Rammstein Mein Herz brennt lyrics with English translation

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Nun liebe Kinder gebt fein Acht Now, dear children, pay attention
ich bin die Stimme aus dem Kissen I am the voice from the pillow
ich hab euch etwas mitgebracht I brought something to you
hab es aus meiner Brust gerissen Have cut it from my breast
mit diesem Herz hab ich die Macht With this heart i have the power
die Augenlider zu erpressen To blame youre eyes
ich singe bis der Tag erwacht I sing till the day wakes up
ein heller Schein am Firmament A bright shine at the heavens sky
Mein Herz brennt My heart burns
Sie kommen zu euch in der Nacht They come to you at night
Dämonen Geister schwarze Feen Deamons, ghosts and black elves
sie kriechen aus dem Kellerschacht They crawl up from the cellar rows
und werden unter euer Bettzeug sehen and will take a lok under your bed
Nun liebe Kinder gebt fein Acht Little children listen on
ich bin die Stimme aus dem Kissen I am the voice from the pillow
ich hab euch etwas mitgebracht I braught something to you
ein heller Schein am Firmament A bright shine at the heavens sky
Mein Herz brennt My heart burns
Sie kommen zu euch in der Nacht They come to you at night
und stehlen eure kleinen heissen Tränen And steal your little hot tears
sie warten bis der Mond erwacht They wait till the moon awakes
und drücken sie in meine kalten Venen And push them in my cold venes
Nun liebe Kinder gebt fein Acht Little children listen on
ich bin die Stimme aus dem Kissen I am the voice from the pillow
ich singe bis der Tag erwacht I sing till the day awakes
ein heller Schein am Firmament A bright shine at the heavens sky
Mein Herz brennt My heart burns

This song is about childhood nightmares. It makes reference to an old German childrens TV show named Der Sandmann. It was used as the introductory and the final song to the movie Lilja 4-ever.


  1. This song is amazing. It’s a type of song I can play for hours to be honest. The instrumental at the bigging is just buetiful. For some reason when he says,” mit diesem Herz hab ich die Macht”, it just sounds powerful on the way he says it, Just listen to it and maybe you will understand. Also when he starts saying like, “Nun liebe Kinder gebt fein Acht
    ich bin die Stimme aus dem Kissen
    ich hab euch etwas mitgebrach
    ein heller Schein am Firmament”.

    This part is so powerful in my opinion. The way he singings it, the backround music, it’s just wow.
    The work rammstein puts in his song and music videos is just amazing.

  2. Trying to make sense of this song by referencing the video is unreliable… was Snow White part of the song Sonne?

    The lyrics are pretty plain: The Sandman is explaining to children what his job is and how he does it. He seems to indicate pretty plainly why his heart burns… it’s because demons and ghosts come up from the cellar when the moon comes out, steal the children’s hot little tears, and press them into his cold veins… they reach his heart and it burns. His excised heart allows him to coerce children’s eyelids and make them sleep. His singing from the pillow can carry on all night, but at dawn he has to quit. Nice story. 😉

  3. Interesting to read others interpretations of this song, it varies lol. Think that is just how it is with every song ever made and it’s even better when the artist themselves let their listeners interpret the meaning. Growing up we all have different experiences that shape who we become as adults. We’re so vulnerable when we are babies, depending on our parent(s) or caregiver. Not all of us make it out alive and that alone to me is heart breaking. To those of us who do and experience trauma of some kind can bring that with them into adulthood and then repeat that abuse onto a child. A sad and depressing cycle.
    I haven’t gone into depth with this song to much but from what I’ve learned with the English translation and have had some vivid and terrifying nightmares as a child (still occasionally occur to this day), is a being, maybe one we created like a tulpa, that helps us get through the night. There are things that do go “bump in the night” as cliche as that sounds. Adults tend to dismiss it as imagination unfortunately and I’ve heard many stories from people about the horror they went through during the night. And those dark elves or whatever these things portray themselves to be, possibly Djinn, feed of that fear. It’s a literal problem happening all around the world, and every culture interprets it differently. One more thing, what has been known to help chase off this bad crap is praying for Jesus to help. Doesn’t he have some art depictions of a burning heart? Well that’s my little tid bit of information I’ve learned that’s been broken down as to not write a novel in this comment section. Right or wrong but it’s definitely a more different view of things if your mind isn’t stuck in a box lol.

  4. This is the intro song to the movie Lilja4ever. Great great movie about a russian Girl who ends up in Sweden trough trafficing. She kills her selves to these tones.. watch it!

  5. The violence perpetuated against children (mostly by adults) is long lasting and affects us into adult life, where the cycle is perpetuated. a subtext in the video is self defeating vengeance

  6. I wonder why no one has mentioned that it could be a metaphor for citizens being tortured by their government. Each of them was tortured by the Stassi for their subversive beliefs (ie, their music)
    I agree, that it references children’s nightmares, in general. But you cannot overlook the possibility that it could also be a form of self therapy for the band.

  7. here is the most accurate english translation

    Now Dear Children Pay Attention
    I Am The Voice From Your Pillow
    I have Brought
    Something To You
    I’ve cut it from my chest
    With this Heart I have the power
    To blackmail your eyes
    I sing until the day arises
    a bright light, in the heavens sky

    They come for you in the night
    the demons, ghosts & dark elves
    they crawl up from the cellar shaft
    and will live under your bed

    Now Dear Children pay attention
    I am the voice in your pillow
    I’ve brought
    something to you
    a bright light shining in the heavens sky


    They’ll come for you in the night
    and steal your hot little tears
    they’ll wait until the moon rises
    and will press into my cold veins

    Now dear children pay attention
    I am the voice in your pillow
    I’ll sing until the day arises
    a bright light shining in the heavens sky




      • But overall he’s saying that yes they come from the seller and they live under your bed and they steal the hot little tears and blah blah blah but that one is in the middle under your pillow to bring you the bright light from the heavenly skies

    • “und werden unter euer Bettzeug sehen” – and will look under your bedclothes/blankets, not “live under your bed.”

  8. I have a different opinion. Hear me out. When we take into account the video clip and
    the lyrics i say: Till (singer) was a victim of some terrors (could be nightmares, or worse, but not specified) together with the other kids. This is based on the fact that in the video he follows the “nurse” which is in one shot young and in the other old. Therefore he knew here at both times. This is also supported by the scene where the young nurse goes into the classroom and a young boy (young Till) in a rabbit costume shows her he will cut her throat. So obviously he seeks revenge. However I don’t think the main problem is the nurse. In the clip there is a demon who held kids in a basement of some kind. I would say he is the bad guy. In the clip the “staff” of the orphanage are taking tears (=pain) and put it in the veins of some kind of doll, who later takes the kids under her skirt, which is obviously a defensive move, trying to protect the kids. Like she feels their pain which circles in her veins all the time. This in my opinion is the effort of the orphanage to give the kids a home, like a mother figure who can protect them, because they can’t manage them on their own. The “Doll mother” takes a few kids under her skirt and saves them. The rest of the kids are locked up in the basement and only manage to get out when they are adults, which is also in the clip. Therefore I conclude that the anger of Till is the inability of the adults (nurse, staff and the doll mother in some extent) to protect the other innocent children from the horrors of the world. From this anger “his heart burns” and can’t continue in his life till he gets revenge and saves the rest. Ou and last thing. The “voice from the pillow” i believe is Till himself as an adult telling to his younger self and the kids that all we be good and he will revenge them when he is older and therefore can take care of himself. When he is done he rips out his heart, because his work is done and the sun can shine on the sky again= better days.

  9. Watch the video for this song. It makes clear reference to the child euthanasia programs carried out by the Third Reich. So, in part, this song is a metaphor for that horror. Words can express how sad this song is 🙁

    • True, but it’s much more than that. The video is clearly about the type of abuse involved in mind control (highly related with things like Mengele’s experiments and such).

      • Mihaela Radu, you are not only impolite, but also a total idiot. I am surprised that a fool like you is even able to type in a computer.

    • Spot on. *When the euthanasia of institutionalised ‘useless eaters’ and the ‘feebleminded’ children was ramped up to included adults, it gained the name Aktion T4; from the address of the “Tiergartenstraße 4, the building from which the programme was administrated. Curious that ‘they’ found a T shaped ‘pool’ (or was it constructed?) for the Piano version. Talk about detail.
      *(Note: some identify ‘T4’ as the name associated with the institutional children’s euthanasia programme, and some record it as when the programme started to include institutionalise adults).

      • It was filmed in the main bath house in The Beelitz Heilstätten hospital complex in Beelitz, Germany, has been abandoned for 25 years. I just watched a show on TV last week about it.
        The Ziet album cover I also saw recently in a movie, looked that up too. Some old Wind tunnel experiment of some sort

      • The bath house from their video was mention in an episode of MYSTERIES OF THE ABANDONED I watched just a week or 2 ago. They show alot of the entire complex..was beautifuleven though abandonedfor last 25 years…and the movie I saw the Zeit album cover in was AEON FLUX


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