Rammstein Haifisch lyric with English translation

Wir halten zusammen,
wir halten einander aus,
wir halten zueinander;
niemand hält uns auf.

Wir halten euch die Treue,
wir halten daran fest
und halten uns an Regeln,
wenn man uns Regeln lässt.

Und der Haifisch, der hat Tränen
Und die laufen vom Gesicht,
doch der Haifisch lebt im Wasser -
so die Tränen sieht man nicht.

Wir halten das Tempo,
wir halten unser Wort;
Wenn einer nicht mithält,
dann halten wir sofort.

Wir halten die Augen offen,
wir halten uns den Arm;
sechs Herzen, die brennen -
das Feuer hält euch warm

Und der Haifisch, der hat Tränen
und die laufen vom Gesicht;
doch der Haifisch lebt im Wasser -
so die Tränen sieht man nicht.

In der Tiefe ist es einsam
und so manche Zähre fliesst
und so kommt es, dass das Wasser
in den Meeren salzig ist.

Man kann von uns halten
was immer man da will;
wir halten uns schadlos,
wir halten niemals still.

Und der Haifisch, der hat Tränen
und die laufen vom Gesicht;
doch der Haifisch lebt im Wasser -
so die Tränen sieht man nicht.

In der Tiefe ist es einsam
und so manche Zähre fliesst
und so kommt es, dass das Wasser
in den Meeren salzig ist.

Und der Haifisch, der hat Tränen
und die laufen vom Gesicht;
doch der Haifisch lebt im Wasser -
so die Tränen sieht man nicht. 

Lyric © Rammstein
We stick together
We endure one another
We hold onto one another
No one holds us back

We stay faithful to you
We firmly hold onto that
And obey the rules
If you leave rules to us*

And the shark, that has tears
And they run from the face
But the shark lives in water
So no one can see the tears

We keep our speed
We keep our word
If one can’t keep up
Then we immediately stop

We keep our eyes open
We hold each other by the arm
Six hearts that burn
The fire keeps you warm

And the shark, that has tears
And they run from the face
But the shark lives in water
So no one can see the tears

In the deep it is lonely
And so many a tear is shed
And it so happens that the water
In the oceans is salty

You can think of us
Whatever you want
We get compensation
We never keep still

And the shark, that has tears
And they run from the face
But the shark lives in water
So no one can see the tears

In the deep it is lonely
And so many a tear is shed
And it so happens that the water
In the oceans is salty

And the shark, that has tears
And they run from the face
But the shark lives in water
So no one can see the tears

Translation © Affenknecht.com

Submitted by EinHeisserSchrei

Translation Notes:

This song is about Rammstein and the fans. Rammstein stick together, do what they want. The fans are the sharks who “shed a tear” that no one notices when, for instance, we heard the band nearly broke up. “Six hearts that burn, the fire keeps you warm” is obviously the band making the fans happy.

* whether “wenn man uns Regeln lässt” means “If you leave rules to us” or “if you leave control to us” can be easily determined by looking up the spelling in the official booklet. if “Regeln” is spelt with a capitalised “R”, it means “rules” (noun), but if it is spelt uncapitalised, a verb was used. consequently: capitalised “R” = “If you leave rules to us”, but uncapitalised “r” = “if you leave control to us” which is more likely.

72 COMMENTS

  1. Oh, and yes for the nitpickers: “We never sit still” is of course better english than the author’s original “We never keep still”, but that’s nitpicking and does not matter to understand the meaning!

  2. Bad or not bad does not matter in this case – these texts are to UNDERSTAND the meaning.

    I still have not gotten an answer to my question from a native german speaker. Can SCHADLOS not mean HARMLESS too? I think the translation has missed another fun play with words of double meaning (we think we are harmless / we get compensation). Quoting my previous post:

    //
    I was wondering if “schadlos halten” does not also have a double meaning here:

    Man kann von uns halten You can think of us
    was immer man da will Whatever you want
    wir halten uns schadlos We think we are harmless
    wir halten niemals still. We never keep still.
    //

  3. Hey sockpants, I feel the same way with much of these translations.

    However if translators were allowed to change it that much then over enough time it would become a wreck like the Bible.

    The bible’s translation from language to language has caused it to be a mess. None of us would want that to happen to Rammstein’s lyrics now would we? =]

  4. There is some bad english in this translation… for example:

    And the shark, that has tears –> it has tears
    And they run from the face –> it’s face? (not literal, but better english)
    But the shark lives in water
    So no one can see the tears –> So the tears aren’t seen (by anybody) (passive)

    In the deep it is lonely
    And so many a tear is shed
    And it so happens that the water –> so it happens (otherwise it’s wrong), or ‘that is why’
    In the oceans is salty

  5. I wonder if by “six hearts that burn”, they could possibly be referring to the six albums they have?
    Also, I don’t get the video.

  6. The video goes: Till dies, funeral, characters fro
    other videos show up, 2 girls get into a fight, “deleted scenes” from the Du Hast
    video, remaining band members get into a big fight, one of them falls on Till’s coffin and breaks it…. It’s empty. Till ran off with this one girl… He sends a postcard. 😛 who knows? Could happen…

  7. To Taryn
    I just wanted to say great interpretation and breakdown of Haifisch, i think your view is very acurate, This song is so deep and poetic, i love it

  8. Kind of similar to Rammlied – “bist du einsam und allein, wir sind hier, schalte ein!” Or something like that, my memory for German lyrics isn’t great since I don’t speak German that well :-/

  9. forgot to add the most important thing: it’s about how they perceive and handle fame… They hate being “celebrities”, but they do it for the fans… just remember the song “Ein Lied”:

    “Wir sind für die Musik geboren
    Wir sind die Diener eurer Ohren
    Immer wenn ihr traurig seid
    spielen wir für euch”

    (We were born for music
    We are the servants of your ears
    Whenever you’re sad
    We play for you)

  10. @MOUZ: very good translation!
    “And the shark cries these tears,
    that run down from his face.
    But as the shark lives in water,
    these tears won’t be seen.

    At those depths ‘t can be lon’ly,
    and so many tears are cried.
    And that’ll be the reason,
    of the salt in (all) the seas.

    Cheers,
    Mouz”

    I like the song even more because it was inspired by “Die Moritat von Mackie Messer”

    and I agree, sounds a bit like DM 🙂

    The Shark symbolizes Rammstein as a collective – they seem strong and dangerous, but they have a soft core and feel lonely sometimes… Till Lindemann seems like a withdrawn guy, always avoiding reporters and stuff, I can totally recognize him in the lyrics… In an interview he said:

    Playboy: Is fire your passion?
    Lindemann: No, not at all, but I hate it to be observed on stage. When a guitar solo was played in former times I stood liked glued to the microphone. I always thought: I have to do something against it or I will die of loneliness and boredom. Fortunately a friend of mine was a pyrotechnist.
    […]
    Playboy: Why did those relationships never work?
    Lindemann: Because the feeling was missing, I never dared to be bound. Therefore I always was the one who was left and I always was totally shocked. But every time I realized: she’s right! The only good thing about this was that every time I was left the pain was a big push for my creativity.

  11. Personally i think it refers to operation haifisch the planned invasion of southern england… and i`ve spotted plenty more similar one`s too!

  12. Wir halten das Tempo = We keep our rhythm (or tempo)

    I was wondering if “schadlos halten” does not also have a double meaning here:

    Man kann von uns halten You can think of us
    was immer man da will Whatever you want
    wir halten uns schadlos We think we are harmless
    wir halten niemals still. We never keep still.

    Is this alternative interpretation possible? German is not my mother tongue, so I can’t tell. However, it is a very logical interpretation that falls in perfectly with the surrounding lines (better than the direct meaning “We get compensation”)

  13. Hi Mark

    That’s right! As Christian suggested earlier, the refrain:

    Und der Haifisch, der hat Tränen
    Und die laufen vom Gesicht,
    doch der Haifisch lebt im Wasser –
    so die Tränen sieht man nicht.

    Is based on the refrain from the song “Die Moritat von Mackie Messer” (“The Ballad of Mack the Knife”) from (“Die Dreigroschenoper” (The Threepenny Opera) from Bertold Brecht / Kurt Weill (1928!)

    The original is:

    Und der Haifisch, der hat Zähne,
    Und die trägt er im Gesicht.
    Und Macheath, der hat ein Messer,
    Doch das Messer sieht man nicht.

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