“99 Luftballons” (German: Neunundneunzig Luftballons, “99 balloons”) is a song by the German NDW band Nena from their 1983 self-titled album. An English-language version titled “99 Red Balloons”, with lyrics by Kevin McAlea, was also released on the album 99 Luftballons in 1984 after widespread success of the original in Europe and Japan. The English version is not a direct translation of the German original and contains lyrics with a somewhat different meaning. We are playing the version by the band Goldfinger – as that was most of our first introduction to this sone – we hope you enjoy it!