Rammstein Rosenrot lyric with English translation

Sah ein Mädchen ein Röslein stehen
Blühte dort in lichten Höhen
Sprach sie ihren Liebsten an
ob er es ihr steigen kann

Sie will es und so ist es fein
So war es und so wird es immer sein
Sie will es und so ist es Brauch
Was sie will bekommt sie auch

Tiefe Brunnen muss man graben
wenn man klares Wasser will
Rosenrot oh Rosenrot
Tiefe Wasser sind nicht still

Der Jüngling steigt den Berg mit Qual
Die Aussicht ist ihm sehr egal
Hat das Röslein nur im Sinn
Bringt es seiner Liebsten hin

Sie will es und so ist es fein
So war es und so wird es immer sein
Sie will es und so ist es Brauch
Was sie will bekommt sie auch

Tiefe Brunnen muss man graben
wenn man klares Wasser will
Rosenrot oh Rosenrot
Tiefe Wasser sind nicht still

An seinen Stiefeln bricht ein Stein
Will nicht mehr am Felsen sein
Und ein Schrei tut jedem kund
Beide fallen in den Grund

Sie will es und so ist es fein
So war es und so wird es immer sein
Sie will es und so ist es Brauch
Was sie will bekommt sie auch

Tiefe Brunnen muss man graben
wenn man klares Wasser will
Rosenrot oh Rosenrot

Tiefe Wasser sind nicht still
A girl saw a little rose
It bloomed there in bright heights
She asked her sweetheart
if he could fetch it for her

She wants it and that's fine
So it was and so it will always be
She wants it and that's the custom
Whatever she wants she gets

Deep wells must be dug
if you want clear water
Rose-red, oh Rose-red
Deep waters don't run still

The boy climbs the mountain in torment
He doesn't really care about the view
Only the little rose is on his mind
He brings it to his sweetheart

She wants it and that's fine
So it was and so it will always be
She wants it and that's the custom
Whatever she wants she gets

Deep wells must be dug
if you want clear water
Rose-red, oh Rose-red
Deep waters don't run still

At his boots, a stone breaks
Doesn't want to be on the cliff anymore
And a scream lets everyone know
Both are falling to the ground

She wants it and that's fine
So it was and so it will always be
She wants it and that's the custom
Whatever she wants she gets

Deep wells must be dug
if you want clear water
Rose-red, oh Rose-red
Deep waters don't run still

The “Rosenrot” (Rose-red) track was highly anticipated by fans of Rammstein, as it was slated in February 2004 to be the first single from the band’s fourth studio album, “Reise Reise” (the song “Mein Teil” was released instead). In the end, “Rosenrot” did not make the tracklist of “Reise, Reise”, a move that the band’s management claimed “left them speechless.”

The lyrics are an amalgam adaptation of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s poem “Heidenröslein”, and the story “Schneeweißchen und Rosenrot” from the Brothers Grimm (Goethe’s poem “Der Erlkönig” similarly inspired the “Reise, Reise” track, “Dalai Lama“). The song talks about a girl who sees a rose on the top of a mountain, she asks her boyfriend (“loved one” in the song) to go up after it and to bring it to her. He climbs the mountain and sees the landscape below, but he is not interested in it due to his love to the girl. Eventually a rock breaks under his boot and he falls, and dies.

In the video, the band, dressed as clergy members, arrive at a Romanian village (actually called Zarnesti) in the Carpathian Mountains. Till Lindemann’s character becomes romantically involved with a younger girl there, and eventually murders her parents at her request. She then betrays him, and the villagers burn him at the stake. The girl is Cătălina Lavric, born in BotoÅŸani, Romania, age 14, a model for Etoiles Agency. The casting director for the video was Sorin Tarau, Standard Casting.

  • Angus Stirling

    I interpret the metaphor of the chorus as a cautionary tale about obsession: ‘Deep wells must be dug if you want clear water’ meaning that you have to work hard to get something you really want, and ‘Deep waters don’t run still’ taking that previous representation of water-as-achievement and adding an aspect of concealed danger to it – that the deep waters, which may appear still actually aren’t, and, by extension, that their unanticipated current could be hazardous. The boy is obsessed with pleasing his sweetheart, and is so narrow in his focus that he fails to pay attention to the view – as well as his footing. Single-mindedness destroys him. There’s also possibly a second layer of metaphor at work here with ‘deep waters don’t run still’ referencing the proverb ‘still waters run deep’. Some have taken this to imply that Rose Red was plotting the boy’s possible death – I don’t see it that way. I interpret the proverb referenced in this context as ‘a placid exterior hides a passionate nature’. I read the boy as being the more placid one in the story – he’s silent save his scream, he obeys without challenge, and even though the girl is likely always wanting for inconsequential things (and may possibly view him as placid), he’s the one motivated by a more substantial, turbulent desire.

  • A Kulk

    The Well digging could be a reference to the fact that, when a well digger is digging, they must stay at the same plot and dig very precisely; translating to Rosenrot, this could mean that “in order to have a real, deep relationship, you must spend time and get past the trivial, material things”

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  • Kanadian

    This song sounded so deep the first time i heard it and i had to find out what i meant. when i found out i was amazed. the young man would do anything for his girl and it kills him. and on the other hand his girl is fine with the risk involved in sending her man on a suicide mission to get this rose. then it hit me… this is me and my wife. i try to get her anything she wants no matter what she does to me. after i told her this she thought about it for a few minutes then told me i was like a loyal dog with a master that beat him from time to time. funny how these songs seem to find you and open your eyes.
    still my favorite song by rammstein. even contemplating having the chorus tattooed someplace. any suggestions?

  • Courtney

    My favorite song off the album. Poor guy, losing his life trying to please his spoiled girlfriend.

  • Mr A A

    Apparently this song is a blend of two stories. The poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe called ‘Heidenröslein’ and the fairy tale ‘Snow White and Red Rose’.

    A similar comparison can be made with the R+ song ‘Sonne’ and ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’. But in the case of Sonne, six miners.

  • Iris

    The Dutch have a saying: ‘stille wateren kennen diepe gronden’, which is similar to the English ‘still waters run deep’. Funny how Rammstein reversed the whole idea.

  • Sonne

    This song gets me hypnotised. Guitar in the beginning gets me in some kind of trance. And absolutelly perfect deep monotous Till’s voice… One of the best song ever.

  • Rammspieler

    Did anyone else notice … that during the bridge in this song (after second chorus) the same synthesized childs scream is used that is used in the chorus of Stein Um Stein. Only in Stein its less audible I only noticed a couple of days ago. 😉

  • Edric

    I recently had a thought on this. The tone in which Till sings the very last chorus suggests that she wanted him to fall from the mountain.

    The statement “Deep wells must be dug if you want clear water” suggests that if you want the truth, you have to dig deep for it, and the deep waters are never still suggests people are always plotting.

  • Aubrei

    ashley
    rosonrot actually means red rose not rose red.
    rammstein is my all time favorite band!

    I agree with you thats what I was contenplating the other day well thats it for meh gut song thow made meh have a thing for roses tho IDK why….?

  • Udeeksh

    Masterpiece…Great song.
    Rammstein can never get repetetive…they’ll give you something fresh, soulful and refreshing everytime you think they’ve burned out.
    Although I’m deeply hurt towards the apathetic attitude of the band towards this song and this album.
    They should’ve performed Rosenrot in the ongoing tour.

  • Arcon

    It´s very hard to translate the lyrics in direct way, because the german lyric is written in an old poetic way. in english it would be written like shakespear. Very poetic language.

  • ashley

    rosonrot actually means red rose not rose red.
    rammstein is my all time favorite band!

  • Seb

    I never used 2 like this song as much as their other stuff, its suddenly become my fav instead of mutter

  • Zazusha

    great song, and the video is really good.

  • alena ortiz

    can never stop lov'in it

  • Artemis

    rio abajo rio…the river beneath the river. that which continually guides us though we don't always know why. our heart's truest desire. i love this song…there is great wisdom in folk/fairy tales. i can't wait to hear what R+ comes out with next…

  • ntnimara

    "Deep waters don't run still"

    what meaning of still is this?

    do they mean that deep waters always flow, because they never run still (never stop flowing)

    or that deep waters still don't flow (continue to not flow)

    • Sentox

      I think it means something closer to "deep waters are not calm" or "quiet", since they don't stop flowing. In Spanish we say "las aguas profundas no están calmas" (http://www.rammsteinclub.com/letras/Rosenrot/rosenrot.htm), so that's it, a Spanish trying to speak English and listening to German music! 😉

      I love Rammstein and Rosenrot is a great song!

    • Etsch

      hey.
      in germany we have a saying which could be translated with “deep waters are still” (means dont run).
      it means that someone who has a calm character can think very deeply or are not shallow.

      “tiefe wasser sind nicht still” reverses that, it means that deep waters (means the discribed persons) are not calm and quiet.

      btw “lichte höhen” doesnt mean that this heights are bright, it just means it is very high.

      greetings

  • Segeta

    Einer der besten Lieder

  • Karlena

    This is now my bf and my song

  • Karlena

    this is one of the best songs

    • bizzeeb

      This song makes me think of the spoiled 'desperate housewives' who won't earn their own livings- but push their henpecked husbands to keep ahead of the Joneses. Then end up stressing them into a heart attack.