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We're lost, but we're making good time.In US English, 'making good time' means 'making good progress' (not 'having fun').
If the world were perfect, it wouldn't be.Grammatically, a contradiction. This adds to the impact of the remark.
I'm not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did.'encyclopedia' sounds like something you could ride to school on. (That's the only reason this quote is notable.)

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Could someone change the phrase "contest only open to members" to "contest only open to paid members" as free account holders are alsoe deemed as "members" according to the rhetoric of the site. very misleading.
Will it be possible to read the translated text and hear the melody as well? I believe it will be really important. Thank you, Marina
I like Kris Kristofferson's version the best. It seems to be more in tune with the general mood of the lyrics. Besides, let us not forget that it was Kris Kristofferson who wrote them. :)
Johnny Cash all the way :
I like the first sentence of the forth paragraph "i've smoked my mind with cigarettes" because it is implicit and comic.
There are already 2 German versions by well-kown artists. Please see

Volker Lechtenbrink

Peter Maffay
+2 | -1
Melody is so important in poetry, that I want to stress once more that the author of the newly written text must be given the opportunity to read and record it. Otherwise you're stripped of the most important tool: to give the sound/melody of the text.
Tres grandes versiones (la canción es de Kristofferson)
Johnny Paycheck
Willie Nelson
Kris Kristofferson
Keep in mind this is a song, therefore the translation should be as succinct as possible. Attempting to capture every word could result in wordiness, which could be interpreted as mistranslation, when in reality it is an adaptation. Rhyme is not critical.
All of three are average 3 के 3 अनुवाद औसत हैं...बल्कि औसत से भी कम
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