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Faber - Das Boot Ist Voll (The Boat Is Full)

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  1. [3]
    cfabbro
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    Glad to see you back, @ainar-g! I missed your regular music submissions. :) p.s. Since the video had some really powerful imagery and was intriguing, I decided to look up translated lyrics: I...

    Glad to see you back, @ainar-g! I missed your regular music submissions. :)

    p.s. Since the video had some really powerful imagery and was intriguing, I decided to look up translated lyrics:

    The boat is full

    [Verse 1]
    Not everything was bad back in the day
    You can tell by the Autobahn
    You'd all be sad too if Volkswagen didn't exist¹
    Wolfsburg - a stroke of genius
    Obviously that'll make you sometimes think back to the third
    The thing with the Jews
    You have to prove that first
    They don't have to show you the shit from the history books
    You won't be taken for an idiot
    How smart of you²

    [Pre-Chorus]
    "The boat is full!" they shout on the ocean
    "Yes, the boat is full!" you scream in front of the TV³

    It's hard to get smart for those who believe more quickly
    You've known that for a long time
    That's why you don't trust any media in this shitty country
    Asylum centre
    Whoops, the house is on fire
    Let's see who will be the quickest
    The quickest to run out
    They want to take you for an idiot
    But you're not having it

    [Chorus]
    Worried citizen, yeah
    I'm gonna give it to you too, in a minute⁴
    When '33 sneaks its way back into 2019
    When humanity and common sense are pushed aside by your anger⁵

    Worried citizen, yeah, I'll give it to you too in a minute

    [Verse 2]
    To each his own
    Yes, those are wise words⁶
    Haven't they got bread to eat?
    Why don't they eat gâteau?⁷
    Nobody is honest here any more
    Only Horst never lied to you
    On his birthday they're all
    All being deported⁸

    You don't feel good in your body any more
    And sometimes lonely, too
    Yes, foreign in your own country
    I don't feel good in my body any more
    And sometimes lonely, too
    Nobody was ever as foreign to me as you are

    [Chorus]
    Worried citizen⁹, yeah
    I'm gonna give it to you too in a minute
    On your knees when I show you my cock
    Take it into your vernacular mouth
    Blonde, stupid, blue and clean

    Worried citizen, yeah, I'll give it to you too in a minute

    https://lyricstranslate.com/en/das-boot-ist-voll-boat-full.html

    I don't know how accurate that translation is, and some of the references are a bit lost on me (e.g. Wolfsburg and Horst?), but I dig the song and its clearly anti-fascist message. His voice also reminds me of Tom Waits.

    edit: See below... there were footnotes that explain everything in detail.

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    1. [2]
      ainar-g
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      Wolfsburg is the city, in which the HQ of Volkswagen is situated. “Der Horst” is probably Horst Seehofer, a Bavarian politician known for his open and vocal criticism of Merkel's “Wir Schaffen...

      Wolfsburg is the city, in which the HQ of Volkswagen is situated.

      “Der Horst” is probably Horst Seehofer, a Bavarian politician known for his open and vocal criticism of Merkel's “Wir Schaffen Das” policy.

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      1. cfabbro
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        🤦♂️ Oh, I'm an idiot. I was wondering what those superscript numbers were for but didn't investigate further at the time. I guess I should have, since they are for footnotes under the translation!...

        🤦‍♂️ Oh, I'm an idiot. I was wondering what those superscript numbers were for but didn't investigate further at the time. I guess I should have, since they are for footnotes under the translation! :P

        ¹ Hitler is said to have built the first Autobahn in Germany, which many Neo-Nazis still lay out as one of the good things he did. Volkswagen was founded on Hitlers orders, calling for a car for the general populous, the "Volk".

        ² This segment is referring to the common rhetoric of current alt-right supporters, who claim the Third Reich had its good sides and either put the Holocaust into perspective or outright deny it completely. They also claim that the history books exaggerate on purpose to make Germans feel bad and - by extent - make them more obedient

        ³ "Das Boot ist voll!" is a common phrase used by anti-immigration campainers. Germany/Europe is the boat and by letting more immigrants and refugees into the country, the boat will sink. The pre-chorus makes the allusion between actual refugees at sea shouting because their boat is literally sinking and a ficticious German/Swiss/Austrian person infront of their TV claiming there is no more room in their country to support immigrants.

        ⁴ This is a German play on words. "Besorgt" translates to worried, but also the past tense of "besorgen", meaning to get someting or - colloquially - to give it to someone (sexually).

        ⁵ This part of the lyrics was changed in a later release from its original, so the message would become clearer and more sincere. '33 means 1933, the year the Nazis took power in Germany and made it a dictatorship.

        ⁶ "Jedem das Seine" was used as a slogan by the Nazis. It is written on the gates to the concentration camp in Buchenwald.

        ⁷ Referring to the famous "Let them eat cake" quote

        ⁸ Horst Seehofer is a German politician in the CSU, the Christian Social Union, a party only active in Bavaria but part of the nationwide CDU, the Christian Democratic Union. In a speech in the summer of 2018 he happily announced that on his 69th birthday there would be exactly 69 deportations of refugees, claming this was a funny coincidence.

        ⁹ "Besorgter Bürger" is a term that's become very popular in Germany and other German-speaking countries. It's a label for people who claim to be nothing but worried citizens, when they're actually following an alt-right agenda.

        And it looks like you were right about Horst, though the notes don't make mention of Wolfsburg, but I assume you're correct there too.

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  2. ainar-g
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    A very strong new piece from Faber, that I haven't been able to get out of my head for a few days. Here is a DeepL translation of the first verse from German, to give you a taste of what the...

    A very strong new piece from Faber, that I haven't been able to get out of my head for a few days. Here is a DeepL translation of the first verse from German, to give you a taste of what the lyrics mean.

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