A reflection in the necessity for song translation
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Translation is currently an inherent part of our lives. Almost any type of information is translated so it becomes accessible for as wide an audience as possible. We translate systematically, assuming that translation is necessary. Nevertheless, song lyrics appear to be a special type of text and hence, its translation must adapt to its unique features. Songs are not affected by language and cultural boundaries for a series of reasons: among its elements, the lyric is the only one susceptible to translation. The musical content makes of songs a universal product whose translation seems to be optional. At the same time, rhythm, rhyme, singability, rhetorical figures, etc. make of song translation a complex task. Therefore, we attempt to objectively conclude whether song translation is indeed a necessary translation specialty, considering the specific features and problems posed by this genre, as well as the final function and the effect of the translated song.