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    Hi! I'm translating a song called "The Farmer's Curst Wife" to Spanish. It's about a farmer who gives his wife away to the Devil. The wife causes much trouble in Hell and the Devil returns her. In the following verses:

    So the farmer woke up and he looked out the crack
    And he saw that devil bringing her back

    is the "crack" a crack on the wall, or is it, well, the crack left by a half-opened window?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Crack

    Context would tell.

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    Re: Crack

    Let me rephrase: is it correct to call "crack" the opening left by a half-opened window? (in the rest of the poem there's no reference to a crack on the wall).

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    Quote Originally Posted by billy_budd_sailor View Post
    Let me rephrase: is it correct to call "crack" the opening left by a half-opened window? (in the rest of the poem there's no reference to a crack on the wall).
    Yes. You can "crack" a window open.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Context would tell.
    Heather Dale:The Farmer's Curst Wife Lyrics - Lyric Wiki - song lyrics, music lyrics. Ask and it will be given to you.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    Thanks. From the context we don't know what the "crack" is except that it rhymes with "back."

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    Re: Crack

    I think you would be quite safe to assume that, for the purposes of translating this song, "crack" means "window".
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: Crack

    You have all been extremely helpful. Perhaps you can assist me with more question. There's a "chorus" that is repeated at the end of each stanza:

    – fie fie diddle die
    – fie fie diddl-ie day

    Both "fie" and "diddle" have meanings, but are readers aware of them when they read these lines? Or are they just for "musical" effect (something fun to repeat over and over again)? My point is I have to decide whether to attempt a translation of these lines, or rather try to replicate the way they sound in Spanish, something like:

    fai fai didel dai
    fai fai didlai dei

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    Re: Crack

    Quote Originally Posted by billy_budd_sailor View Post
    You have all been extremely helpful. Perhaps you can assist me with more question. There's a "chorus" that is repeated at the end of each stanza:

    – fie fie diddle die
    – fie fie diddl-ie day

    Both "fie" and "diddle" have meanings, but are readers aware of them when they read these lines? Or are they just for "musical" effect (something fun to repeat over and over again)? My point is I have to decide whether to attempt a translation of these lines, or rather try to replicate the way they sound in Spanish, something like:

    fai fai didel dai
    fai fai didlai dei
    No meaning. Just sounds.

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