Halt mich (Hold me)

It’s Music Monday!


Happy December, folks ~ it’s nearly Christmas! I was going to post a festive tune, seeing as that this is my favourite time of year. However, for some reason this song popped back into my head. I don’t know why, I was just walking along the road, having dropped the boys at school, and there it was. It’s a very old song by an outstanding singer (and actor) very famous in Germany but you might not have heard about him. I really encourage you to listen and challenge you not to get goosebumps at the harmonies and the interplay between piano, vocals and bass.

I don’t normally post lyrics anymore but these are special, so find below a stab at a translation intended to convey how lyrical and beautiful this song really is. (If it fails to capture you wholly and completely, it’s my translation that’s at fault, not the song!)

PS ~ don’t be put off by the boxing. No idea what that’s got to do with anything. It’s not a boxing song!

PPS ~ tune back in next week for proper Christmas spirit and festive tunes!

I take my dreams at face value

Revel in fantasies

I caught myself in you, don’t quite know what’s happening to me

I warm myself at your voice and rest in your arms

Hold me just for a little while until I can fall asleep

I feel safe with you, I bet my heart on you

Want to enjoy every moment for now and ever more

You’re a good person to lean on,  you bring happiness to the brim

I surrender to you and you comfort me

I’m beside myself with joy, I want to drown in it with you

Headless, free of worry and completely weightless I want to lose myself in you

Cover me in tenderness

Take me quick, the night is short

Peaceful, crazy with love, overwhelmed by you

So glad that you exist

Come and talk to me, chatter away

I wanted to get sated listening to you, want to be with you forever

Fill me up with life, let me be in your arm

Hold me just for a little while until I can fall asleep

Hold me so that I can fall asleep

12 responses to “Halt mich (Hold me)

  1. A beautiful love song Nicky!

    [Unfair !!! That is what this is!!! Unfair !!! ]
    The link you gave can’t be played here in The States.
    It’s not because of you. I’ve tried to find another link for the same song, but they’re all being blocked by E.M.I.
    There’s nothing wrong with your translation, it’s basically what all the translations I’ve found say.
    Yet, I didn’t want to be left without some song of my own to post. So taking your translation, I believe I’ve found a song which comes close with the same message. It was a hit in the US in 1952, with a British version following in 1953. Hit also became a hit song with one of your favorite singers in 1965,

    • It’s gorgeous, thank you! And ~ wow, you speak German? I had no idea! Anyhoo, there are plenty of non-VEVO versions on YouTube, try search for

      groenemeyer halt mich

      on YouTube ~ they can’t all be blocked?? So sorry about that! XXXX Thanks for your persistence, sweetie, you rock!

  3. You’re right Nicky. After trying about six or seven links to no avail I went back to sleep. Just did another check and wouldn’t you know it my first attempt worked this time. Here’s the link I found :

    I told I had taken German in college albeit it has been almost 40 years since I took my last class,when I emailed you my thanks for doing the favor I’d ask for you to do. I still could translate a lot of the German lyrics I found [with the translation next to it] The problem I had in trying to listen to him sing is his dialect [if you know what I mean]

    BTW – just to let everyone know I’ve approved the cover for my debut novel and submitted all the text for it , this past Saturday. Just waiting to received the complete PDF.file for my book.

  4. I’ve yet to work out why the corporations block things on YouTube – especially when they are official – I thought they were all for getting new listeners to their door. Anyway, lovely lyrics and thanks for sharing them.

    • Linda ~ I’m so sorry about this! I didn’t know it wouldn’t work, there’s no ‘warning’ that this is a Europe link only. Or so it appears, at any rate. Listen, Robin Leigh Morgan found a link that worked for her in the US, it’s in the comment just above yours. If you feel like having a listen… Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment, and apologies for the disappointment. XX

  5. It didn’t work here in Canada either. Too bad. I would love to have heard it in German.

  6. Lovely lyrics and music, Nicky! I’m always a sucker for sax. (Yes, that’s an ‘a’…!)

    It’s a long time since I’ve spoken (or written) any German so I won’t humiliate myself by trying…. 😉

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