- Rammstein has some. Yes, it's a German band, yes, it's NDH, yes, the singer may be the scariest guy alive... But God, isn't "Ohne dich" just..."Without you I cannot be
With you I am alone too
Without you I count the hours without you
With you the seconds stand still
They aren't worth it without you..."
- "Klavier" is one of the saddest songs, as it combines melancholic music with heart-wrenching lyrics, and Till sings it so emotionally, it's the perfect example of a Tear Jerker Song. Also, the lyrics do hint at a tragedy.
- "Nebel". Oh God, "Nebel"."The last kiss was so long ago
The last kiss
He does not remember it anymore..."
- The song is about a boy who stays with his girl while she dies. They kiss one last time, then she dies. It is implied that he never kisses anyone again after that last kiss.
- "Mutter" is pure horror and agony all in one, especially with the music video. The song is based on the band members' relationships with their own mothers, and the music video features the lead singer naked and bald in a concrete hole in the ground. Another person, presumably the singer's clone, is making an epic journey through a swamp and terrain to get to the hole, where he brings a bowl of water for the naked man to drink. The horrifying part is this — you have no idea whether the naked, imprisoned one is the clone, or if the well-dressed version is the clone, having replaced the original.
- The music video for "Rosenrot" is about a group of priests (the band members) coming upon a village, where they are all enticed and utterly enchanted by a very young girl (Rosenrot). Every night, they gather together in a circle and flagellate themselves, likely for thinking impure thoughts about her. The lead singer ends up being totally seduced by her, and she manipulates him into murdering her parents. When he emerges from the house, she smiles, then shouts — and the town wakes up and realizes he's killed her family. They burn him at the stake, and the girl is the first one to toss the torch onto the pile to set him aflame. AND she's hugging one of the other priests for support.
- The song, however, is about a girl who makes her lover climb a dangerous cliff to retrieve a rose that blooms there. He does, because she wants it — falls to his death. Quite a sad story, and keeping with the theme of the video to a certain extent — of a man who loved a woman so much he died for her, when all she cared about was herself.
- "Wo bist du". The lyrics about a person going into a downward spiral after a loved one dies and the end trying to commit suicide."The pretty girls are not pretty
The warm hands are so cold
All clocks have stopped
It's no longer healthy to laugh, and soon""I look for you behind the light
Where are you?
I don't want to be so alone
Where are you?
I look for you under every stone
Where are you?
I fall asleep with a knife."
- "Morgenstern". The song is about a girl who is so physically ugly that she hides during the daytime so that the light never has to shine on her face, but at night she pleads with the stars to "cast a warm light upon my frightening face/and tell me that I'm not alone." The way Till sings the chorus, injecting the words with just the right amount of loneliness and desperation... wow. Just wow.
"And the star wants to shine
- In the song there's another person, somebody who sees the girl and is in utter despair because he finds her so ugly... and yet he can't stop loving her. So he, too, prays to the stars for her to become pretty, asking them to tell her that she's not alone.
Onto the beloved of mine
It warms my chest and shakes
Where life beats
To see with the heart
She is beautiful."
- "Seemann" is a slow-paced song about someone drowning at sea, which Till sings in a higher, almost pleading voice."Now you are standing by the lantern
You have tears in your face
You take the fire from the candle
Time stands still and it becomes autumn.""They only spoke of your mother
Only the night is so merciless
At the end I am left alone
Time stands still
And I am cold."
- "Haifisch" sounds a bit aggressive — it's a Rammstein song, after all — but if you understand the lyrics they're actually quite touching. The song is basically about how dedicated the members all are to the band and to one another and how close they are. One line translates to 'if one [of us] isn't keeping up, we stop right away'.
- Furthermore, while the video is dark and more depressing, there's an easter egg/cameo that brings a moment of heartwarming during the funeral. There's no other celebrities invited to the funeral besides for the band... and Marilyn Manson, due to both how much he helped the band out after Columbine, putting their official press release on his website for more to see, having worked with the band plenty of times in the past, swapping shout outs, performing together and being good friends with Richard (so much so that Richard made Manson do a song for Emigrate's second album despite Manson insisting that Richard's version was better and he could never do it better than Richard). Basically, he's the only celebrity they see to be a close enough friend to belong at Till's funeral, and that's really sweet.
- "Roter Sand" is quite a sad and powerful song, the lyrics hint at a murder because a woman from a couple cheated on another man. The orchestral version ramps the sadness up a few notches.
- The other variant, "Liese", is possibly about the aftermath of the Russians taking over the Third Reich. The Russians raped and murdered the women and children after they took over the Third Reich. This version is much worse, due to the lyrics detailing it. Or it might just be the same sort of thing "Roter Sand" is about, but instead of the woman getting shot by her former boyfriend, she gets raped by him. He gets no punishment.
- The first phrase in the chorus of "Donaukinder" ("Wo sind die kinder?") translates to "Where are the children?". The narrator watches all the wildlife in his town die, smells them rotting in the river, and realizes his kids are missing. The song is about a real-life chemical spill in Romania, where several tons of cyanide solvent was accidentally discharged into a river. How many kids were swimming when the incident occurred?
- Add to that by reading up on the disaster- some call it the largest natural disaster since Chernobyl. By the time it got to the Danube (which features in the song title), the cyanide already went through at least 3 rivers big and small, and was highly diluted. The effects were felt not only in Romania, where the spill happened, but Hungary (thanks to the spill almost directly getting into 2 of Hungary's major rivers, first the Szamos then the Tisza), Serbia (via the Tisza and Danube as far as Belgrad), and even as far as Bulgaria. As for the question, the accident happened in January which means kids were not swimming in the rivers, per se, but they could have been walking by them- parents from all these places asked that question when seeing fish and other animals die and smelling their rivers stink- and just as the song states, the Romanian government and the mine itself denied everything and claimed ignorance for a good while. "Nobody saw what happened" indeed.
Tear Jerker / Rammstein