While recording Country Life, Ferry went to Portugal on vacation with Antony Price and Eric Boman so he could have peace to write lyrics. There they met two German girls in a bar, Constanze Karoli and Eveline Grunwald. They befriended the girls and together they all went on boat excursions on the Algarve coast. Ferry asked them if they would pose for the album cover. Ferry had already decided to call the album Country Life -- after the British magazine for the gentry -- and he wanted the cover to contrast with "the usual Country Life magazine photography, where you normally have characters shooting ducks or jumping over fences in top hats." When he suggested a half-nude photo session on the beach, he says, the women "were very keen to do the job."
The girls later translated the lyrics to "Bitter-Sweet" into German, which Ferry sings on the record.
...Nein--das ist nicht
Das Ende der Welt
Gestrandet an Leben und Kunst
Und das Spiel geht weiter
Wie man weiss,
Noch viele schönste...wiedersehn...
...No, this is not the end of the world
Stranded in life and art
and the world keeps turning
as one knows,
still very many beautiful meetings