Rammstein Leichzeit lyric with English translation

Er liebt die Mutter
und von der Seite
den Fisch gibt er ihr selbst
dieser häutet sich vor leerem Hoden
die alte Haut fällt auf den Boden

Er liebt die Schwester
und von hinten
der Fisch frisst sich zum Mund
die Kiemen blutig noch vom saugen
an den roten großen Augen

Laichzeit
es ist Laichzeit

Er liebt den Hund
oh Gott von oben
der Fisch jetzt mit der Zunge küsst
speit tote Milch dir ins Gesicht
ihn anzufassen wagst du nicht

Laichzeit
überall Fischmilch
es ist Laichzeit

Die Mutter hat das Meer geholt
Laichzeit
die Schwestern haben keine Zeit
Laichzeit
der Hund steht winkend am Gestade
Laichzeit
der Fisch braucht seine Einsamkeit
Laichzeit
He loves his mother
and from the side
he gives the fish to her
it sheds its skin before empty testicles
the old skin falls on the floor

He loves his sister
and from behind
the fish eats to the mouth
the gills still bloody from sucking
on the big red eyes

Spawning time
it is spawning time

He loves his dog
oh god from above
the fish now kisses with his tongue
he spits dead milk in your face
you don't dare to touch him

Spawning time
fishmilk everywhere
it is spawning time

The mother has been taken by the sea
Spawning time
the sisters don't have time
Spawning time
the dog waves from the shore
Spawning time
the fish needs his loneliness
Spawning time

“Laichzeit” has very accented synthesized sounds. It makes references to a fishes spawning-time, apparent in the title and many of the lyrics. Laichzeit makes many references to incest and bestiality throughout the song.

One lyric for example: Er liebt die Schwester und von hinten der Fisch frißt sich zum Mund, die Kiemen blutig noch vom saugen an den roten großen Augen / He loves his sister and from behind the fish devours itself to its mouth, the gills still bloody from sucking on the big red eyes, can be interpreted very darkly.

Another example: Er liebt den Hund. Oh Gott von oben, der Fisch jetzt mit der Zunge küsst, Speit tote Milch dir ins Gesicht. Ihn anzufassen wagst du nicht / He loves the dog, oh god from above, the fish now kisses with his tongue. It spits dead milk in your face, you don’t dare to touch him, is very obviously referring to sex with a dog.

In their performance in Live aus Berlin they had a large glitter cannon that shot metallic confetti and smoke 50 feet into the crowd and a very long guitar solo in which Paul Landers and Richard Kruspe slowly back up towards each other while playing slower and slower.

In their 1997 performance at Bizarre Festival in Cologne, Germany, Till had a bow fitted with sparklers that shot out as soon as the guitarists began playing, nearly the exact same bow used live during Du riechst so gut.

  • Xavier

    Oh God why did I look at this… Who cares, it’s Rammstein, a song by them is good no matter what T_T

  • Schnuckelputz

    “Fischmilch” means “milt” (the seminal fluid of fish) and not fishmilk (which isn’t a real word in english). In my opinion “milch” should be translated to milt as well, in thís context.

  • RichardVenue

    I feel sick…. but the joke’s on me, I should have known this was going to be disturbing -_-

  • trollolololo

    its laichzeit, not leichzeit

  • Manuel

    In my opinion the fish refers to his penis, being fishmilk the cum.

    Spawning time can refer to either when it gets erect or when it eyaculates (most likely the latter)

    Cheers
    Rammstein für immah!!!

  • greed460

    These lyrics are more political than disgusting…

  • Oh god, this song is now painful to listen to! XD
    Especially the dog part…

    Funny how there are more translation notes then lyrics. -_-

  • Charismatic Enigma

    Well said. After reading the translated lyrics (I do not speak German, unfortunately) I realized I really didn’t WANT to like this song… but after hearing it, I became addicted to it. Kept floating around in my head all day long.

  • izzie.nickole?

    As disgusting as that is, I admire Till for writing such controversial lyrics. He has always done this. Not many would sing or write about something such as bestiality and incest. He has once said, in more words or less, that he often tries to capture and ponder the reasons why people commit such repulsive acts. This is his way of attempting that. I think it puts him, and many others, on a better understanding of the corrupt human mind.

    • HAWKEYE

      Human mind istn corrupt….humans decisions are and their doings.

    • ano333

      Six one, half dozen the other….

  • ISINSU

    whoa that’s sick