over 16 Years ago
Downtimer
 

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[quote="Downtimer"]
Wow, I have a CD with this song, or at least a version of it (Dean Shostak's "Colonial Fair" CD). You can see why I call myself "Downtimer!" :D

I'm not surprised that it's been set to music, but I didn't know it had ever been set to music. (It's a "nursery rhyme".) I wish I could hear.

[quote="Downtimer"]
Anyway, here's the Tehimo version:

My family died, so I lived all by myself,
All the flatcakes and sausage I made, I kept in the icebox.
But the lizards and the bugs, they made such a strife
That I had to go to the Capital to find myself a wife.
[the rest is the same]

Explanation:
1) People live with their families until they marry, so the only way a person could live alone is if their family died (or if they ran away from an abusive family, but that's another story)
2) On that planet, there are no mammals except humans (humans colonized it thousands of years ago and then lost technology), so there are no rats, mice, or cheese.
3) They don't make bread, but they eat food by picking it up with flatcakes that look kind of like tortillas.
4) Their technology is at a lower level than ours, so they have to get ice from the mountains and use iceboxes.
5) The name for their capital means "the Capital," like South Korea's capital Seoul.

I don't know if the Amazons would write this song, because they don't really get married; instead, they just move in with each other to help each other with their kids. If an Amazon can't have kids, she (all Amazons are women; they travel abroad to reproduce) helps someone else raise her kids.

Neat. Thanks.

Over 16 Years ago
eldin raigmore
 

I really liked these!

Over 1 Year ago
chiarizio
 

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