JIM KROFT (UK)
“Bahnhof Friedrichstrasse” is the lead single from Jim Kroft’s new album “Love in the Face of Fear” (November 2019).
Written in the anxiety of having forcibly to leave Germany in the wake of Brexit, the song is a reflection of Jim’s last 12 years in the country.
In it he remembers arriving in Berlin in 2007 with nothing but his van, amplifier and guitar, and the first years squatting while trying to make a reputation as a rock n roll artist. He remembers the desperation he felt while wrestling with the loss of his own past “having a panic attack under Bahnhof Friedrichstrasse when I arrived” and how at the moment of greatest despair he was taken in by the Tacheles Arts Community, where he played hundreds of gigs.
It is this “Gastfreundschaft” which has characterised Jim’s experience of living in Germany, and in this, the song is a love letter to his adopted country.
It is made all the more poignant by the fear of having life disrupted by the rise of populism and the onset of Brexit. The chorus is written from the perspective of this potential enforced exile - and the realisation that Germany has indeed become his true home:
“So bye bye Bahnhof Friedrichstrasse, don’t forget me,
You notice I’m leaving, I carry you with me
I never really new where I was going to,
till I first arrived with you
So bye bye Bahnhof Friedrichstaße, don’t forget me”
“Bahnhof Friedrichstrasse” is a song born from the cultural soul of Germany’s impact upon one of its guests - a guest who it has treasured, and whose welcome had defined the life of not just Jim Kroft, but so many beyond him