Rammstein Links 2,3,4 lyrics with English translation

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Kann man Herzen brechen Can hearts be broken
können Herzen sprechen could hearts talk
kann man Herzen quählen can hearts get pained
kann man Herzen stehlen can hearts get stolen
 
Sie wollen mein Herz am rechten Fleck they want my heart on the right place
doch seh ich dann nach unten weck but if i look down on me
dann schlägt es links then it beats left
 
links left
 
können Herzen singen can hearts sing
kann ein Herz zerspringen can a heart burst
können Herzen rein sein can hearts be pure
kann ein Herz aus Stein sein can a heart be of stone
 
Sie wollen mein Herz am rechten Fleck they want my heart on the right place
doch seh ich dann nach unten weck but if i look down on me
dann schlägt es links then it beats left
 
links … links … links left … left … left
 
links zwo drei vier left two three four
links zwo, links zwo, links zwo drei vier, links left two, left two, left two three four, left
links zwo, links zwo, links zwo drei vier, links left two, left two, left two three four, left
links zwo drei vier left two three four
 
kann man Herzen fragen can hearts be asked
ein Kind darunter tragen could there be a child under it
kann man es verschenken can you give it away
mit dem Herzen denken with the heart thinking
 
Sie wollen mein Herz am rechten Fleck they want my heart on the right place
doch seh ich dann nach unten weck but if i look down on me
dann schlägt es in der linken Brust then it beats in the left breast
der Neider hat es schlecht gewußt the envier knows it´s bad
 
links, links, links, links left, left, left, left
 
links zwo drei vier, links left two three four, left
links zwo drei vier, links left two three four, left
 
links zwo, links zwo, links zwo drei vier, links left two, left two, left two three four, left
links zwo, links zwo, links zwo drei vier, links left two, left two, left two three four, left
links zwo, links zwo, links zwo drei vier, links left two, left two, left two three four, left
links zwo, links zwo, links zwo drei vier, links left two, left two, left two three four, left
links zwo, links zwo, links zwo drei vier, links left two, left two, left two three four, left

This song was written in response to the many claims that Rammstein are Nazis that badly influenced various school shootings. The song’s chorus shows that the band’s political views are on the left (2 3 4). The song also has a double meaning. The line “Links 2 3 4″³ also means that their hearts beat on the left.

 

Links zwo, drei, vier (Left 2 (both zwo and zwei mean 2 in German but due to their similar sounds zwo is used here) 3 4)is also a German army chant.

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  1. As I recall the name of the NAZI party was selected simply to have a broad appeal. Socialism was popular at that time. So that was thrown in with German, national and workers. It’s well documented that Hitler detested socialism. Hitler is clearly NOT a leftist. Just like now in America the Tea party represents revolution AND patriotism, who wouldn’t love it? It’s not a group of people drinking tea or supporting the tea industry. It’s just a (somewhat) clever name to get them votes.

    Rammstein isn’t a political band, but I read a quote from one of the band members saying the song means: ‘if anything we’re on the left’. People hear Germans making aggressive music and playing with fire and call them NAZIs. Not only does the band dispell those claims but they do it with a hard, military-themed song. It’s a big middle finger to those people. And an illustration that you can’t judge someone for what they look like or a band by what they sound like. And you definitely can’t tell someone who they are or what they think or feel.

  2. According to the adjective “sozialistiche” from the name of Hitler’s Party (Deutsche NationalSOZIALISTISCHE Arbeiterpartei) … it could be concluded, that the party is left or socialist-oriented … so they are marching on the left! 😉

    • Exactly. National socialists are on the left political spectrum. I am a national socialist and know it better.

      • Bullshit, Nazis are fascists no matter what they call themselves. And the first thing they do is destroy the left.

      • “I am a Socialist, and a very different kind of Socialist than your rich friend, Reventlow. I was once an ordinary working-man. I would not allow my chauffeur to eat worse than I eat myself. What you understand about Socialism is nothing but Marxism. Now look: the great mass of working-men want only bread and circuses. They have no understanding for ideal of any sort whatever, and we can never hope to win the workers to any large extent by an appeal to ideals. We want to make a revolution for the new dominating caste which is not moved, as you are, by the ethis of pity, but is quite clear in its own mind that it has the right to dominate others because it represents a better race: this caste ruthlessly maintains and assures its dominance over the masses”- Hitler

        Sounds a lot like something a socialist would say… Hitler and the Nazi party were fascists, there are no two ways around this. Their policies weren’t socialistic, and they didn’t remotely support the labour unions. They were tyrants, and their being branded as fascists isn’t inconsistent with their political views/

  3. Personally, I feel this song is about stating the obvious in a way… Like, “you speak to me about metaphors… but I’m telling you the facts”… Like, “You ask if a heart can sing… you should know it can’t truly sing, beyond a metaphor… You act like you want my heart to be on the right side of the political spectrum, but you should know that my heart is really in the left side of my chest… my thoughts on politics doesn’t change where my heart is… what you believe me to be doesn’t effect who I truly am, and that is a fact”.

  4. This song I love for moral reasons. Truth is anti-german nazi peeps (those who believe all german are nazis) this song is anti-nazis. My heart beats on the left two three our means “we chose to be on the left side” and the left side is the side where the peaceful germans were, and on the right were the nazis or whatnot.
    At first though, this song scared me ’cause I’m only fifteen and I didn’t even know what it meant. 🙁

  5. My favorite song! (I think it will be forever)

    This song has a special meaning for me. Especially this part: “…der Neider hat es schlecht gewußt…”

  6. Imagine if you and your band were vehemently accused of being racist, and in response, you and your bandmates went on stage and performed an old-school 1920s black-face minstrel show. BUT… the entire show was a tribute to Black freedom movements, Dr. King, Rosa Parks, things of that sort.

    This is sort of like what Rammstein did with this song. On the surface, they loudly appear to be extremist right-wing warmongers, BUT if you pay attention to what they’re actually saying… it’s the exact opposite.

    • You don’t have to wear blackface to pay tribute to Civil Rights Movements, man. As a black fan, I thought it was a pretty questionable act.

  7. My interpretation of the message is as follows:
    In short: “People want me (my heart) to be at the right side (of the political spectrum) but when I look down it’s on the left.”

    I guess that IS a rather clear statement.

    At first I wasn’t sure but I can’t think of alternative ways to interpret the lines “dann schlägt es in der linken Brust, der Neider hat es schlecht gewusst” (which I think mean as much as: “then it beats in the left side of my chest, the person claiming the opposite was (is) wrong.”)

    My main language is Dutch, not English or German so I could well be way off in both interpretation and explanation :p

    On the other hand all the questions about what hearts should do or be able to do confuse me a little, now I guess they represent either the thought process leading to the “conclusion” contained in the lines mentioned above or some form of statement meaning the writer doesn’t have or want to have an opinion.

  8. I’m not so sure these guys intended this song to state what end of the political spectrum they are on.
    For me it simply shows the frustration with any group pressuring/programming you to believe or act in a manner completely opposite of what is inherently logical.

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