Come in my boat
A storm is rising / and the night is coming
Where do you want to go
So all alone / you are drifting away
Who will hold your hand
When it pulls you under

Where do you want you want to go
So boundless / the cold sea
Come in my boat
The wind of autumn / stiffens the sails

Now you are standing by the lantern
With tears in your face
The evening light chases the shadows away
Time stands still and it becomes autumn

Come in my boat
Yearning becomes / the helmsmen
Come in my boat
The best sailor / was I

Now you are standing by the lantern
With tears in your face
You take the fire from the candle
Time stands still and it becomes autumn

They only spoke of your mother
So merciless is only the night
In the end I'm left alone
The time stands still
And I am cold


Lyrics submitted by John M

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    General CommentThere is one verse missing after "...stiffens the sails":

    "Now you are standing by the lantern /
    With tears in your face /
    Daylight is slanting /
    autumn winds sweep the streets clear".


    The verse
    "Komm in mein Boot
    der beste Seemann
    war doch ich"
    is not easy to translate.

    "Doch" is a word of enforcement:
    If you say "yes" & the other person then says "no", but you keep insisting, then you'd say "Doch!" (instead of English "And I still say Yes!").

    So you might translate it as either of these:
    "Come into my boat. I was the best helmsmen, after all." (That's probably the one I'd go for.)
    "Come into my boat. Haven't I been the best helmsmen?"
    "Since I was the best helmsmen, why don't you come into my boat?"

    I don't know what to make of this song about the lonely helmsman. duff might be on to something, with all these mentions of autumn...
    Lepra Messiason April 06, 2005   Link

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