Lindemann Knebel lyrics with English translation

Ich mag die Sonne, die Palmen und das Meer
Ich mag den Himmel schauen, den Wolken hinterher
Ich mag den kalten Mond, wenn der Vollmond rund
Und ich mag dich mit einem Knebel in dem Mund
Ich mag volle Gläser, die Straßen wenn sie leer
Ich mag die Tiere, Menschen nicht so sehr
Ich mag dichte Wälder, die Wiesen blühen sie bunt
Und ich mag dich mit einem Knebel in dem Mund
 
Das Leben ist einfach, einfach so schwer
Es wäre so einfach, wenn es einfacher wär
Ist alles Bestimmung, hat alles seinen Grund
Und du bist ganz still, hast einen Knebel in dem Mund
 
Ich mag leichte Mädchen und weine wenn sie schwer
Ich mag deine Mutter, den Vater nicht so sehr
Ich mag keine Kinder, ich tue es hier kund
Und ich mag dich mit einem Knebel in dem Mund
Ich mag die Tränen auf deinem Gesicht
Ich mag mich selber, mag mich selber nicht
Das Herz ist gebrochen, die Seele so wund
Und du schaust mich an mit einem Knebel in dem Mund
 
Das Leben ist traurig, das Leben ist schwer
Ich würde es mögen, wenn es einfacher wär
Die Welt dreht sich weiter, die Erde ist rund
Um dich dreht sich nichts, hast einen Knebel in dem Mund
In dem Mund - ja!
 
Ich hasse dich
Ich hasse dich
Ich hasse dich
Ich hasse dich
 
Leben ist einfach, einfach so schwer
Es wäre so einfach, wenn es einfacher wär
Ist alles Bestimmung, hat alles seinen Grund
Und du bist ganz still, hast einen Knebel in dem Mund
In dem Mund

Lyric © Lindemann
I like the sun, the palm trees and the sea
I like to watch the sky, the clouds behind
I like the cold moon when the full moon is around
And I like you with a gag in the mouth
I like full glasses, the streets when they're empty
I like the animals, people not so much
I like dense forests, the meadows are colorful
And I like you with a gag in your mouth
 
Life is simple, simply so hard
It would be so easy if it were easier
If everything is destiny, everything has a reason
And you are very quiet, you have a gag in your mouth
 
I like light girls and cry when they are heavy
I like your mother, your father not so much
I do not like children, I do it here
And I like you with a gag in your mouth
I like the tears on your face
I like myself, I do not like myself
My heart is broken, my soul so sore
And you look at me with a gag in your mouth
 
Life is sad, life is hard
I would like it if it were easier
The world keeps turning, the earth is round
Nothing revolves around you, you have a gag in your mouth
In the mouth - yes!
 
I hate you
I hate you
I hate you
I hate you
 
Life is simple, simply so hard
It would be so easy if it were easier
If everything is destiny, everything has a reason
And you are very quiet
In your mouth

Translation © Affenknecht.com

One of the explanations submitted by u/HauptmannAish on Reddit:

in this song the narrator is portraying himself as an otherwise normal person who just like any other person enjoys the sun, the trees, the seas, the night sky and everything else nature has to offer and just like that he feels it’s also normal to bound and gag his partner, that I’m interpreting here as his wife. Sex according to him is meaningless without pain, torture and brutality. He wants his wife to obey him at all times and hence also in the video we find the images of Till dragging the naked girl through the woods on a metal leash. The small replica of the ruins she carries in the glass orb is highly suggestive. In this relationship it is her duty to take care of the home with everything she has, so she’s nude because she has got no other identity, and at other times she is just treated as an animal who will just submit to the sexual demands of her partner. She doesn’t have a say in anything, she is only living because she is useful to somebody for sex. “Und du bist ganz still, hast einen Knebel in dem Mund – And you are very quiet, you have a gag in your mouth.” Also there are a few lines which says the world revolves around.., the earth is round, but nothing revolves around you because “you have a gag in your mouth” just goes to show how useless he thinks his wife’s existence really is. But coming to that this song may also be saying a thing or two about any people in general who are not able to say anything and protest when they see something objectionable is happening, they just stay silent like they’re having some sort of a “gag in their mouth”. The world doesn’t care about those people who silently observes and doesn’t protest, accepts the order, and plays the role of a submissive person. The narrator here wants you to get up and protest and make your voice heard, how difficult it may be, against whomever you may have to go, hurt anybody you have to, but if you intend to have freedom in this life, don’t have a “gag in your mouth”. That’s exactly what the girl did in the video, as Till woke up to find himself chained and tethered inside the cold waters, submerged in the ruins of his home, as his home is in shambles. He will now always be alone, left in the void and his days numbered.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Why I relate so much with this song. Lovely and even could kinda understand it before even knowing the english lyrics of it. I love Till and Rammstein só much..

  2. I like and agree with the interpretation. I think the first half is his normal everyday side and the second half his crazy side. This song jarred me when I first heard it. Not the screaming part or the bloody video but because, as you noted, the guy feels his deviant views are perfectly normal. They are in the same league as the pretty sky or warm sun. Till sure knows how to write in a way that even I feel some…oh I don’t know….”compassion” for an obviously sick man. Great song.

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