The German singer-songwriter Reinhard Mey has a song called "Der Fischer und der Boss", which translates to "The Fisherman and the Boss".

It tells the story of a fisherman who sometimes goes out for tourists so they can fish too. The boss comes to him although it is bad weather and the fisherman doesn't want to go out, so the boss raises the pay so far the fisherman can't resist any more. He says the fisherman's youngest child has a big religious event coming to her and he would need money for that etc.

Well it ends as you would expect. A little later a lifeboat finds the lifebelt of the sunken boat since the weather was far too heavy.

Here is a link to the song text on songtexte.com.
And here it is on YouTube

So my question is: Is there a real life background to this story? I think I remember him mentioning Michelin announcing the song in a concert, too.

  • 1
    Albeit not a "real life background" and something you might already be aware of, but the title is certainly reminiscent of the fairytale about "The Fisherman and his Wife", which might share some motifs with the song in that his wife constantly makes the fisherman ask for increasingly bigger wishes from a magical fish, until they ask for too much. It might as well be a coincidence, though.
    – Major Tom
    Jan 22, 2020 at 10:36


Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.