Rammstein Morgenstern lyric with English translation

Sie ist hässlich dass es graut
wenn sie in den Himmel schaut
Dann fürchtet sich das Licht
Scheint ihr von unten ins Gesicht
So muss sie sich am Tag verstecken
Will das Licht doch nicht erschrecken
Lebt im Schatten bis der Schein vergeht
Sieht einen Stern im Zwielicht prangen und fleht
Mal mir Schönheit auf die Wangen

Morgenstern ach scheine
auf das Antlitz mein
Wirf ein warmes Licht
auf mein Ungesicht
Sag mir ich bin nicht alleine
Hässlich, du bist hässlich

Ich bin allein zur Nacht gegangen
Die späten Vögel nicht mehr sangen
Sah Sonnenkinder im Gewimmel und so
rief ich in den gestirnten Himmel

Morgenstern ach scheine
auf die Liebste meine
Wirf ein warmes Licht
auf ihr Ungesicht
Sag ihr sie ist nicht alleine

Morgenstern ach scheine
auf die Seele meine
Wirf ein warmes Licht
auf ein Herz das bricht
Sag ihr dass ich weine
Denn du, du bist hässlich
Du bist einfach hässlich
Der Mensch ist doch ein Augentier
Schöne Dinge wünsch' ich mir
Doch du, du bist nicht schön, nein

Morgenstern ach scheine
auf die Liebste meine
Wirf ein warmes Licht
auf ihr Ungesicht
Sag ihr sie ist nicht alleine

Und der Stern will scheinen
Auf die Liebste meine
Wärmt die Brust mir bebt
wo das Leben schlägt
Mit dem Herzen sehen
Sie ist wunderschön
She's so ugly that it gets dark
when she looks into the sky
Then the light is frightened
It shines into her face from below
So she must hide during the day
She just doesn't want to scare the light
She lives in the shadows until the glow fades
She sees a star shining in the twilight and pleads
Paint beauty onto my cheeks

Morningstar, oh shine
onto the visage of mine
Cast a warm light
onto my frightening face
Tell me I'm not alone
Ugly, you are ugly

I went alone in the night
The late birds no longer sang
I saw children of the sun in the throng so
I cried into the starry heavens

Morningstar, oh shine
onto the beloved of mine
Cast a warm light
onto her frightening face
Tell her she's not alone

Morningstar, oh shine
onto the soul of mine
Cast a warm light
onto a heart that's breaking
Tell her that I'm crying
Because you, you are ugly
You are simply ugly
Humans are just creatures of the eye
Beautiful things are what I want
But you, you aren't beautiful, no

Morningstar, oh shine
onto the beloved of mine
Cast a warm light
onto her frightening face
Tell her she's not alone

And the star wants to shine
onto the beloved of mine
It warms my breast and shakes
where life beats
To see with the heart
she is simply beautiful

A girl who is so ugly that she hides from the daylight so as not to scare it away. At night she pleads with the morning star to make her beautiful.

46 COMMENTS

  1. I think of this song every time I see a news story about a beautiful young girl who was devastatingly scarred in some terrible accident; Jacqueline Saburido, for instance.

  2. This song is more than a women who is ugly that pleads to the morning star to give her beauty. When he sings “Der Mensch ist doch ein Augentier” (humans are just creatures of the eye) it means that alot of people treat humans based on what they see. It is so true, the ugly are made to feel horrible and the beautiful are treated like Gods. It’s sad if you think about it.

  3. An update/elaboration of my thoughts of the song:

    The story is a male perspective (arguably) on what a physically unattractive female does throughout the night. The night could also be seen as a metaphor for when nobody else is around to witness her pleas to the heavens. Still, it isn’t in first person, so what she does is just assumed by the male character. According to him, she must go out at night and plea to the heavens to have a beautiful face. The man’s story of what she must be doing at night is heard(the lines all the way up to “Hässlich”) and interrupted to say that he is ugly in that he can’t see through an ugly face. This voice could be any authority that knows that
    the narrator should see through the physical attributes.

    So, he continues his story of what she does throughout the nights (Ich bin allein zur Nacht gegangen…Sag ihr dass ich weine, denn) and at this point he is cut off again to point out that his views are despicable and that humans are creatures of the eye. He wants beautiful creatures that have character, not beautiful looking creatures with no character. What this man is is utterly vile in the authority’s eyes and so the man isn’t considered beautiful.

    To finish the story, we’re met with the verse from before that the man is basically telling the morning star that his beloved, much like other women, are asking for that warming light. This is still in the ignorant point of view. The star wants to shine on his beloved, and when it does it makes the
    man feel a new kind of love for this woman, one that warms his chest and shakes his heart. And once he achieves the ability to see with his heart, he is told by the same voice that called him ugly that she is beautiful.

  4. I appreciate that, Izzie. I hope more people can appreciate the poetic value behind Rammstein’s lyrics as well.

  5. very insightful interpretation, Taryn.
    that is pretty much how i perceived it, as well.
    you clarify your elucidation beautifully.

    fantastic song.

    inspirational and beautiful.
    as is to be expected from an exceptional
    lyricist such as Till Lindemann.

  6. I noticed that as well, Izzie. The judgemental voice in the song seems to be the general view of a person based on physical appearance. So when it is found out that she has this beautiful soul, she becomes beautiful. The way I interpret it, it is just in the eye of the beholder, not a physical metamorphosis, but it still works. Also, this section:

    Morgenstern ach scheine
    auf die Seele meine
    Wirf ein warmes Licht
    auf ein Herz das bricht
    Sag ihr dass ich weine
    Denn du, du bist hässlich
    Du bist einfach hässlich
    Der Mensch ist doch ein Augentier
    Schöne Dinge wünsch’ ich mir
    Doch du, du bist nicht schön, nein

    Makes me think this part is the male perspective that wants to love the girl, but can’t appreciate her inner beauty and wants that same warming light to be cast on his heart that is breaking only because of her ugliness.

    So yes, when you see with the heart, you appreciate beauty that isn’t apparent at a glance.

  7. So, if i am interpreting this correctly, Taryn is correct, but the song reads:

    “And the star wants to shine
    onto the beloved of mine
    It warms my breast and shakes
    where life beats
    To see with the heart
    she is simply beautiful.”

    So despite her grotesque outer appearance, he finds beauty within and falls in love with her, and seeing with his heart, she becomes beautiful?

    so lovely.

  8. A song that simply points out that society makes physical beauty seem more important than who the person really is. As if to say that the more attractive the person is, the more they are worth. Such is life.

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