"Klavier (english)" as written by Oliver Riedel, Doktor Christian Lorenz, Christoph Doom Schneider, Richard Z. Kruspe, Paul Landers and Till Lindemann....
Sie sagen zu mir
Schließ auf diese Tür
Die Neugier wird zum Schrei
Was wohl dahinter sei

Hinter dieser Tür
Steht ein Klavier
Die Tasten sind staubig
Die Saiten sind verstimmt

Hinter dieser Tür
Sitzt sie am Klavier
Doch sie spielt nicht mehr
Ach das ist so lang her

Dort am Klavier
Lauschte ich ihr
Und wenn ihr Spiel begann
Hielt ich den Atem an

Sie sagte zu mir
Ich bleib immer bei dir
Doch es hatte nur den Schein
Sie spielte für mich allein

Ich goss ihr Blut
Ins Feuer meiner Wut
Ich verschloss die Tür
Man fragte nach ihr

Dort am Klavier
Lauschte ich ihr
Und wenn ihr Spiel begann
Hielt ich den Atem an

Dort am Klavier
Stand ich bei ihr
Es hatte den Schein
Sie spielte für mich allein

Geöffnet ist die Tür
Ei wie sie schreien
Ich höre die Mutter flehen
Der Vater schlägt auf mich ein

Man löst sie vom Klavier
Und niemand glaubt mir hier
Das ich todkrank
Von Kummer und Gestank

Dort am Klavier
Lauschte ich ihr
Und wenn ihr Spiel begann
Hielt ich den Atem an

Dort am Klavier
Lauschte sie mir
Und als mein Spiel begann
Hielt sie den Atem an


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"Klavier" as written by Paul Landers Richard Z. Kruspe

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    General Commentthis has got to be the saddest song that i have ever heard in my life...a man finds someone he really loves and the love triggers a pent-up catharsis leading to such ultimate loss....the concept itself is maddening
    blue_fireball_eateron August 20, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis is such a strong song...
    duffon March 27, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI have a different idea. This man's wife, girlfriend, signifigant other, is dead. We all got that much, but the man is bright lighted at the police station for possible suspects (such as himself.) I came to that though with the "questioned in time" line.
    Lord Wilhelmon June 07, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI've been working on a flash film for this, about a piano teacher from way back (George Washington's time period...I'm too stupid to know...) who has a little....obsession... with his student... to the point of killing her, "Sie speilt fur mich allein" as the song says lol
    Thaugloron April 13, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI love this song !!!!!!
    shroomyon March 08, 2005   Link
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    General Commentok yea i get that someone is dead, and i also agree that maybe he is getting questioned cos at the beginning its like a a police trick to get him to go into the area where the woman died, maybe to try to get him to confess he killed her.
    It also does sound like a music teacher who was in love with his student cos the mother and father were there and they were attacking him when they saw her.
    Just a thought tho may not b right
    =Filth=on May 19, 2005   Link
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    General CommentA man falls in love with a pianist and her music. He simply CANNOT have anyone else listen to this music but him, so he locks her up and makes her play for him. Soon people begin to get worried and brake down the wall to find her dead at the piano. They rush into the room filled with the stench of the corpse and lock away the man in prison where she plays for him in his mind over and over again.
    NOrefugeeon February 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI don't want to make waves and have everyone here jump on me, but I've seen it translated differently and it seems a little more literal than this one. *cringes*
    ToTheEnd3192on June 19, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"They say to me
    unlock this door
    the curiosity becomes a scream
    what certainly could be behind it
    behind this door
    stands a piano
    the keys are dusty
    the strings are out of tune
    behind this door
    she sits at the piano
    but she doesn't play anymore
    oh, that was so long ago
    There, at the piano
    I listened to her
    and when her playing began
    I held my breath
    She said to me
    I'll always stay with you
    but it only seemed
    that she played for me alone
    I poured her blood
    into the fire of my rage
    I locked the door
    they asked for her
    There, at the piano
    I listened to her
    and when her playing began
    I held my breath
    There, at the piano
    I stood beside her
    it seemed
    she played for me alone
    The door is open
    oh, how they scream
    I hear the mother pleading
    the father is beating me
    they take her from the piano
    and no one believes me here
    that I am deathly ill
    from sorrow and the stench
    There, at the piano
    I listened to her
    and when her playing began
    I held my breath
    There, at the piano
    she listened to me
    and when my playing began
    she held her breath"


    Does that seem any better? It's almost the same, but this is translated a little more closely, I think. Either way, its still one of the most sad and beautiful songs I've ever heard. Even in German you can still tell by his voice.
    ToTheEnd3192on June 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe lyrics you've posted plus the lyrics already here help put a better understanding on what the song might actually mean.

    To me it seems like a story about a man who loved a girl and when she played the piano, it represented their love to him.

    Some thing might have happened, perhaps just the passing of time, or her playing changed a bit, and he grew wary of their love.

    Never wanting their love and the music to die, he locked her in a room with the piano to play for him alone as he stood by her.

    Keeping her as a 'pet' away from everyone, people began to wonder where she was.

    Eventually they found the room with her corpse still at the chair and him a) standing over her as if she was playing, or perhaps b) holding her dead fingers and playing for her.

    The next part lays it out pretty well.

    He then goes to jail for her murder and the police take him back to the scene of the crime where the beginning of the song takes place.

    Very powerful story telling no matter the meaning though.
    CodenameTexon June 26, 2006   Link

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