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Posted by Dennis 
Similau
September 18, 2017 12:54AM
The new Samsung Note 8 commercial uses Peggy Lee singing "Similau".
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September 20, 2017 10:02AM
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September 25, 2017 08:01PM
Iv
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September 26, 2017 06:42AM
Thank you. It's wonderful to now be able to hear "Similau" in a commercial. Crisp and crystal clear sound, too.

A correction is needed in one of the links above. I'm referring to the link that contains a transcription of the song's lyrics. The transcription errs when it gives the main line as

I Similau

No, the first word is not "I."

This song has an Afro-Caribbean background. In Spanish, the first word is ay, which does not translate into "I."

What would be the correction translation into English, then? ... Well, "ay" is an interjection that Spanish speakers use in a wide variety of contexts. Hence it has multiple meanings. It is most frequently uttered as a reaction to a variety of sensations, from pain to pleasure. Various other usages are relatively common as well.

So ... The line in question could be translated as

Aye Similau

or as

Yes Similau

provided that this "yes" is understood to carry intensity and passion. It is not a gentle affirmative, but a frenzied kind of "yes" -- and part of the invocation to the titular spirit of the wood.

(As for "aye" ... that one is, of course, an archaic word. As anybody who watches the show Game of Thrones knows, the English language once used it often, to mean "yes." Nowadays the word survives in only very specific, formal contexts.)


Ivan
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September 27, 2017 06:08PM
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October 22, 2017 02:26PM
The video on Samsung mobile has been viewed almost 4 million times.

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November 09, 2017 04:43PM
Just checked out the many versions of this song on YouTube. Peggy's is the best by far, surprisingly erotic (in its symbolism and final wail) for its time!
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November 14, 2017 09:22PM
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