Gangnam Style

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Gangnam Style is a single by South Korean pop singer Psy, released in 2012, which became the first YouTube video to reach one billion views.(1) A Klingon parody was released in September 2012 by Comediva and went viral; by October 10, 2014, there were over 5 million views. The video's concept, lyrics, and translation were made by Kristen Bobst, with support from Klingonist Felix Malmenbeck(2)(3)

Klingon Lyrics

The first draft of the lyrics was all written by Comediva, but Felix had a look at it to revise the grammar and a few word choices, without really influencing the content much. He later reported that he didn't even know it would be set to the tune of Gangnam style when he was checking it. "However, I was working on my own translation of the song at the time, so as I was going over the syllable counts for my corrections, it suddenly made a lot of sense :P" (4) The lyrics were posted on the Comediva website, but is not accessible any more.(5)(6)

Details

The lyrics contain one non-canonical word: raHtar. This was used by the Klingon chef in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, so presumably it's from whatever language he speaks:
- Dug a bul, rah'tar! - "What's your problem, lady?"
- D'tel klop a bul! - "This slop you call food is the problem!"

Felix told the Comediva group that it wasn't "proper" Klingon as we speak it, but after some discussion it was decided that that felt kind of appropriate for the style of the video. (7)

The word chabDu' is used for "breasts", but literally means "cakes".

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qavan [raHtar]*. be' 'IHqu' SoH. Qapla' jay'! Ha' I salute you, woman. You are a very pretty woman. F*cking success. Let's go!
'Iw HIq Datlhutlh. SoH qalegh. Qut, Qut. QeDpIn be' je. maw'. You drink bloodwine. I see you. Dirty. Dirty. Science officer and lady. Crazy.
nughoStaH nuq? parmaq, manga'chuq. Qut Ha' maruch What is coming toward us? Romance and sex. Dirty. Let's go. Let's do this!
qaleghneS. Qapla' jay'!. Qut Ha' maruch. I am honored to see you. F*cking success. Dirty. Let's go. Yes.
wa' cha' parmaq Qapla'! One two, romance success
tIqwIj Sa'angnIS wa' cha' parmaq Qapla'! I must show you my heart. One two romance success.
tachDaq maghom. tugh. tugh wa' cha' parmaq Qapla'! We will meet in the cocktail lounge. Soon soon. One two romance success
parmaq Qapla'! Romance success.
Ha', nItebHa' romuluSnganpu'! Let's kill some Romulans
HIja DIHoH HEY! ghobe' 'eH! NO HEY Yes Together Hey Let's go No Hey
Ha', nItebHa' romuluSnganpu' Let's kill some Romulans together
HIja DIHoH HEY! ghobe' 'eH! NO HEY Yes Together Hey Let's go No Hey
maSwov, 'ejDo, parmaq, manga'chuq, eH! 'eH! 'eH! 'eH! 'eH! Qapla'! Moonlight, starship, romance, and sex. Ready, ready, ready, ready, ready. Success!
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tujqu'choH QuQ. Hljol. jIghung. Ha' maruch The engine is overheating. Beam me aboard. I'm hungry. Let's go. Let's do this!
jISey. chabDu'. ghem. 'ejyo'. Sa'Hut, qamuSHa', HIja I am excited. Breasts. Midnight snack. Starfleet. Buttocks. I love you. Yes.
yIH yIlIgh, be' yIH yIlIgh. yIruch! Ride that tribble, lady. Ride that tribble. Do it!
wa' cha' parmaq Qapla'! One two romance success!
bIjatlh 'e' yImev. yItlhutlh! yIlop! wa'leS chaq maHegh! Stop talking. Drink. Celebrate! Tomorrow we may die.
yItlhutlh! yIlop! Qut Qapla' jay'!. Qut Ha' Qapla' Celebrate. Dirty. F*cking success. Dirty. Let's go. Success.
yIH yIlIgh, be' yIH yIlIgh. yIruch! Ride that tribble, lady. Ride that tribble. Do it!
parmaq Qapla'! Romance success!
Ha', nItebHa' romuluSnganpu' Let's kill some Romulans
HIja DIHoH HEY! ghobe' 'eH! NO HEY Yes Together Hey Let's go No Hey
Ha', nItebHa' romuluSnganpu' Let's kill some Romulans
HIja DIHoH HEY! ghobe' 'eH! NO HEY Yes Together Hey Let's go No Hey
maSwov 'ejDo parmaq nga'chuqghach je 'eH! 'eH! 'eH! 'eH! 'eH! 'eH! Qapla'! Moonlight, starship, romance, and sex. Ready, ready, ready, ready, ready, ready. Success!
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tlhIngan maH! Qapla'! Ha' tlhIngan maH! We are Klingons. Success. Let's go. We are Klingons.
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yuQ, pIvghor, Hurgh, qIb, yuQ Planet Warpdrive Pickle Galaxy Planet
tlhIngan maH! Qapla Ha' tlhIngan maH! We are Klingons. Success. Let's go. We are Klingons.
Baby baby
yuQ, pIvghor, Hurgh, yuQ You know what I'm saying Planet Warpdrive Pickle Planet! You know what I'm saying.
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See also

References

1 : Gangnam Style, Wikipedia, accessed 2020 June 09.

2 : http://www.comediva.com/klingon-style/ Not available as of 2020 June 09.

3 : Klingon Style, archive.org, accessed 2020 June 09

4 : Facebook post of September 09, 2020, by Felix Malmenbeck

5 : http://www.comediva.com/klingon-style-lyrics/ Lyrics not available as of 2020 June 09.

6 : Klingon Style Lyrics, archive.org, accessed 2020 June 09

7 : Facebook post of September 09, 2020, by Felix Malmenbeck

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