Walkampf

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"Walkampf"
Single by Die Toten Hosen
from the album Zurück zum Glück
Released 22 November 2004
Genre Punk rock, folk punk
Length 3:34
Label JKP
Writer(s) Andreas Frege
Funny van Dannen
Die Toten Hosen singles chronology
"Ich bin die Sehnsucht in dir"
(2004)
"Walkampf"
(2004)
"Alles wird vorübergehen"
(2005)

"Walkampf" (Whale struggle) is a song by Die Toten Hosen. It's the second single and the thirteenth track from the album Zurück zum Glück. The title is a pun on the word "Wahlkampf", which means "election campaign" in German.

The song is about a dream by the narrator, where he finds a whale on a beach and struggles to push it back to the water, but doesn't have enough strength for that. All the time, he hears the waves, the sun shouting: "Push the whale back in the sea", which pressures him. He hopes to get help from a Greenpeace ship he sees, but right before his eyes, it sinks. The next day he has sore muscles and gets under the shower but then his girlfriend urges him to "push the whale back in the sea" and on it goes.

The song opens with a slow ukulele tune, progresses into a more aggressive punk style during the 2nd verse, with the bridge between the 2nd and third verse being overlaid with a background singer giving it a more surf rock style similar to a song by the Beach Boys, and the final verse and final chorus is accompanied by bagpipes, with the background singer returning at the very tail end of the song.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed and drawn by Andreas Hykade. It entirely illustrates the lyrics.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Walkampf" (Frege, van Dannen/van Dannen, Frege) − 3:34
  2. "Der letzte Sieg" (The last victory) (Meurer/Frege) - 1:35
  3. "Die No.1 von Flingern" (The No.1 of Flingern) (Frege/Frege) - 3:27 (with Beate Frege)

Charts[edit]

Year Country Position
2004 Germany 24
2004 Austria 10
2004 Switzerland 55

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