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Top Ten Renditions of "Nessaja"

“Nessaja”, also known as “Ich wollte nie erwachsen sein” (“I never wanted to be adult”) or “Nessajas Lied” (“Nessaja's Song”), is a song by Romanian-German singer-songwriter Peter Maffay first released in 1983 as the closing track of his concept album “Tabaluga oder: Die Reise zur Vernunft”. It was composed by Maffay himself, with the original German lyrics having been written by Rolf Zuckowski. In the context of the album, which is based around a young dragon called Tabaluga who is on a journey to find what reason means, the song is sung by the wise old turtle Nessaja who tells Tabaluga that even after all these years, he has always remained a child inside and never really wanted to grow up in the first place. The song has a slightly melancholic and nostalgic in feeling, having a somewhat bittersweet tone, that becomes more positive throughout its duration, and can be understood in its entirety without knowing the rest of the album. After the success of the album, Tabaluga became a very popular children's character in various cartoons, books, musicals, etc., that everybody knows, to an extent that little people know that he originated from a music album by a popular and acknowledged musician that ironically is just as famous himself. However, this is completely unrelated to the song's success. “Nessaja” has become a very well known and much performed evergreen over the years with most people not knowing its original context in the album. The lyrics about staying true to your inner child until you die (translated from the German: “somewhere deep inside me / I remained a child / only then when I can't feel it anymore / I know it's too late for me”), which may also stand for freedom and being unspoiled by society's pressure, has touched people, and it's a moving and very melodic song to cover live. The song initially only charted at number 17, but due to the many performances by Maffay and other artists, it became a classic tune later on, and probably one of the most famous German songs of all time. International audiences are most likely rather familiar with Scooter's trance-style cover version that was featured in the very first moments of the comedy movie “Brüno”. The rendition is also the commercially most successful version of the song, having charted in various different countries, often in the top ten, and having peaked at number one in Germany.

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