Rammstein Sehnsucht lyric with English translation

Lass mich deine Träne reiten
übers Kinn nach Afrika
wieder in den Schoß der Löwin
wo ich einst zuhause war
Zwischen deine langen Beinen
such den Schnee vom letzten Jahr
doch es ist kein Schnee mehr da

Lass mich deine Träne reiten
über Wolken ohne Glück
der große Vogel schiebt den Kopf
sanft in sein Versteck zurück
Zwischen deine langen Beinen
such den Sand vom letzten Jahr
doch es ist kein Sand mehr da

Sehnsucht versteckt
sich wie ein Insekt
im Schlafe merkst du nicht
dass es dich sticht
glücklich werd ich nirgendwo
der Finger rutscht nach Mexiko
doch er versinkt im Ozean
Sehnsucht ist so grausam
Let me ride your tear
over the chin to Africa
again in the lap of the lioness
where I once was at home
Between your long legs
I search for last year's snow
but there is no more snow here

Let me ride your tear
over clouds without luck
the big bird pushes his head
gently into his hideout
Between your long legs
I search for last year's sand
but there is no more sand here

Longing hides
like an insect
while asleep you don't notice
that it stings you
lucky, I will go nowhere
the finger slips to Mexico
but it sinks in the ocean
longing is so cruel

This song is about sexual desire and the disappointment from them not being fulfilled. It has many sexual references in the lines, such as: “Der Finger rutscht nach Mexiko, doch er versinkt im Ozean | The finger slips to Mexico, but it sinks in the ocean,” obviously referring to fingering.

While playing Sehnsucht at Live aus Berlin, Till Lindemann hits himself in the head with his microphone repeatedly and throughout the rest of the concert can be seen bleeding from his hairline.

  • MegaRa TwentyFour

    MEXIKO?? I might know what ‘ozean’ represents but wth means mexico in that context?
    auf deutsch verstehe ich es ebenso wenig. die englische Übersetzung scheint leider 1:1 versucht worden zu sein, und ist nur halb zu sehen.
    (btw.the englisch lyrics are only visible half sided)
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    • Süßkind

      Stell Dir den ganzen Kontinent Amerika auf der Landkarte, also Nord-, Mittel- und Südamerika als eine bsw. weibliche Person vor. Kanada wäre dann etwa der Kopf, USA auf Brust-und Bauchhöhe und Mexico wäre dann eine Öffnung im Intimbereich vermutlich die hintere …und der Ozean vermutlich vorne… oder der Golf von Mexico 🙂 also so assoziiere ich es als deutscher…:-)

      Imagine the whole continent America on the map, ie North, Central and South America as a BSW. female person before. Canada would be about the head, USA on thoracic and abdominal height and Mexico would be an opening in the genital area is probably the rear … and the ocean front … probably or the Gulf of Mexico so 🙂 so I associate it as a German … 🙂

    • Robert M. Sohn

      “The finger slips to Mexico” is from a German phrase “Finger im Po, Mexico!” (Finger in the butt, Mexico!). I don’t know where this is originally coming from but it is a common funny phrase in Germany for Butt fingering. So, when your Finger reaches for “Mexico” but only makes it into the ocean, one can figure out where the finger goes to. And yes, the whole song is full of sexual innuendos and not really about love.

  • Ricky15

    All I can say is that Till is a big guy, clearly has some issues and is not the sort of guy you would like to fuck with. no wonder he can’t get/keep a woman lol

  • b

    You all are being weird now. This song is about longing, love and just a bit about sex. Is there a rule that every single Rammstein song has to be purely about sex and sexual fantasies ? Yeah probably it refers sex with ‘zwischen deinen langen Beinen’ but that should be all. Fingering, not being into sex etc dont sound logical.

    I would say they break up for some reason, and then they decide to be together again. But nothing is the same anymore. So he gets into a depression and wants to leave the country he lives because it reminds him of the memories.

  • Charismatic Enigma

    If the snow referred to in the first verse refers to feminine lubrication, what does the sand in the second verse refer to?

    Perhaps the first verse is longing for the early days of a relationship, where they were both interested in sex; and the second verse is referring to the later days, where his partner was sexually dry (both literally and metaphorically). If this is the case, I notice that he is looking for “the sand from last year”, meaning he still longed for his partner even if she wasn’t interested in sex.

  • Charismatic Enigma

    A case could also be made that the “hiding desire” represents a nocturnal erection, and the sting you don’t feel during the night represents a wet dream (which many men experience from time to time if they have been unable to attain sexual release for some time).

  • Seb

    while asleep you don’t notice meaning fingering her whilst she asleep

  • Zazusha

    this is a really good song. one of my favorites of the album.

  • Artemis

    unrequieted and unrelenting