Rammstein Feuer Frei! lyric with English translation

 Getadelt wird wer Schmerzen kennt
Vom Feuer das die Haut verbrennt
Ich werf ein Licht
In mein Gesicht
Ein heisser Schrei
Feuer frei!

Geadelt ist wer Schmerzen kennt
Vom Feuer das in Lust verbrennt
Ein Funkenstoss
In ihren Schoss
Ein heisser Schrei
Feuer frei!

Gefaehrlich ist wer Schmerzen kennt
Vom Feuer das den Geist verbrennt
Gefaehrlich das gebrannte Kind
Mit Feuer das vom Leben trennt
Ein heisser Schrei
Feuer frei!
Whoever knows pain becomes criticized
From the fire that burns up the skin
I throw a light
in my face
A hot cry
Fire at will!

Whoever knows pain is raised
From the fire that burns in desire
A sparking thrust
into her womb
A hot cry
Fire at will!

Whoever knows pain is dangerous
From the fire that burns the soul
The burned child is dangerous
With fire that separates from the life
A hot cry
Fire at will!

This song is about releasing anger that has been held in for a long time. It was used as the introductory song to the movie xXx. The literal translation of the title is Fire freely!, while a more idiomatic translation would be Fire at will! or Open fire!.


  1. At first I took this song to be an anti-war or anti-violence song before looking here for the translation and seeing the sexual bits. A lot of metal bands are pretty anti-war after all. Blind Guardian’s Battalions of Fear, Ozzy Osbourne’s Crazy Train, and many others come to mind. Then again it would only take a change of a few lines here and there to take on a similar context to Crazy Train or Mandatory Suicide by Slayer.

    • Not to mention that almost every other song cover by Sabaton is an anti war metal song of some sort and they did cover this one.

  2. The song is directed at Marilyn Manson over the song Antichrist superstar and his behavior (which explains a lot even without the proper understanding of the translation). It’s hard to know the exact meaning of the lyrics, people of other countries put thoughts, words and phrases together differently. Different translations are saying completely different words and hence meanings that can come of it. Without translating word for word myself it looks like the song is saying “They are letting the public know that people who use deep psychological emotional pain to punish others or entertain should be criticized. The same for those who use lust for or against women. And that pain is dangerous and spreads one to another on down to children and can cause people to hurt one another”. I think that deep emotional pain is alright if done right from the Holy Ghost – kept Holy by Gods use of you and not of your own work (Manson being the result of that) as Christ taught. But you can never go deep enough to prove that anything is not of the Holy Ghost (without them specifically saying they are) then i say fire at will. Lol

  3. I will admit that a lot of their songs relate to sex, but that doesn’t mean all of them do. Benzin, Alter Mann, Haifisch… Feuer Frei! does have sexual undertones, but it’s not exclusively about sex, so much as anger and rage. And about Rammstein being all about sex… do YOU even know Rammstein, Mr. Sykes? Herr Lindemann writes songs meant to display the darker side of humanity; a lot of this includes obscene sexual fetishes, such as in Mein Teil or Wiener Blut, but sex isn’t the darkest act humans can commit. Psychological abuse, cannibalism…

  4. Josky…do you even know rammstein ? IT S ALL ABOUT SEX WITH RAMMSTEIN, you think yourself superior yet you know NOT what you are talking about…be a little more huble kid.

  5. I shall try my hand @ translating it.

    How ’bout this?

    Blamed is he who knows the pain
    that burns from within the Skin
    I shed a light
    [into my face
    A flaming shout
    Fire at will!

    Blamed is he who knows the pain
    [that burns from within desire
    A sparking thurst
    [within her skirt
    A flaming shout

    Dangerous is he who’s known the pain
    [from firery burns within the soul
    Dangerous is the scorched child
    [from the fire that has life divided

    A flaming shout
    Fire at will!

    • Both translations are badly skewed, and it’s not an informative way to acquire an understanding of German grammatical arrangements that are expressed as so.

      For example, ‘ein heisser schrei’ isn’t ‘a hot cry’ or ‘a flaming shout.’ In proper english, ‘ein heisser schrei’ would be something like ‘burning with desire to scream’ .. FIRE AT WILL! Because if you’re going to let go of or let out something you held onto like a burning stone in your hand, the flaming energy of your intent will be acknowledged in that sense. Sometimes there are fewer words in what in English takes twice as many words, or vise versa.

      Feuer Frei is a sister song to Metallica’s ‘Fuel’ in a sense that there’s a similar type of adrenal rush to be had if you want to let loose that fiery energy that you’re been holding back for far too long.

      The three words ‘ein heissen schrei’ are pretty powerful when said or sung (expressed) in the right context. Linguistics. Every language anyone learns has a different grammar structure. Nothing is more painful than watching an international film with direct-port-over translations. Only one with a fluent understanding of the two tongues can properly translate. Just don’t direct translate. You’ll sound worse than a broken record and it’s painfully awful to tell that to someone that doesn’t see it.

  6. “Ein Funkenstoss
    In ihren Schoss”

    I know a few years have passed and this doesn’t effect the meaning of this verse but I would not translate “Schoss” as “womb”. It rather means “lap” or “crotch”.

  7. its missing a part in the song.

    starting at about 2.12 you can hear him say “Dein glück, ist nicht mein glück, ist mein unglück”

    which i think means “Your happyness, is not my happyness, its my unhappyness” or something like that

  8. I don’t think the whole song has one meaning. It can be about sex, war and anger at the same time. That’s why I love Rammstein.

  9. I personally think the synth parts of this song remind me of the background music played on my favorite old Nintendo game ever…. can you guess it??? Anyone know Metroid???? OMG I loved that game!

  10. Brilliant song. The lyrics, how they’re sung, the music – it’s all so brilliant. A bit of pop, a bit of rock, a dancy vibe and a hint of gravel in Till’s voice. Awesome, and Long Live Rammstein!

  11. I never felt any ringtone I’ve ever heard was any good so I always had my phone on vibrate but this is now my ringtone. Every time I get a call, I feel like the most badass mofo ever.

  12. It looks to me more like a metaphor that the “birth of the destructive child”, that is, “the wretched person who I have become” was caused by the “spark within the woman named Anger”, which in of itself is caused by experiencing pain for the first time. Sex, anger, pain, sorrow, and personal growth all wrapped into one.

  13. Ahh, its been 6 moths since i studied a rammstein track.. my radio is getting mad at me. I agree with the two previous posts. Releasing anger by means of War and Sex and it would seem. Now when i think of WW2 when the soviets where now in germany, they where releasing their anger through war, and to contaminate the Arian race, they raped the females, and this is quite occuring in War in general. Now looking back as beeing from East Germany, it is quite possible that this song draws the paralels and intersections between bothe the aspects of war and war rape.

    Just my thoughts

  14. Tasha ‘s right…It”s a sex thing…RAMMSTEIN thrives on double-meanings, but this is so clear! releasing anger…lol, and Reise, Reise Seemann Reise is about voyaging sailors…suuuuure 😛

    Charismatic Enigma : I always thought it was drawing a parallel between sex and war –both are pervasively “male” things….i’ve met women who would argue that point…

  15. I hope I didn’t offend anyone with my previous comment; I just don’t find war to be in anyone’s best interest.

  16. I always thought it was drawing a parallel between sex and war –both are pervasively “male” things.

    I’ve also heard an interpretation that puts most of the focus on the third verse — “Gefahrlich, das gebrannte Kind mit Feuer, das vom Leben trennt”. Dangerous is the burnt child with fire that separates from life, or something along those lines.

    A child was brought up in a very effed-up life (perhaps abused or bullied) and has a lot of deep-seated rage inside that needs to be released one way or another. The first verse explores the possibility that he goes off to war and vents his rage through violence and government-subsidized murder, while the second verse parallels a firefight with sexual climax, perhaps suggesting “angry sex”.

  17. “From the fire that burns in desire
    A sparking thrust
    into her womb
    A hot cry
    Fire at will!”

    Releasing pent up anger? You’ve got to be joking. It’s about ejaculation, plain and simple.

    **high fives Guerrilla.1**

  18. You missed a whole verse.
    Dein Glück
    ist nicht mein Glück
    ist mein Unglück

    Your happiness
    is not my happiness
    it is my misery

  19. oh and Dorsay, you probably got some sexual frustration issues. But come on it’s 2010, it’s ok to be gay, hell everyone has at least tried it, those who haven’t are just to scared to.

  20. Releasing pent up anger caused by a woman????????Anger impregnating the mind????WTF you people are nuts, IT”S ABOUT SEX AND “FIRING” YOUR “GUN” IN A WOMAN………for all you prudes it’s about fucking, and there’s some other stuff int here for filler, but come on it’s Rammstein, have you seen the video for Pussy?????

  21. Feuer Frei actually translates as ‘Fire At Will’.
    It’s a German Military term.
    Yes Feuer Frei literally translates as fire free, but in this case it translation is used as an order, so the above translation of Fire At Will would be the correct term. 🙂

    Auf Wiedersehen! xD

    • Are you sure since this song is not about the German military? I take it literally.

    • Rammstein is known for using a lot of puns in their songs. It’s probably meant to be taken both ways.

  22. Well, I belive music is more related to emotions, than reason, that is why, most of us like this song the first time we hear it, even when we could not understand a bloody word!, am I right?…therefore, yes, if any of you guys has ever being really, and I mean REALLY PISS OFF!!, you will understand the meaning of FIRE UP!!..is just like “all hell loose”…like finding you girl in bed with an asshole who thinks you are a pussy, and just when he thinks he will play “Spartacus” with you, you find yourself breaking his jaw against the floor while smiling like a crazy, knowing YOU OWN HIS ASS!!..

    Sorry, I let myself go on this one…I, too, was an angry child…jejeje…

    P.S.: Pura vida!

  23. So I’m just curious, if the song is just about built up anger and all, where does “a sparking thrust into her womb” come in? =/

    • it comes from releasing the anger caused by a woman. Alot of their songs are related to relationships and this one is not really that different. Its them taking their anger out on the specific woman that who ever wrote the song was thinking of. But it can be adapted to any female who causes pain or anguish.

  24. I think the idea being conveyed is 'Open Fire' but I think everyone gets the same image in mind whatever way it is translated.

    • sorry about my Typo

      “Well the context and words are Fire Freely so its more like “Fire at will”

  25. Hey guys, great job on your carrer and songs, the one that catches my interest is Feuer Frei. I noticed you used the words "fire free" when the context should be "open fire", otherwise it kinda gets confusing with the "bang bang" part. I cant wait til the next album comes out!

    Sencerely: Typhus

    • tom, it s/b “you’re uber gay”…if you plan on insulting someone at least make sure you don’t sound like an idiot.
      this is a great song, and yes, pain/anger/frustration…these things are constant…mostly from having to put up with moronic individuals who fancy they know it all.

    • yeah pain is the only constant thing when was fifteen feuer frei was the song that i listened to most because of the lyrics and what it means (i was an angry child)


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