Die See
Carike Keuzenkamp Lyrics


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As pappa in sy motor ry en jy sit agter hom
En jy hoor hoe draai die wiele al om en om en om
Dan weet jy dis vakansie
Vakansie by die see
Hartenbos of Buffelsbaai, die Weskus of Natal
Strandfontein of Wille kus, vakansie by die see

(Maar oppas vir die see)
(Dit kan gevaarlik wees)
(Daar's reëls wat jy moet weet)
(Jy mag dit nooit vergeet)
(Sê jou naam en sing dit saam, want jy moet dit onthou)

Jy moet nooit alleen gaan swem nie met net 'n grootmens aan jou sy
Speel in die vlak, vlak water waar die krappies en die klipvis bly
Want daar's haaie in die diep see en jy is mos nog klein
Daar's seestrome wat sterk is en mense laat verdwyn
So bly in die vlak vlak water want jy's nog baie klein

Smeer jou lyf met sonbrand olie want die son brand baie seer
Sit 'n hoedjie op jou kop
Om die sonstrale te keer
Wees by die huis voor donker sodat niemand na jou soek

Die see is baie lekker maar jy moet hom respekteer
En hou net by die reëls
Dan sal niks met jou gebeur





Dan sal niks met jou gebeur
Want dis lekker by die see

Overall Meaning

The verses in Carike Keuzenkamp's song, "Die A B C," are a guide for children on how to survive a beach holiday without incident. The song starts with the image of a father and child on their way to the seaside, the sound of the wheels turning, signaling their arrival. The chorus emphasizes that they're going on vacation at the sea, and the child has many choices: from Heartenbos and Buffelsbaai to Strandfontein and Wille Kus. However, the refrain issues a warning: Beware of the sea because it can be dangerous, and there are rules that you must follow. You must say your name and sing it together because you must not forget it.


The second verse highlights specific instructions on how to enjoy the sea without risking one's safety. Children are cautioned not to swim alone, with only an adult by their side, and to play only in shallow waters. They are reminded that they are small compared to the size of the ocean and warned about the hidden dangers of sharks and strong sea currents. Finally, the lyrics conclude that respect for the sea is crucial, and if you follow the rules, nothing terrible will happen to you. Therefore, although the sea is cherished, safety procedures should still be observed and respected.


Line by Line Meaning

As pappa in sy motor ry en jy sit agter hom
When you're riding in the car with your dad and sitting behind him


En jy hoor hoe draai die wiele al om en om en om
And you hear the wheels spinning round and round


Dan weet jy dis vakansie
Then you know it's vacation


Vakansie by die see
Vacation by the sea


Hartenbos of Buffelsbaai, die Weskus of Natal
Hartenbos or Buffelsbaai, the West Coast or Natal


Strandfontein of Wille kus, vakansie by die see
Strandfontein or Wille kus, vacation by the sea


(Maar oppas vir die see)
(But beware of the sea)


(Dit kan gevaarlik wees)
(It can be dangerous)


(Daar's reëls wat jy moet weet)
(There are rules you must know)


(Jy mag dit nooit vergeet)
(You should never forget)


(Sê jou naam en sing dit saam, want jy moet dit onthou)
(Say your name and sing it, because you must remember it)


Jy moet nooit alleen gaan swem nie met net 'n grootmens aan jou sy
You must never go swimming alone, only with an adult by your side


Speel in die vlak, vlak water waar die krappies en die klipvis bly
Play in the shallow water where the small fish and rockfish live


Want daar's haaie in die diep see en jy is mos nog klein
Because there are sharks in the deep sea and you're still small


Daar's seestrome wat sterk is en mense laat verdwyn
There are strong sea currents that make people disappear


So bly in die vlak vlak water want jy's nog baie klein
So stay in the shallow water because you're still very small


Smeer jou lyf met sonbrand olie want die son brand baie seer
Cover your body with sunscreen because the sun burns very hot


Sit 'n hoedjie op jou kop
Put a hat on your head


Om die sonstrale te keer
To avoid the sun rays


Wees by die huis voor donker sodat niemand na jou soek
Be home before dark so nobody has to search for you


Die see is baie lekker maar jy moet hom respekteer
The sea is very nice, but you must respect it


En hou net by die reëls
And just follow the rules


Dan sal niks met jou gebeur
Then nothing will happen to you


Want dis lekker by die see
Because it's nice by the sea




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