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

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

Well it ends in the way expected, a little later a distress cruiser finds the lifebelt of the boat were it sunk, since the weather was far too strong.

Here is a link to the songtext on the site of Reinhard Mey: http://www.reinhard-mey.de/start/texte/alben/der-fischer-und-der-boss

And here it is on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZrBmi4Trck

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.

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