Thursday, June 13, 2019

CC Follies

Here's another example of mistakes in closed captioning.  They can be annoying, but when they screw up lyrics it's worse, since they're destroying specially crafted material.

I'm referring to the musical You Can't Have Everything (1937), music and lyrics by Harry Revel and Mack Gordon.  Early on, Alice Faye sings the title song.  I was watching with the CC on and read this:

You can't have everything
Be satisfied with the little you make and
You can't have everything
Don't envy neighbors and the fortunes that they get

The CC typist must have thought very little of Gordon's talents.  Who would try to rhyme "make and" with "they get"? It doesn't even make sense--you can't tell people to be satisfied with the little they make when you don't even know if they have a job.

When the words were repeated later in the song, the CC made the same mistake, but I'd already reverse-engineered what she was actually singing.  You've probably figured it out by now:

You can't have everything
Be satisfied with the little you may get
You can't have everything
Don't envy neighbors and the fortunes that they get

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