Rammstein Benzin lyrics with English translation

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Ich brauche Zeit I need time
Kein Heroin kein Alkohol kein Nikotin No heroin nor alcohol nor nicotine
Brauch keine Hilfe I don’t need help
Kein Koffein Nor caffeine
Doch Dynamit und Terpentin But I do need dynamite and turpentine
Ich brauche für Gasolin I need oil for gasoline [2]
Explosiv wie Kerosin Explosive like kerosene
Mit viel Oktan und frei von Blei With lots of octane and free of lead
Einen Kraftstoff wie A fuel like
Benzin Petrol
Brauch keinen Freund I don’t need a friend
Kein Kokain Nor cocaine
Brauch weder Arzt noch Medizin I need neither a doctor nor medicine
Brauch keine Frau nur Vaselin I don’t need a woman, just Vaseline
Etwas Nitroglyzerin Some nitroglycerine
Ich brauche Geld für Gasolin I need money for gasoline
Explosiv wie Kerosin Explosive like kerosene
Mit viel Oktan und frei von Blei With lots of octane and free of lead
Einen Kraftstoff wie A fuel like
Benzin Petrol
Gib mir Benzin Give me petrol
Es fliesst durch meine Venen It flows through my veins
Es schläft in meinen Tränen It sleeps in my tears
Es läuft mir aus den Ohren It leaks from my ears
Herz und Nieren sind Motoren Heart and kidneys are motors
Benzin Petrol
Willst du dich von etwas trennen If you want to part with something
dann musst du es verbrennen then you have to incinerate it
Willst du es nie wieder sehen If you never want to see it again
lass es schwimmen in Benzin let it swim in petrol
Benzin Petrol
Ich brauch Benzin I need petrol
Benzin Petrol
Gib mir Benzin Give me petrol

“Benzin” (The German word for Petrol, or Gasoline) was the first song to be introduced from Rosenrot. Rammstein first played “Benzin” live at Berlin’s Wuhlheide Park in June 2005. Theatrical flames shot twenty meters into the air during the live performance. Later, the song was also played at several other concerts, one of them at Nîmes, which is included on the band’s new live DVD Völkerball. It is the only song to have been played live to date.

Benzin can be interpreted as a political reference to the high gas prices being experienced in many countries around the world (Ich brauche Geld für Gasolin/I need money for gasoline). “Gasolin” is not actually a German word, but an English word made German. There was, however, a German chain of gas stations called “Gasolin.”

Also, bassist Oliver Riedel briefly discussed the song on Rosenrot with Kerrang!, a music magazine published in the United Kingdom, where he said “We have so much fire in our shows that we wondered if we could have some lyrics about petrol, because it’s been responsible for our success outside of Germany. It’s basically our ode to pyromania.”

The Music video depicts the majority of the band as bored firefighters who receive a call and drive an oversized firetruck, destroying everything in their path to reach one survivor – Christian Lorenz – who they totally fail to save.


  1. he don’t need drugs, medication neither a woman or a friend, gasoline run in his veins, no matter what it is as long as it burns, and Vaseline smooth the pain. If you wanna be part of something with him incinerate it. Gasoline is what he needs cause he get off on burning things, total destruction, pyromania is a addiction, a sickness that brings pleasure and death.

  2. I am not that fussed about this song, to be honest. It is cool. I absolutely LOVE the video. Being a firefighter myself, I just love seeing most of the band as firefighters. Extremely reckless ones, yes, but firefighters nonetheless. It warms my heart.

  3. I’m curious about your comment that this is the only song to have been played live to date, are you saying that they mime at their concerts?

  4. To me this song is about America’s addiction with gasoline and oil no matter what anyone says. In the video America is the firetruck. It shows how much destruction we cause in order to help ourselves. At least thats what I got out of it.

    • Actually Benzin does mean petrol. I’d trust the actual band and my own german knowledge over a random internet person

      • “…Petrol”.
        I think it means Gasoline.
        Also, Gasoline sounds more like Benzin, so in this song/translation whether you’re Auzzie, Canadian, American, or British, Gasoline works better.
        BTW, the Ramstein airbase that they’re named after is American. Where great amounts of Kerosene, and Gasoline are used, coincidence? I think not.

  5. nice video! I like Richard’s driving style. The killed thousands of people just to get to Flake and fail to save him :)).

  6. Hi, I'm a german fan …

    Benzin can be interpreted as a song about pyromania. And Gasolin is a only a good rime for Terpentin and Kerosin…

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