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If you haven't already seen it, take a look. Rammstein is releasing a new album shortly, in the meanwhile they released this single. There's a lot to unpack in this music video but a few things struck me as significant. The scene with the Fau-2s taking off with a concentration camp were significant, the scene where Germania gives birth to dogs instead oh humans is significant as well. I've seen a couple of interpretations of that one; one is that the German Shepherds represent modern consumers, another is that this is a reference to migrants slowly replacing the German population. The ending is fairly pessimistic, Germany is ill, and its future might hold merely a slow death, among monuments of past glory, and the weight of the violence and destruction in German history (the U-boat, and the statues, aboard the space ship).

 

EDIT: @Abdel I'm curious what your take on this would be.

Lyrics here.

 

English translation:
 

You (you have, you have, you have, you have)

Cried a lot (cried, cried, cried, cried)

Separated in mind (separated, separated, separated, separated)

United in heart (united, united, united, united)

We (we are, we are, we are, we are, we are)

Have been together for a very long time (you’re all1, you’re all, you’re all, you’re all)

Your breath cold (so cold, so cold, so cold, so cold)

The heart in flames (so hot, so hot, so hot, so hot)

You (you can, you can, you can, you can)

I (I know, I know, I know, I know)

We (we are, we are, we are, we are, we are)

You all (you all remain, you all remain, you all remain, you all remain)

 

Germany - my heart in flames

I want to love you and to condemn you

Germany - your breath cold

So young and yet so old

Germany!

 

I (you have, you have, you have, you have)

I never want to leave you (you cry, you cry, you cry, you cry)

One can love you (you love, you love, you love, you love)

And want to hate you (you hate, you hate, you hate, you hate)

Arrogant, superior

Take over, hand over

Surprise, assault

Germany, Germany above all2

 

Germany - my heart in flames

I want to love you and to condemn you

Germany - your breath cold

So young and yet so old

Germany - your love

is a curse and a blessing

Germany - my love

I cannot give you

Germany!

Germany!

 

You

I

We

You all

You (overpowering, superfluous)

I (superhuman, sick and tired)

We (whoever rises high falls hard)

You all (Germany, Germany above all)

 

Germany - my heart in flames

I want to love you and to condemn you

Germany - your breath cold

So young and yet so old

Germany - your love

is a curse and a blessing

Germany - my love

I cannot give you

Germany!

 

Original German:

Du (du hast, du hast, du hast, du hast)
Hast viel geweint (geweint, geweint, geweint, geweint)
Im Geist getrennt (getrennt, getrennt, getrennt, getrennt)
Im Herz vereint (vereint, vereint, vereint, vereint)
Wir (wir sind, wir sind, wir sind, wir sind)
Sind schon sehr lang zusammen (ihr seid, ihr seid, ihr seid, ihr seid)
Dein Atem kalt (so kalt, so kalt, so kalt, so kalt)
Das Herz in Flammen (so heiß, so heiß, so heiß, so heiß)
Du (du kannst, du kannst, du kannst, du kannst)
Ich (ich weiß, ich weiß, ich weiß, ich weiß)
Wir (wir sind, wir sind, wir sind, wir sind)
Ihr (ihr bleibt, ihr bleibt, ihr bleibt, ihr bleibt)

 

Deutschland – mein Herz in Flammen
Will dich lieben und verdammen
Deutschland – dein Atem kalt
So jung – und doch so alt
Deutschland!

 

Ich (du hast, du hast, du hast, du hast)
Ich will dich nie verlassen (du weinst, du weinst, du weinst, du weinst)
Man kann dich lieben (du liebst, du liebst, du liebst, du liebst)
Und will dich hassen (du hasst, du hasst, du hasst, du hasst)
Überheblich, überlegen
Übernehmen, übergeben
Überraschen, überfallen
Deutschland, Deutschland über allen

 

Deutschland – mein Herz in Flammen
Will dich lieben und verdammen
Deutschland – dein Atem kalt
So jung – und doch so alt
Deutschland – deine Liebe
Ist Fluch und Segen
Deutschland – meine Liebe
Kann ich dir nicht geben
Deutschland!
Deutschland!

 

Du
Ich
Wir
Ihr
Du (übermächtig, überflüssig)
Ich (Übermenschen, überdrüssig)
Wir (wer hoch steigt, der wird tief fallen)
Ihr (Deutschland, Deutschland über allen)
 

Deutschland – dein Herz in Flammen
Will dich lieben und verdammen
Deutschland – mein Atem kalt
So jung – und doch so alt
Deutschland – deine Liebe
Ist Fluch und Segen
Deutschland – meine Liebe
Kann ich dir nicht geben
Deutschland!

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Figured you would like ramstein as a russian

 

OY VEY ANTI SEMITISM

 

 

 

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Posted (edited)

Are people really going out of their way to be offended by Rammstein these days? They've always been a bit edgy with their videos, but the lyrics honestly remind me of the Russian sentiment that was translated from something Putin said in 2005 roughly equates to "People in Russia say that those who do not regret the collapse of the Soviet Union have no heart, and those that do regret it have no brain". I would draw a parallel that like Putin, perhaps Rammstein is saying that the people are scared of being becoming proud and powerful again because it might lead them to repeat their mistakes. Unlike the Germans, Putin's continuation from the idea of national pride in their past was to move forward and improve themselves, using the past as a compass to steer themselves away from the same mistakes without dismissing the good that came along with the bad. I might be talking out of my arse but this song really did remind me of Putin's quote, though the lead-on was a lot less optimistic.

 

For reference, Putin's lead-on was "We do not regret this, we simply state the fact and know that we need to look ahead, not backwards. We will not allow the past to drag us down and stop us from moving ahead. We understand where we should move. But we must act based on a clear understanding of what happened..."

 

What I don't understand is, why is anybody getting offended over it? Rammstein's visuals have always been edgy, though I must admit the black woman's usage confused me. Was the insinuation that the worst atrocities committed by the German peoples were lead by foreigners, as with the Austrian, Adolf Hitler? I wish I knew more about all of the referenced events in the video.

 

EDIT: I watched pona's video, and agree OY VEY. Bring horror of the holocaust to young people? They're pushing holocaust shit here in Australia and other countries to younger people, "incitement to violence"? How incredibly hypocritical and missing the point I think. Maybe Israelis just don't want other people monetizing it?

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I think it's an excellent music video and their use of holocaust imagery is highly significant and relevant to the message. I think the people criticizing this video for use of Holocaust imagery either missed the point, or don't like the point and are trying to take the conversation away from what Rammstein is saying.

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