Das Boat

Lyrics

Das Boat
U-Boat

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Notes

1. One of the Fall's weird-out tracks, this one is part mesmerizing psych-out and part kitsch. The title is a hybrid of German and English that, when put together, means "The Boat." In full German, this (Das Boot) is the title of a 1973 German novel by Lothar-Günther Bucheim and its 1981 film adaptation, written and directed by Wolfgang Peterson. A U-Boat is a submarine (German Unterseeboot, literally "under-sea boat"). 

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Comments (4)

dannyno
  • 1. dannyno | 02/03/2017
Specifically, "U-Boat" is an abbreviation of "Unterseeboot", German for, literally, "Undersea Boat". Wikipedia notes that while in Germany "U-Boat" means submarines generally, for British English speakers it would represent specificallly German military submarines. In English it's uncommon to refer to, say, British or American submarines as "U-Boats".
bzfgt
  • 2. bzfgt (link) | 03/03/2017
I am flabbergasted--I cannot believe I have let this stand for four years without specifying "Unterseeboot!"
Geuz
  • 3. Geuz (link) | 08/04/2020
Since this song is at the album Reformation! Post TLC, is it to far fetched to assume that the submarine refers to Martin Luther, who officially started the Reformation?
bzfgt
  • 4. bzfgt (link) | 10/04/2020
Far fetched, I don't know...why would it refer to Luther? What is the connection? I mean, yes it's on Reformation, but so are other songs? Why don't they refer to Luther? Or do they? I'm not sure what your claim is

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