You have never seen the sea (Du hast noch nie das Meer gesehn)
You have never seen the sea
I was still a child
And had only known the countryside
Around our small town
Thought it looked everywhere like that.
But Mammi told me all about
The many wonders of this world.
Her words are still with me today:
⎡You have never seen the sea
So endlessly wide and beautiful.
Only after a thousand dreams
Is there the horizon.
You have never seen the sea,
The ships at anchor
And sails that flutter in the wind
Go see for yourself ...⎦
Then you'll be able to understand the world.
Later I was often
Many a long day
In the house that lie immediately by the shore,
Was totally crazy about
The wind and sand and sea.
And when my child asks:
"Does the world look like this,
Just as beautiful as here at home?"
Then I just say to him,
Then you'll be able to understand the world."