Rammstein Engel lyric with English translation

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Wer zu Lebzeit gut auf Erden Who in their lifetime is good on Earth
wird nach dem Tod ein Engel werden and will become an angel after death
den Blick gen Himmel fragst du dann you look to the sky and ask
warum man sie nicht sehen kann why can’t you see them
 
Erst wenn die Wolken schlafengehn First if the clouds have gone to sleep
kann man uns am Himmel sehn you can see us in the sky
wir haben Angst und sind allein we are afraid and alone
 
Gott weiß ich will kein Engel sein God knows I don’t want to be an angel
 
Sie leben hinterm Sonnenschein They live behind the sunshine
getrennt von uns unendlich weit separated from us, infinite expanse
sie müssen sich an Sterne krallen (ganz fest) they must cling to the stars (very tightly)
damit sie nicht vom Himmel fallen so they won’t fall from the sky
 
Erst wenn die Wolken schlafengehn First if the clouds have gone to sleep
kann man uns am Himmel sehn you can see us in the sky
wir haben Angst und sind allein we are afraid and alone
 
Gott weiß ich will kein Engel sein God knows I don’t want to be an angel
 
Erst wenn die Wolken schlafengehn First if the clouds have gone to sleep
kann man uns am Himmel sehn you can see us in the sky
wir haben Angst und sind allein we are afraid and alone
 
Gott weiß ich will kein Engel sein God knows I don’t want to be an angel

This song is about how some people believe in angels, and that good people become them after death, but we wonder why we never can see them. The lyrics of this song can also be seen as doubting the existence of God. Near the end of each chorus, Till states, “God knows I don’t want to be an angel.”

 

63 COMMENTS

  1. ya, James gotta good poem. The video changes your mind because of the almost naked lady feeding booze to a man who is in great desire of her flesh. Simply put, do you wonder why if there are angels, why do they ride motor cycles and say that they are from hell, and get away with it….or do they? do you wonder why, if there is no pizza in africa the reason for starvation is that no one knows how to cook it? .. . . . .or are there angels preventing this – the ones that have fallen from the sky

  2. I think this is the proper English version:

    Live in virtue, no desire

    In the grave an angel's choir

    You look to heaven and wonder why

    No one can see them in the sky

    Just as the clouds have gone to sleep

    Angels can be seen in heaven's keep

    Alone in fear they question why

    Goddamn not an angel when I die

    Angels live, they never die

    Apart from us, behind the sky

    They're fading souls who've turned to ice

    So ashen white in paradise

    Just as the clouds have gone to sleep

    Angels can be seen in heaven's keep

    Alone in fear they question why

    Goddamn not an angel when I die

    Goddamn an angel when I die

    Heaven must be hell in the sky

  3. Engle

    the crew leaving the building in the video says they don’t want to be part of a god and his angles that hide. They are saying, no thanks, if that is what you are about, I don’t want to know you. If there is no beer in heaven then fuck you.

  4. We can all think we know whats being said but we will probly never know the true meaning of this song or any of them for that matter but hey we enjoy the songs right.

  5. I think it's a very sad song about prostituts of womans, children and (we can se in the music video in the end) mans.

    Gott weiß ich will kein Engel sein.

    –> the Girl (child/man) is a angel for the man (woman)

    I have analyse the lyric (I'm a german fan)… You can beliv me 🙂

  6. totally agree with that… I'm learning german through this website so.. I wouldn't have been able to realize what you have just said without the english translation on the side 😛

    (or without your comment:P)

    PS: I'm Argentinian too!!

  7. i thought he said something about god sending another angel when he dies… i have the English version and know close to no German

    • I’m Argentinian, but speak english and undestrand just a bit of german.

      What I think is that the lyrics is trying to describe some kind of inexplainable feeling of darkness and lonelyness. Some felling of never reaching what sould be done. We are not angels (and don’t wan’t to be)…it’s impossible to reach perfection.

    • yeah its about loneleyness and how people think they are above other people, and they are the most lonely

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