Das Narrenschiff - Mey, Reinhard


Das Narrenschiff is a famous song by Reinhard Mey, a notable German singer-songwriter known for his thoughtful and often politically charged lyrics. This course will explore various aspects of "Das Narrenschiff," including its historical context, lyrical content, and its place in Mey's musical career. You'll delve into how the song reflects social and political issues, the poetic devices used, and Mey's unique style of storytelling through music.

Background and Context

Reinhard Mey, born in 1942, is a prominent figure in German "Liedermacher" tradition, a movement akin to the singer-songwriter genre but with a strong focus on lyrical content. "Das Narrenschiff," released in 1998, stands out as one of Mey's most impactful works.

  1. Reinhard Mey's Career: Learn about Mey's musical journey and his influence on German music.
  2. Liedermacher Movement: Discover the roots and significance of this unique musical tradition in Germany.
  3. 1990s Germany: Explore the socio-political climate of Germany in the 1990s, providing context to the song's themes.

Analysis of Lyrics

"Das Narrenschiff" is lauded for its insightful lyrics, which critique societal and political issues. The song uses the metaphor of a ship of fools to comment on human folly and the state of the world.

  1. Metaphor in Music: Understand how metaphors are used in songwriting to convey deeper meanings.
  2. Social Critique: Explore how music can be a powerful tool for social and political commentary.
  3. Analyzing "Das Narrenschiff" : A detailed look at the lyrics and their implications.

Musical Composition

The musical composition of "Das Narrenschiff" is integral to its storytelling. Mey's composition style combines simplicity with emotional depth.

  1. Music Theory Basics: Basics of music theory to appreciate the song's composition.
  2. Storytelling Through Music: Explore how music and lyrics work together to tell a story.
  3. Mey's Composition Style: Delve into the specific elements that define Mey's musical style.

Interactive Tasks

Quiz: Questions on the song

What year was "Das Narrenschiff" released? (1998) (!1972) (!1985) (!2001)

Quiz: Questions on the Performer

Which musical movement is Reinhard Mey associated with? (Liedermacher) (!Rock) (!Pop) (!Jazz)

Quiz: Questions on the lyrics

What is the primary metaphor used in "Das Narrenschiff"? (Ship of fools) (!Train journey) (!Astronaut in space) (!Deserted island)


Reinhard Mey German Singer-Songwriter
Das Narrenschiff 1998
Liedermacher German Singer-Songwriter Movement
Metaphor Ship of fools
Music Theory Composition of "Das Narrenschiff"

Open Tasks


  1. Explore Reinhard Mey's Discography: Listen to different songs by Reinhard Mey and notice the common themes and styles.
  2. Metaphors in Music: Find other songs that use metaphors and compare them to "Das Narrenschiff".


  1. Song Analysis: Write an essay analyzing the lyrics of "Das Narrenschiff" and its social commentary.
  2. Musical Composition Study: Analyze the musical composition of "Das Narrenschiff" and how it complements the lyrics.


  1. Create Your Own Song: Write and compose a song inspired by Reinhard Mey's style, focusing on a current social issue.
  2. Research Liedermacher Movement: Conduct a research project on the Liedermacher movement and its impact on German music.

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Oral Exam

  1. Discuss the Role of Music in Social Commentary: Reflect on how music can influence societal thoughts and actions.
  2. Compare and Contrast: Compare "Das Narrenschiff" with another politically charged song from a different era or region.

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