Rammstein Gib mir deine Augen lyric with English translation

Schenk mir was
lass etwas hier
lass bitte etwas hier von dir
ein paar Tränen wären Fein
reib mich Abends damit ein
die Träne fliest doch fließt sie schwach
ich schlage zu und Helfe nach
und wenn ich schon um Wasser bitt
nehme ich doch gleich die Brunnen mit
 
gib mir deine Augen
gib mir dein Licht
schenk mir deine Tränen
die Seele will ich nicht
schenk mir was
schenk mir was
ich bitte sehr
deine Schenkel hängen schwer
nimm die Lippen vom Gesicht
riechen schlecht brauche ich nicht
die Augen sind der Seele Pforten
will sie pflegen will sie horten
nun das Glück liegt im Verzicht
gib sie her Du brauchst sie nicht
 
gib mir deine Augen
gib mir dein Licht
schenk mir deine Tränen
die Seele will ich nicht
gib mir deine Augen
 
gib mir dein Licht
schenk mir deine Tränen
die Seele will ich nicht
schenk mir was
schenk mir was
schenk mir was
 
Aus den Augenhöhlen will sich die Seele stehlen
ich stopfe stück für stück die Seele in den Kopf zurück
gib mir deine Augen
gib mir dein Licht
schenk mir deine Tränen
die Seele will ich nicht
gib mir deine Augen
gib mir dein Licht
schenk mir deine Tränen
Doch weinen sollst Du nicht

Lyric © Rammstein
Donate something to me
Leave something here
Please, leave here something yours
One pair of tears would be nice
Rub me with that on the evening
Tear flows, however flows too weakly (not enough)
I´m beating to help
And when I almost beg for water
I take the fountain (well) with me

Give me your eyes
Give me your light
Donate me your tears
I don´t want the soul
Donate me something
Donate me something

I beg so much
Your thighs hang heavy
Take the lips from the face
Smelling bad I don´t need
Eyes are gates to the soul
It* wants to care (of), it* wants to hoard
Only the happiness now lies in disclaimer
Give it* here (to me), you don? need it*

Give me your eyes
Give me your light
Donate me your tears
I don´t want the soul
Give me your eyes
Give me your light
Donate me your tears
I don´t want the soul
Donate me something
Donate me something
Donate me something

Out of eyes hollow, the soul wants to sneak
I stuff, piece by piece, the soul back to the head
Give me your eyes
Give me your light
Donate me your tears
I don´t want the soul
Give me your eyes
Give me your light
Donate me your tears
Yet, you should not cry.

Translation © Affenknecht.com

* “sie” can either reffer to the soul or to the lady being tortured. So it can also be “it” as the soul during the whole song… “gib sie her Du brauchst sie nicht” can therefore be:
“give it here (to me), you don´t need it” |taking the soul from the lady/man|
“give her to me, you don´t need her” |taking the lady from the soul|
“Schenk mir was” literally means “give me a gift of something”

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  • DarthUno

    I wish they would’ve ended it like they did in the demo version.

  • Juunanagou17

    Hey Hey 🙂

    Thanks for translating so many lyrics. I appreciate it and I know it’s hard due to the rather lyrical way they are written.
    I’d like to make some suggestions for this lyric, though, if you don’t mind 🙂

    “Donate something to me” sounds a bit wrong, since ‘to donate’ would be ‘spenden’ which is a different word and meaning all together.
    “Give me something” would be the correct translation, I think, with the side note that the ‘give’ is related to ‘to give a present’ not to ‘to hand something over’. While still used in an imperative structure it’s a subtle difference, since the ‘give me something’ in relation to ‘to give a present’ carries the make-believe willingness of the gift-giver to present something for free that the giver choose by him/herself (I hope I am not too confusing right now) compared to a ‘give me something’ in the pure sense of ‘handing something over’ which carries the sense of will of the receiving party more than the one of the giving party.

    This also works well with the singers suggestion concerning the gift/present, the “Ein paar Tränen wären fein”. “One pair of tears would be nice” is actually, in this case, “A few tears would be nice”. ‘Ein paar’ in here works as an undefined number, not as ‘2’ (if it is written with a lower case letter it should be translated as ‘a few’, if it is written with a capital letter it’s ‘A pair’ 🙂 ).

    Going back to “Please, leave here something of you” I’d go with “Please, leave something of yours here” it sounds a bit better and works better with the ‘flow’.

    “Reib mich abends damit ein” is not an imperative. This sentence just leaves out the ‘Ich’ at the beginning and would therefore be ‘(I) rub it/them in(,) in the evening’ (them, since he is talking about the tears, which is plural).

    ‘Die Träne fließt, doch fließt sie schwach’ is ‘the tear is flowing, but it flows weakly’ not ‘too weakly’ since that would be ‘doch fließt sie zu schwach’.

    ‘Ich schlage zu und helfe nach’ is indeed a bit harder to translate, but I’d go with ‘to punch’ since it describes a single motion, not the multiple ones described with ‘a beating’ (maybe “I pack a punch and help along” would work fine).

    “Und wenn ich schon um Wasser bitt” is not describing a sort of desperate ‘almost to the limit’ situation, so ‘And when I almost beg for water” would be wrong. It’s more ‘And since I am already asking for water” followed up with “I am also (simply) going to take the wells with me” :).

    As mentioned in the beginning, at the ‘Schenk mir deine Tränen’ part I’d go with ‘give me your tears’ (again related to the ‘present/gift’ thing, compared to the more ‘forceful’ sounding “Gib mir deine Augen”).

    “Ich bitte sehr” in this case is not reeeaaally related to begging, but more to ‘request’. The closest I’d get to translating this correctly would be using ‘Pretty please’ though the German version uses a more formal structure.

    at the “Take the lips from the face” change the second ‘the’ to ‘your’, that is what it actually means 🙂 Also, the next part is “(They) smell bad, I don’t need (them)”. Though omitted in the German structure, the ‘They’ and ‘them’ should be put in the translation.

    For lyrical reasons I’d go with “The eyes are the soul’s gates” which is basically the word-to-word translation. The structure has a different sort of feeling to it and can be successfully translated to English 🙂

    Now to the part that actually wanted me to suggest some alterations/corrections.

    ‘sie’ in the next few sentences is ‘the eyes’ not, like in your authors comment, a female person or ‘the soul’. It’s ‘the eyes’ the singer wants to collect. He is referring to the, in the previous part of the sentence mentioned, subject of said sentence which is ‘die Augen’.
    The ‘pflegen’ in this part is a bit tricky since it carries the sense of ‘to take care of’ or ‘to care for’ something as what a nurse would do but also a form of cherishing. but I’d probably also go with “(I) want to take care of them, (I) want to hoard them”, though the ‘horten’ carries more of a “I want to treasure them up” sense, but that would destroy the flow.

    I don’t really get what you mean with “Only the happiness now lies in disclaimer” but I’d probably use “Well, happiness lies in relinquishment” though that sounds kinda weird, as well. “Das Glück liegt im Verzicht” has more of a proverb structure so it’s not as easy to translate directly but I think ‘relinquishment’ carries the closest meaning to what the German lyric wants to display.

    Since he is still talking about ‘the eyes’ the next part changes to ‘Give them to me, you don’t need them’.

    Now to the last stanza:

    ‘Augenhölen’ is eye sockets, which changes the first part of the line from ‘Out of the eyes hollow’ to ‘Through the eye sockets’.

    In the next line, the singer wants to stuff something back IN, so ‘into the head’ sounds better than ‘to the head’ :).

    Last, but not least, though “Yet you should not cry” is not wrong per se, ‘but’ instead of ‘yet’ sounds a little bit better. If you want to adhere a bit more to the original structure, try to go with “But crying you should not”.

    Well… I am probably totally sounding like a douche bag with all the stuff I ‘corrected’ ._.
    I don’t mean any harm, I really love Rammstein’s lyrics and I know how damned hard they are to translate (all that fairytale like structure *grumbles*). I hope you can forgive me that I went out a bit more than I probably should have. Still I hope it’s and clears up some of the more quirky things in regards to the content x).

    Thanks a lot for providing a translation 🙂

  • Dave (EinHeisserSchrei)

    @ Alex & Miette –

    That’s exactly what I did with my translation (i.e. it made sense) but for some reason it was deleted and my notes left. That right there is why I’m not going to bother my hole to translate anything for this site again. I did a lot of LIFAD translations and all for no thanks. At least those were left there…

  • Miette

    I agree with Alex, I would also like to see a poetic translation officially submitted.

  • Alex

    I agree with Hans. Plus, the translation needs to be less literal and more written so it makes sense in English. I.e. “out of the eyes hollow” sounds really awkward and weird. It should something along the lines out “out of the eye sockets” or something. I understand doing a literal translation first then fixing it to it makes sense, but this translation seems half-assed.

  • Hans

    what’s the use of people leaving notes if the translation doesn’t change?

  • RAK

    Give me something,
    leave something here
    Please leave something of yours here
    A few tears would be fine
    I rub myself with them in the evening

    The tears flow though they flow weakly
    I beat you to help along
    And if I have to ask for water
    I’ll take the wells with me after all

    Give me your eyes
    Give me your light
    Give me your tears
    The soul I do not want

    Give me something, please
    Your thighs hang heavily
    Take your lips from my face
    The bad smell, I do not need***

    The eyes are the soul gates
    want to care for them , want to hoarde them
    Now happiness, lies in sacrifice
    Give them to me, you do not need them

    Give me your eyes
    Give me your light
    Give me your tears
    The soul I do not want

    Give me your eyes
    Give me your light
    Give me your tears
    The soul I do not want

    Give me Something

    Give me Something

    Give me Something

    From your Eye-sockets.
    Your soul wants to steal away
    piece by piece, I cram
    the soul back in your head

    Give me your eyes
    Give me your light
    Give me your tears
    the soul I do not want

    Give me your eyes
    Give me your light
    Give me your tears
    But you shall not cry

  • Dave (EinHeisserSchrei)

    I spent a good bit of time and effort translating this and besides the fact that it wasn’t used, it’s been deleted and my translation notes left. Why?

  • Hans

    Schenk mir was = give me something
    reib mich Abends damit ein = rub it on me in the evening
    Augenhöhlen means the holes in where the eyes are. “eye-sockets” if you will.

    Doch weinen sollst Du nicht = but you will not cry / won’t cry

  • Harris

    I believe this song is about loving someone for his appearance and not care about his soul, his inside world, I mean if he’s a good or a bad person. Then when “Till” is “done” with the person either sexually or lovingly he doesn’t care if he breaks that person’s heart.

    OR: This song is about making someone love you and deticate himself to you, or even suffer for you just for you to feel special and beautiful then throw him away.

  • Dave (EinHeisserSchrei)

    TRANSLATION NOTES:

    I think “Schenk mir was” literally means “give me a gift of something” but I though “give me something” just fitted better.

  • Rorschach

    OK, i tried to translate according to my interpretation of the song – torture of a young lady. Nevertheless, as always in Till’s lyrics, the interpretation is up to you and so is the translation. Isn´t that what we all love about Rammstein? 🙂 I hope my translation will be helpful as an inducement for your ideas… 🙂

    So, here it is:

    Donate something to me
    Leave something here
    Please, leave here something yours
    One pair of tears would be nice
    Rub me with that on the evening
    Tear flows, however flows too weakly (not enough)
    I´m beating to help
    And when I almost beg for water
    I take the fountain (well) with me

    Give me your eyes
    Give me your light
    Donate me your tears
    I don´t want the soul

    Donate me something
    Donate me something

    I beg so much
    Your thighs hang heavy
    Take the lips from the face
    Smelling bad I don´t need
    Eyes are gates to the soul
    It* wants to care (of), it* wants to hoard
    Only the happiness now lies in disclaimer
    Give it* here (to me), you don? need it*

    Give me your eyes
    Give me your light
    Donate me your tears
    I don´t want the soul

    Give me your eyes
    Give me your light
    Donate me your tears
    I don´t want the soul

    Donate me something
    Donate me something
    Donate me something

    Out of eyes hollow, the soul wants to sneak
    I stuff, piece by piece, the soul back to the head

    Give me your eyes
    Give me your light
    Donate me your tears
    I don´t want the soul
    Give me your eyes
    Give me your light
    Donate me your tears
    Yet, you should not cry.

    * “sie” can either reffer to the soul or to the lady being tortured (in my interpretation). So it can also be “it” as the soul during the whole song… “gib sie her Du brauchst sie nicht” can therefore be:
    “give it here (to me), you don´t need it” |taking the soul from the lady/man|
    “give her to me, you don´t need her” |taking the lady from the soul|
    Anyway, as I think about it further, it is probably “sie” as for the soul… Which in German is “she soul” so that is why “sie – she”

    Of course, any ideas for different translation are welcomed! 🙂

  • Foenii

    Give me something
    leave something here
    please leave something of you here
    a few tears would be great
    I rub me in with them at night
    the tear flows but it flows weakly
    I strike and help out
    and when I ask to have water
    I even take the fountain

    Give me your eyes
    give me your light
    give me your tears
    I don’t want the soul
    Give me something
    Give me something
    I’m very begging
    your legs are hanging heavily
    take your lips out of your face
    they smell bad, I don’t need them
    the eyes are the soul’s doors
    I want to care for them, want to hoard them
    well, the happiness is in the abandonment
    give them away, you don’t need them

    Give me your eyes
    give me your light
    give me your tears
    I don’t want the soul
    give me your eyes

    Give me your light
    give me your tears
    I don’t want the soul
    Give me something
    Give me something
    Give me something

    Out of the eye sockets I want to steal the soul
    step by step I cram the soul back into the head
    give me your eyes
    give me your light
    give me your tears
    I don’t want the soul
    give me your eyes
    give me your light
    give me your tears
    but you shall not cry

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