Nena is one of the most popular female pop-rock singers in Germany, but in the UK she is mainly remembered as a one hit wonder for her song “99 Red Balloons” (1983). This song is from “Eisbrecher” (1986) the fourth album she recorded with her band of the same name. The album flopped, even in Germany, and the band broke up. However it includes some good songs, including this ballad which went on to become a regular part of Nena’s solo live sets. Plus, it has some really simple lyrics!


Ich weiß nicht wo du wohnst
Ich weiß nicht wer du bist
Ich weiß nicht was du machst
Und ich weiß nicht wen du küsst
Aber trotzdem gehören wir zusammen
Wir gehören zusammen
Ich weiß wir gehören zusammen
Wie die Sonne und der Mond
Wie die Wolken und das Meer
Wie der Sommer und der Herbst
Gehören wir zusammen…

...wir gehören zusammen

Wir haben unsere Meinungen
Wir haben unsern Streit
Es tut mir manchmal weh
Doch es tut mir niemals leid
Denn irgendwie gehören wir zusammen
Wir gehören zusammen
Ich fühl' wir gehören zusammen


I don't know where you live
I don't know who you are
I don't know what you do
And I don't know who you kiss
But anyway we belong together
We belong together
I know we belong together
Like the sun and the moon
Like the clouds and the sea
Like the summer and the autumn
We belong together…

…we belong together
We have our opinions
We have our disagreements
It sometimes hurts me
But I never feel sorry
Because somehow we belong together
We belong together
I feel we belong together



This song contains four simple examples of German question words that begin with ‘w’ in the first verse.

Wo – where

Wer – who (Nominative case)

Was – what

Wen – who (Accusative case)

What are the German cases? When I started learning German I had no idea, and in my first German class the teacher just wrote on the board Wer, Wen, Wem, as if this explained everything. Yet in English all these words translate as Who!

The Nominative case is the simplest of the cases in German. It is used for subjects, and is used with the verb Sein (to be). German for case is Fell, and this case is also known as der Werfell.

e.g. Wer du bist (who you are).

The Accusative case (or der Wenfall) is used for direct objects. In many ways it is easier to learn which verbs (and prepositions) go with each case. Here küssen (to kiss) goes with the Accusative.

e.g. Wen du küsst (who you kiss).

Here is a slightly different, hopefully clearer, example.

e.g. Sie küsst mich (she kisses me).

If I used the Nominative case I would get “Sie küsst ich” (she kisses I) which is wrong.

Though there are no examples in the song, it is also important to know Wem, the who word for the Dative. Note the ‘m’ at the end, which is one of the features of this case. The Dative case (or der Wemfall) is used for indirect objects.

e.g. Wem gehört die Tasche? (who does the bag belong to).

Here you could also translate Wem as ‘to whom’… does the bag belong to. You need to learn which verbs (and prepositions) go with this case. For example Mit (with) always goes with the Dative.

e.g. Komm mit zu mir! (come with me!)

“Komm mit zu ich” (Nominative) and “Komm mit zu mich” (Accusative) are both wrong!

The Genitive case (or der Wesfall) is the fourth and final case in German. It is used to show possession, a bit like the possessive ’s in English.

e.g. Das Auto meines Bruder (my brother’s car)

However, in spoken German this is usually replaced with von plus the Dative.

e.g. Das Auto von meinem Bruder (my brother’s car)


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