This song originated in Germany, but other countries have written new lyrics for the tune. In the United States, the song is about a family rowing a boat and having a happy time. This delightful mood is reflected in the arrangement of the words on the page as well as by the lovely watercolor illustrations. The melody is easy for children to follow and the orchestra beautifully expresses the song's playfulness. Children love to follow the melody in the Musicmap section, with its many striped fish swimming in the water.