Steinwolke (Stonecloud) are another German New Wave band who are remembered as one hit wonders. Here is their big single “Katherine” from 1983. Actually these guys had a history, and they played a sophisticated kind of prog/jazz/folk fusion before jumping on the NDW bandwagon.


Komm mit zu mir
Zu mir heut Nacht
Ich habe die ganze Zeit 
Nur an dich gedacht
Die Straße ist kalt 
Im Neonlicht
Der Regen fällt
Doch das stört mich nicht

Katherine, Katherine
Komm mit zu mir
Mit meiner Luxuslimousine 
Fahren wir zu mir
Katherine, Katherine 
Was ist los mit dir?
Steig in die Luxuslimousine
Und wir fahren zu mir

Die Leute drehen sich um
Haben uns noch nie gesehen
Ich frag mich bloß warum 
Alle im Gleichschritt gehen
Dass wir uns verstehen 
Habe ich gleich gewusst
Denn deine Augen leuchten 
Voller Liebeslust


Come with me
To me tonight
I spend the whole time 
Only thinking of you
The street is cold 
In neon light
The rain is falling
But that doesn’t bother me 

Katherine, Katherine 
Come with me
In my limousine 
We’ll drive together
Katherine, Katherine
What's wrong with you?
Get in the limousine 
And we’ll drive together

The people turn around
They have never seen us
I’m just wondering why
They’re all marching together
That we understand each other
I knew at once
Because your eyes are shining
Full of love and desire



The imperative in German (the informal ‘you’ form) for regular verbs can be formed just by chopping off the –en of the infinitive.

‘Come!’ is thus ‘Komm!’ (from the verb kommen), and they sound almost identical.

The pattern is rather similar to Spanish, where you say ‘¡Ven!’ (from the verb venir).

Also note the different first person singular pronouns in the song. We have Ich (I), Mich (My, direct objects) and Mir (to Me, indirect objects). Similarly for the second person singular (informal) we have Du, Dich and Dir.

Doch das stört mich nicht – But that doesn’t bother me

Komm mit zu mir – Come with me

Nur an dich gedacht – Only thinking of you

Was ist los mit dir? – What’s wrong with you?

This is the tip of a grammatical iceberg, but you have to start somewhere…



Bm (G – F#, bass only)


D – Dsus – D – A 

Bm – Bm – Bm – A (repeat)


G – Bm – A – D 

Bm – Bm – A – D (repeat)


G – D – A – G – D

Bm – Bm – A – D (x2)

G – D – A 

NB Above Bm is the standard chord based on B natural. 
However, in German notation B refers to Bb, and B natural is marked as H, 
thus Germans would write the Bm chord above as Hm. 
Famously this system allowed Bach to spell out his name as a four note motif (Bb – A – C – Bnat).

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