Rammstein Wo bist du? lyrics with English translation

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Ich liebe dich I love you
Ich liebe dich nicht I love you not
Ich liebe dich nicht mehr I love you no more
Ich liebe dich nicht mehr oder weniger als du I love you no more or less than you
Als du mich geliebt hast Than you loved me
Als du mich noch geliebt hast When you still loved me
 
Die schönen Mädchen sind nicht schön The pretty girls are not pretty
Die warmen Hände sind so kalt The warm hands are so cold
Alle Uhren bleiben stehen All clocks have stopped
Lachen ist nicht mehr gesund und bald It’s no longer healthy to laugh, and soon
 
Such ich dich hinter dem Licht I’ll look for you behind the light
Wo bist du Where are you?
So allein will ich nicht sein I don’t want to be so alone
Wo bist du Where are you?
 
Die schönen Mädchen sind nicht schön The pretty girls are not pretty
Die warmen Hände sind so kalt The warm hands are so cold
Alle Uhren bleiben stehen All clocks have stopped
Lachen ist nicht mehr gesund, und bald It’s no longer healthy to laugh, and soon
 
Ich suche dich hinter dem Licht I look for you behind the light
Wo bist du Where are you
So allein will ich nicht sein I don’t want to be so alone
Wo bist du Where are you
Ich such dich unter jedem Stein I look for you under every stone
Wo bist du Where are you
Ich schlaf mit einem Messer ein I fall asleep with a knife
 
Wo bist du Where are you?

“Wo bist du?” (Where are you?) is a song that was supposed to be on Reise, Reise but because Rammstein wanted to make Reise, Reise the hardest album they have made so far, it was felt that the song was too gentle and it was left out. The song begins with a clarinet and then the rest of the instruments begin to play. The song is different because the keyboard is the instrument that is easiest to hear.

 

44 COMMENTS

  1. The key word in understanding this song is “light”

    The most obvious interpretation is that it means death; but it could mean any number of things, and therein lies the genius of Rammstein.

  2. This song resonated with me so much after my cousin died even before I saw the translation of the title let alone the full song. There was something very mournful and sad buried within the heavy music. When I learned the translation of the title I knew there was something to my feelings. Then the full translation came and I was not too surprised I was mostly right. My emotions didn’t quite follow in the full meaning of the song but there was a small longing to find my cousin who was taken so young. Rammstein have such a masterful command of language and music it’s awe inspiring.

  3. My take on it is that hes trying to find the same love he used to have with other women but cant since his lovers passing. The women he gets with are cold and unfeeling unlike his lover; being depressed and not feeling happy anymore. He calls out to her hoping she will return. He sleeps with a knife because he constantly thinks about ending his life just to see her again.

  4. The posts are from so long ago I feel a bit silly for even posting but I’m going to. IMO, there is one line that says a lot. He sings “It’s no longer healthy to laugh and soon,” The next line he sings “I’ll look for you behind the light.” To me, he’s saying that soon, he’ll look for her behind the light…or death.

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