Rammstein Hilf mir lyric with English translation

Ich war ganz allein zu Haus
Die Eltern waren beide aus
Da sah ich plötzlich vor mich stehen
Ein Schächtelchen nett anzusehen

'Ei' sprach ich, 'wie schön und fein'
Das muss ein trefflich Spielzeug sein
Ich zünde mir ein Hölzein an
Wie´s oft die Mutter hat getan

Immer wenn ich einsam bin
Zieht es mich zum Feuer hin
Warum ist die Sonne rund
Warum werd ich nicht gesund

Es greift nach mir ich wehr mich nicht
Springt mir mit Krallen ins Gesicht
Es beißt sich fest es schmerzt mich sehr
Ich spring in Zimmer hin und her

Oh weh die Flamme fäßt das Kleid
Die Jacke brennt en leuchtet weit
Es brennt die Haut es brennt das Haar
Ich brenne am ganzen Leib sogar

Immer wenn ich einsam bin
Zieht es mich zum Feuer hin
Warum ist die Sonne rund
Warum werd ich nicht gesund -
Das Feuer liebt mich
Hilf mir
Das Feuer liebt mich nicht -
Das Feuer liebt mich

Ich bin verbrannt mit Haut und Haar
Verbrannt ist alles ganz und gar
Aus der Asche ganz allein
Steig ich auf zum Sonnenschein
Das Feuer liebt mich
Das Feuer liebt mich nicht

Hilf mir
I was all alone at home
Both of my parents were out
There before me I suddenly saw
a little box, nice to look at

Oh, I said, how pretty and nice
That must be a splendid toy
I strike a match
Like mother often did

Every time that I'm alone
I'm pulled to the fire
Why is the sun round
Why don't I get healthy

It reaches for me, I don't resist
Jumps with claws to my face
It bites hard, it pains me a lot
I jump around the room

Oh no, the flame touches my dress
My jacket burns, it glows far
My hand burns, my hair burns
In fact my whole body is burning

Every time that I'm alone
I'm pulled to the fire
Why is the sun round
Why don't I get healthy -
The fire loves me
Help me
The fire loves me not "“
The fire loves me

I have been totally burned
Everything is burned completely
From the ashes, all alone
I climb up to the sunshine
The fire loves me
The fire loves me not

Help me

“Hilf mir” (Help me) is based on the story of “Die gar traurige Geschichte mit dem Feuerzeug” from “Der Struwwelpeter” by Heinrich Hoffmann (1809-1894). The story is about a girl who lights a match and develops an unusual love of fire (see pyromania). When a flame accidentally touches her dress, she, along with her house, is burned to the ground. At the end she rises from the ashes to the sunshine.


  1. Most of the interpretations and analysis of the lyrics in this thread are on point, I think. There’s something very subtle about the chours that I noticed not so long ago:

  2. ‘Immer wenn ich einsam’ bin does not mean ‘Every time that I’m alone’.

    It means ‘Every time that I’m lonely’ or ‘every time that i’m lonesome’.

    You can be alone without being lonely or not alone and yet lonely the two are not the same.

    That some of you somehow see being burned to a crisp as being a metaphor for masturbation
    is baffling to me…but maybe that’s because I’m not a christian brainwashed about ‘sin’.

  3. This song has another meaning you neglected to mention. Depression. “Every time that I’m alone, I’m pulled into the fire” when you are away from others you are more likely to let you feelings surface, and fire is the depression. It doesn’t start out as bad, just emotionally interesting, but it gets out of hand and burns you and everything else that you care about. Not wanting to get rid of it, convinced that “the fire loves me” and seeing otherwise. “From the ashes all alone, I climb up into the sunshine.” Meaning when you must go back into public you pretend nothing iis wrong. Just how I see it, but Rammstein has a way of making many different meanings with every song.

  4. The lyrics on this song are indeed pretty straight-forward, although ‘Warum werd ich nicht gesund’ might be considered a double meaning.
    The confusing thing is though, that a lot of other Rammstein songs are incredibly metaphorical.

    @ Maria, 1:42 am on February 16th, 2012

    He is obviously sex-oriented, as his nickname is Fleish-Gewehr. Look up the lyric to ‘pussy’, and you’ll see what it means.

  5. This song is so unbelievable
    I love Germans
    They are not like a lot of people think
    They are very friendly

    Rammstein for ever

  6. All these interpretations are appropriate, just depends on what topic you are focused & what level of abstraction you chose. Sex, drugs, & fire, and the many other powerful phenomena, are fascinating and dangerous. And yes, this song is a beautifully poetic expression of the old adage: you play with fire you will get burned.
    This dangerous fascination is an essential component of humanity; without it, we would not be. It is the essence of “how” & “why”… the compelling acquisition of knowledge and it’s power. At one level, this is an expression of the dangers to humanity, embodied in our own essential character.

  7. Der Struwwelpeter by Heinrich Hoffman is not just a book. It’s an old book for parents to help raise their children. It’s very nice to read, they’re, like, stories to tell your kids to keep them on the straight and narrow. Play with fire ? You’ll die. Suck yout thumbs, someone will cut them of. Keep yourself clean or you’ll die in your own filth. Tease or torture animals and they will bite your ass one day, play with guns, it can be used against you and kill you, and so forth. I read it when I was a kid, my aunt had it, I inherited it from her and it’s pretty scary for kids. Each story has a moral that tells about consequences of misbehavior in an scary way. And the subtitle is “funny stories with amusing drawings”!!!!
    It’s a bizarre book, so it fits Rammstein perfectly.

  8. berry – totally agree ppl read way to much into the lyrics. it is just about a pyro obsession… yep i hear das fuer liebt mich and then das fuer liebt dich nicht.

  9. @Fleisch-Gewehr, actually this is a pretty straight song. The lyrics is based of a novel or something about a girl who developes pyromanic behaviours. Just cause it’s Rammstein doesn’t mean it’s connected so sex.

    Btw, just me who hears “das feuer liebt mich” (screamed cocky almost stuck up tone) and “das feuer liebt DICH nicht” (said in a calmer, more explaining voice)? As if he’s telling himself that the fire doesn’t love him and he’s screaming back at himself that it sure does. ?????

  10. The entire song is a metaphor for sexual experimentation, the fire in this case being the opposite sex. In “playing” with the fire the girl is burned, and crumbles into emotional ashes when the fire ceases to love her.

  11. I lvoe these lyrics. How Till write his lyrics is just amazing. I don’t understand how he does it. I adore that man so much, he’s like a God. And his voice.. It is so pretty!

  12. I took me quite a long time to realise how the lines

    Why is the sun round
    Why don’t I get healthy

    go together.
    I think the whole theme of the song is a metaphor for addictions: the pyromaniac kid plays with matches, and gers burned, just like if you’re addicted to alcohol or to smoking, you will eventually die sooner due to your bad habits. Asking why ‘the sun is round’, is just like asking ‘why don’t I get healthy’, while you’re constantly destroying yourself: of course you’re not going to get healthy if you consume ten bottles of whisky a day, for example!

  13. I went through a small pyromaniac phase some years back. It stopped once I threw a handful of flour onto an open flame in a barbecue grill. Note: For the love of god, don’t do this at home, if you value your eyebrows. Nearly burned them off that way. Fire coming straight at my face – kind of woke me up to the fact that I could seriously hurt myself if I kept doing things like that.

  14. The ‘why don’t I get healthy’ probably relates to the person in which the song is about; questioning themselves. “Why am I like this (Why am I a pyro and why can’t I do anything about it) speaking as if pyromania is a problem. You can see throughout that the character loves fire, but also understands it’s a problem within himself / herself.

    P.S. After reading it again it could also mean ‘why won’t someone help me’ or ‘why can’t I help myself’ it’s not the sentences literal meaning but Rammstein is all about double meanings.

  15. does anyone know what the lyric ‘why dont i get healthy’ mean / relate to. is the girl sick and cant leave the house. or she has pale skin (effected by sun) just curious cheers guys!
    p.s travelled from australia to berlin to watch em at wuhlheide. it was fucking amazing!!!! defo. worth the trip!!!!

  16. (related to Tasha’s comment)
    I don’t smoke, but I love to play with fire!
    One time in class, one of my lighters fell out of my pocket so I tried to cover it with my foot.
    Mr.Scruggs was like “Why are you trying to hide that?” So I picked it up, put it in my pocket, and the entire class acted like nothing happened…
    LOL, most of them probably think I smoke!
    But nah, I just like burning stuff. XD

  17. This is my favorite Rammstein song ever. The little box reminds me of cigarettes, though I know it’s matches. Probably because I’ve been an underage smoker as a teenager. :\

  18. I started learning German because I’d always wanted to do so; Rammstein’s music and the lyrics translations on this site have helped a lot. Having something you actually want to translate goes a long way…

  19. This has really grown on me, It’s now a favourite. Makes me want to get into German literature.Just need ten years of lessons in the language first. Had thought about learning a new language for a long time as something to keep the brain on the ball. A growing love of this band finally decided which one to study. If you want to do something different, I can recommend this as an option. If you’ve spent time going through this site or simmilar then you’ll have a head start.

  20. Mortina, I know…I was expecting that they’d perform atleast 2-3 songs from ‘Rosenrot’ in the current tour. I have a feeling that they would perform these songs later when the promotional stage for LIFAD is over. Well, they should!

  21. Udeeksh, i completely agree with you – it is pretty disturbing.
    It’s great CD, along with all the others.

    About ‘Hilf Mir’ – I extremely love this song.
    Lyrics are truly amusing.

  22. This song is a materpiece and it pains my heart that it didn’t get it’s due recognition. Rammstein is the most under-rated band…They deserve so much more. Rammstein fur immer !

  23. this is my favorite rammstein song by far, but followed by sonne. They seem to have an obsession of the bad happening rather than the good. Better than the pussy american bands… Great lyrics and rhythm.

  24. RAMMSTEIN R THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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