Rammstein Mein Land lyric with English translation

Wohin gehst du, wohin?
Ich geh mit mir von Ost nach Süd

Wohin gehst du, wohin?
Ich geh mit mir von Süd nach West

Wohin gehst du, wohin?
Ich geh mit mir von West nach Nord

Da kommt er angerannt
Mit der Fahne in der Hand
Mein Land, Mein Land

Du bist hier im meinem Land
Mein Land, Mein Land

Du bist hier im meinem Land
Mein Land

Wohin gehst du, wohin?
Ich geh mit mir von Nord nach Ost

Wohin gehst du, wohin?
Ich geh mit mir von Ost nach West

Wohin gehst du, wohin?
Ich geh von Land zu Land allein

Und nichts und niemand
lädt mich zum bleiben ein
Mein Land, Mein Land

Du bist hier in meinem Land
Mein Land, Mein Land

Du bist hier im meinem Land
Meine Welle und mein Strand

Eine Stimme aus dem Licht
Fällt dem Himmel vom Gesicht
Reisst den Horizont entzwei
Wohin gehst du, hier ist nichts mehr frei

Das ist mein Land
Das ist mein Land
Das ist mein Land

Mein Land, Mein Land
Du bist hier in meinem Land

Mein Land, Mein Land
Du bist hier in meinem Land
Meine Welle und mein Strand
Mein Land

Vertrieben, Mein Land
Vertreiben, Mein Land
Vergessen, Mein Land
Nirgends kann ich bleiben
Mein Land 

Lyric © Rammstein
Where are you going, where?
I'm going from East to South

Where are you going, where?
I'm going from South to West

Where are you going, where?
I'm going from North to West

As he comes running
With the flag in his hand
My Country, My Country

You’re here in my country
My Country, My Country

You’re here in my country
My country

Where are you going, where?
I go with me from North to East

Where are you going, where?
I go with me from East to West

Where are you going, where?
I go from country to country alone

And nothing and nobody
ever invites me to stay
My Country, My Country

You’re here in my country
My Country, My Country

You’re here in my country
My waves and my beach

A voice from out of the light
falls down from heavens face
Tears the horizon in two
Wherever you go, there’s nothing left free

This is my land
This is my land
This is my land

My Country, My Country
You’re here in my country

My Country, My Country
You’re here in my country
My wave and my beach
My country

expelled (from), My Country
Banished (from), My Country
Forgotten, My Country
Nowhere can I stay
My country

Translation © Affenknecht.com

Translation submitted by RAK. Thank you.

  • Phyllis Marie Meyer

    Yeah, but what is he REALLY saying!! lol

  • Donagh Ramseyer


    • Me

      Pretty obvious…

    • Donagh Ramseyer

      Mind explaining the obvious then?

  • Leah Kirsten Smith

    Auf Englisch ‘ja’ ist ‘yes’

  • Lyz

    Isn´t the lyric wrong at the sixth row from the beginning?
    “Ich geh mit mir von West nach Nord” “I’m going from North to West”

    • Banarne

      Yes it is.

  • Schberg

    sample in the background sounds like a turkish song so i also think this is about immigration. look up for Gastarbeiter in 60’s.

  • Brazilian

    In my opinion, as most rammstein musics, this one is quite ironic.
    Whoever thinks this is anti-immigration has to take Irony classes.

    • European

      You clearly don’t have any idea how things are in Europe right now (and how they were already at the time this song was written). What don’t you get about that last part of the song?

      “Expelled (from), My Country

      Banished (from), My Country

      Forgotten, My Country

      Nowhere can I stay” – this is what’s happening to Europeans as we are flooded by wave after wave of illegal immigrants.

  • joe

    globalization is where all caucasian people become black, the most dominant DNA will remain (African DNA) this is our punishment for the Nazi’s losing WWII. The Jews are slowly taking away our identity, its done slowly so you don’t see the change within your life time! it will happen in a hundreed years or so if not stopped.

  • Victor Leite

    I think that lyric could be about the Berlin Wall. I’ve been reading “Berlin, 1961” and the lyrics make sense…
    Till, Landers, Kruspe, Schneider, Flake and Riedel was born in “DDR”… They’re against this politics about “no immigration”. All of them we’re when the wall fall down! By the way, all Germany are against “no immigration politics”…

    (sorry for my band english)

  • Pierre Persson

    I see alot of people actually think its against immigration, if that where the case, Rammstein would be a dead band by now.
    The song is a parody on anti-immigrationists and xenophobia.

  • Jasvardan Sethi

    Two words – project Odessa

  • boiboi

    it’s just a song, no deep meaning, we don’t need to see your domesticated opinions so go and Rammstein up your arse

  • Rhyme

    I have a feeling this song may be perhaps about the Berlin Wall and the Communists in Germany. When the wall was still around one could not freely go from one place to another in Germany. Seeing as the members of the band all grew up in Communist East Germany it would make much sense to write a song in which they denounce the communists. Also the line in which Till says “Eine Stimme aus dem Licht/ Fällt dem Himmel vom Gesicht/ Reisst den Horizont entzwei/ Wohin gehst du, hier ist nichts mehr frei” Could be the voice of the major world powers that cut the horizon of Germany into two (East and West) and now no one is free to do quiet what they wish.

  • Laura Arroyo

    There are no Hispanics in the video – I noticed…and it was set in California. I think it kind of points out that countries like some types of immigrants, but not others.

  • Niemand

    Rammstein has always done a great job of using the perspective of an individual for their lyrics. In this case, it’s a conversation between a flag-bearing nationalist against immigration who believes he has a mandate from the Heavens to kick immigrants out of his land and immigrants who enter his country (possibly Muslim if you consider the type of beat in the beginning of the song). Rammstein is not known to take pro right-wing stances (Links 2-3-4), so I believe it’s a criticism against anti-immigration, e.g. “Nowhere can I stay”, response: “My land”. They are known to make amazing poetry with controversy.

  • Bfaulk

    I would say that their lyrics are both pro and con anti-immigration feelings. They ridicolize nationalism, but in the meantime they understand it’s reasons and lift the problem of over-immigration which Germany is facing.

  • RustKnight

    It’s interesting how Rammstein manages all the time to satisfy both sides. Fueling both nationalists to listen to their songs but also stepping out of the line of fire from being called nazis, nationalists, etc.

    From my point of view, the lyrics indeed speak of the “greed” of nationalists casting out other non-peers; but on the other hand the lyrics tune and focus on the chanting “Mein Land!” which is self sufficient in a song to emit a message. Remember this is not a logical experience – you feel and relate to the song more than you can understand by putting the lyrics head to head.

    Same story is with Links and other songs. Its right there on the edge of the knife, you cannot say it’s definitely one way or the other, it just molds on your own mental perspective and makes you happy with the song. (with or without being a “nationalist”)

    As for public statements from the band, i’m pretty sure they say what the media wants them to say, especially in Germany where everybody is paranoid with their image not being identified with the former National Socialist party.

    (Hell, i remember this game, Hearts of Iron, an historical strategy game – they wanted to remove Hitler and his portrait and replace it with a fictional character just because they didn’t want to encourage nazi propaganda.)

  • Rita Graça

    So what if they’re against immigration? Everyone has the right to their opinion. It’s called DEMOCRACY. Countries in Africa, China, etc, close their borders everyday. So why can’t we?

    For instance, a few months ago, there were talks of Portuguese teachers going to Angola, Brasil and Moçambique, because there was no jobs for them here in Portugal. Do you know the reply from these countries (which send hundreds of thousands of immigrants here to Portugal)? “We are not needing immigrants, right now”.

    Ironic, isn’t it?

    • Helder Novais

      Fellow Portuguese here?
      Olá, camarada.

    • Love

      LOL you got this SO wrong.

  • Suarga

    @MI2, resell value is high for Rammstein tickets, but bringing a child in with you has never been an issue. May be different depending on location, but still, money is money to the venue.

  • mi2

    @ Shev, my son was 3 (almost 4) when he discovered Rammstein. My husband made CD’s with mixed music (different genres) and whenever there was a Rammstein’s song my son was getting really excited. At age of 4 he was already singing parts of their songs and we are not Germans. I think children are really open minded and sometimes they can understand the music (and it’s power) better than most grown-ups. He is now 6 years old and top 3 are only Rammstein’s songs. We really want to go to a concert with him if there is no age-restriction. He will be so glad!..and of course if we are fast enough to buy tickets 😀

  • Suarga

    In the video you’ll see the carefree attitude as it was displayed in music back in the 60’s. There weren’t heavy metal bands about fire, sex, and loneliness. There was the beach boys, very light music that supplement your normal life. When Till says “You are here in my land”, I think you could make the connection that he’s referring to this music, because this type of music is a supplement to depression, just as pop music is a supplement to cheerful good times. That’s what’s so great about this band’s songs, though, you can make your connections and see if they fit. There’s no right or wrong, but there are more obvious connections and less obvious ones, and some that are forced upon it.

    For the basic interpretation, though, its safe to say that its calling to the 60s and saying we aren’t as free as we were back then, and we’ll never be unless something is done about it. Some people don’t want to be, though. They want to play by the rules and accept the amount of freedom they are given. That voice falling from heaven and Till Lindemann are reminding you, though. Whenever, wherever you travel, you’ll have someone calling from behind saying one thing.

    “Where are you going? There’s no freedom, wherever you go.”

  • Shev

    Kinda a bit rediculous saying you were a fan since 3 yrs when you can barely talk yet…

    • Wolf

      Not true, I remember hearing Rammstein in the car before I could talk

  • NeverGone

    I’ve loved Rammstein since I was 3, but I never watched the videos until this year. My dad (He’s 33, I myself am 13) told me that Rammstein don’t like the US, but he doesn’t like the US, so it could’ve simply been my dad’s biased view. But I feel as though the song has some meaning to it, even if I don’t understand why I think that.

  • Large

    Mein Land – killer song and video. Can’t wait until these guys come to Australia again. I want one of those flame throwers.

  • Richard Venue

    @VIC They played this song at the first 2 rehearsal shows in Berlin last October. For the third rehearsal show it was replaced with Ohne Dich, which stayed for the first leg of the European tour.

  • vic

    also when they do this song in concert can we hope for flaming surf boards!?!

    let me know if any of you think that would be kick ass!

  • Loviatar9

    @Tyler… Hope you got their tour for schedule Spring 2012, a number of dates in the States. So glad to have them returning regularly after so long!!

  • Eberhardt

    … to be more precise, frustration at NOT being fully accepted into a unified country by the current ruling generation.

  • Eberhardt

    Remember that Rammstein members were immigrants. I was born (1973) and grew up in West Germany, when that still existed, and the were strong sentiments on both sides (no pun intended) of the issue of the wall coming down. The 10 years after was very difficult for West Germans, because it really dragged the economy down, violent crimes were up, and so was homelessness. Also, the sales of illegal drugs and human trafficking increased dramatically as the underworld burgeoned.

    So former East Germans, who were the product of the Soviet doctrines of racism and anti-religionsim, can fully understand the frustration at being fully accepted into a unified country by the current ruling generation.

  • Richard Venue

    Till wrote this song at the same beach where the video was filmed after getting into trouble with the local rats. For example “Wohin Ghest Du” is being asked by the rats. And “Ich Geh Mit Mir Von Ost Nach West” is being replied by the outsider. Also the chorus is another giveaway along with the “Hier Ist Nich Mehr Frei, Das Ist Mein Land” part. The song is basically about someone who is very protective of their territory and doesn’t allow any outsiders. I don’t really think It refers to Germany and the Turks, or any anti immigration issues.

  • Björn Danielsson

    @Der Wahnsinn: Ok that´s about I also figured out. I also like the leaked demo better than the single. It feels more complete.

  • der_wahnsinn

    @Bjorn The longer version is the leaked demo, which is overall a better arrangement than the shorter single version.

  • Dan

    As being extremely good friends with native Germans and family living there. I’m gonna have to say this is a subtle f*** you to the Turks. But ya know everyones got their own opinions. (But to be honest those f***ers are trying to take over my families home land).

    • Trooth

      Lol, I know what you mean. However, people only come to those European countries for money. You have to remember that.

      Where do you live, boyo.

    • Medic

      Flake’s part at the intro kinda sounds Turkish too. I think you’re definitely right.
      But what’s up with this part? :
      I go from country to country alone/And nothing and nobody ever invites me to stay.

  • Jan

    It is unclear on whether Rammstein is for or against the anti-immigrant sentiments. It looks like in the lyrics that the immigrants are the perpetrators, though it could be simply just the way I see it (or prefer). Lyrics wise (not in interviews), Rammstein always make their stand ambiguous on sensitive subjects.

    Note that there is a social problem of Turks and Arabs not integrating well (cannot speak German, etc) into the society of Germany. So I’m not entirely convinced that this song is a criticism of anti-immigrants.

    Whichever side they are on, I like the lyrics which touches on one of the topics that I’m currently very concerned with.

  • Björn Danielsson

    It looks like it is two versions of the song? I found one on the net before the official release that are 4:38 minutes long and the official release i purchased today are 3:52 long. The lyrics are a little different. Can´t find anything on the net about it.

  • Kamerascheu

    I think Tyler, Matjiaz, and Revvji all have good points about the interpretation(s). From the lyrics and the hilariously tacky video, it can be read on so many levels simultaneously: goofing on Baywatch; satirizing/attacking anti-immigrant sentiments (and specifically Swiss anti-minaret/muezzin laws); referencing the band’s own feelings of alienation (fits with what they’ve said before in interviews); and mocking American surfers’ territorial “locals only” behavior (meine Welle!). In defense of Americans, at least we don’t seem to be quite as territorial about space on the *beach* as Germans are – just the rideable waves.
    I also like how, at the beginning, they show off that they can write surf music (a bit reminiscent of the surf guitar in “Haifisch”).
    As powerful as I find the song, the video just keeps cracking me up – Lindemann’s slow-mo Hasselhoff sprint down the beach, the people in lobster and monster costumes, the quick self-parodying armpit reference to the original “Du Riechst So Gut” video…and they *would* have to make a crass pun out of the differing American and German pronunciations of the letter “y” when filming at Sycamore Cove. Write catchy riffs, include political/social statements that most of your fans won’t catch, and épater le bourgeois!

  • Matjiaz

    I believe these men have good hearts and progressive politics, but do it in a subtle way. I like this. I think that it is very hard to write a song that is politically obvious, and not also sanctimonious. I read from their songs that they are are sympathetic to outsiders, gays, refugees etc,but have a defiant attitude that means they will always put sexy/sexist / controversial stuff in videos for the fun of it. I for one believe in their progressive, but Fuck You approach to things. If your smart enough to understand their lyrics and music, their subtle(?) left wing beliefs should be clear.

  • Revvji


    Could be.
    I like to think of it as a kind of anti-racism song. Or rather about countries refusing entry to asylum seekers..

    Great song, regardless of the meaning. If it were to be released on a full scale new album, I think it would be something like ‘Pussy’ on LIFAD. Great as a single to promote the album and play on the radio, but the best stuff are the other songs. ‘Mein Land’ sounds way better than ‘Pussy’ though..

  • someone

    at least i hoped they will change the action movie-like thrumpets but they didnt do anything to them. they degraded the brigde too by removing the second part of it when ‘mein land’ is first sung. the only thing they upgraded is the solo-like part but they made the solo shorter by removing the only-guitar part of it.
    also the horrible action movie thrumpets got into the chorus too.
    another thing is, that the guitar riff would be actually quite nice, if it wouldnt go through the whole song non-stop

  • markus

    Love it. Though my German is garbage, I think it’s ‘du bist hier *in* meinem Land’, and it isn’t consistently ‘im’ above.

  • Frank

    I really like the parts where Till screams, around the end. Love the video, too 🙂

  • Tyler

    I feel like Till’s talking about the band, always traveling from country to country for tours and never being able to stay, then when they finally get back to their own country, Germany, they’re shunned and abused by the media.

    But we all know that Rammstein owns Germany, it’s their country, after all 🙂

    Nice job boys, hope you bring your show to the states!

  • kim

    5 finger death poo? BLAHAHAAA!

  • no-1-ramm-fan

    ewww NO NO NOOOOooooo!!!!
    dont put the allmighty in the same sentence as five finger death poo. – they BAD!

  • Der Mertgeirmeister

    Rammstein and five finger death punch live together

  • MeinLandIstKanada

    I have been a Rammstein fan scince i was 5 and am really glad they’re still making music. I just celebrated my 13th birthday and got the Volkerball dvd. I wonder what excuse i can use to get this one…

    Liebe ist wie eine Blume, sogar die schönste Art stirbt.

  • NYCDEC11

    Cant F***in wait!!!!!!