"99 Luftballons" as written by and Joern-uwe/karges Fahrenkrog-petersen....
Hast Du etwas Zeit für mich
Dann singe ich ein Lied für Dich
Von 99 Luftballons
Auf ihrem Weg zum Horizont

Denkst Du vielleicht g'rad an mich
Dann singe ich einen Lied für Dich
Von 99 Luftballons
Und dass so was von so was kommt

99 Luftballons
Auf ihrem Weg zum Horizont
Hielt man für UFOs aus dem All
Darum schickte eine General

'Ne Fliegerstaffel hinterher
Alarm zu geben, wenn es so wär
Dabei war'n da am Horizont
Nur 99 Luftballons

99 Düsenflieger
Jeder war ein großer Krieger
Hielten sich für Captain Kirk
Es gab ein großes Feuerwerk

Die Nachbarn haben nichts gerafft
Und fühlten sich gleich angemacht
Dabei schoss man am Horizont
Auf 99 Luftballons

99 Kriegsminister
Streichholz und Benzinkanister
Hielten sich für schlaue Leute
Witterten schon fette Beute

Riefen, Krieg und wollten Macht
Mann, wer hätte das gedacht
Dass es einmal soweit kommt
Wegen 99 Luftballons

Wegen 99 Luftballons
99 Luftballons

99 Jahre Krieg
Ließen keinen Platz für Sieger
Kriegsminister gibt's nicht mehr
Und auch keine Düsenflieger

Heute zieh' ich meine Runden
Seh die Welt in Trümmern liegen
Hab 'n Luftballon gefunden
Denk' an Dich und lass' ihn fliegen


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"99 Luftballons" as written by Joern-uwe Fahrenkrog-petersen Carlo Karges

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  • +4
    General CommentDon't know if anyone's interested, but I thought I'd have a go at writing a translation of the German lyrics in a slightly less literal manner, one that could be sung to the original tune. I prefer the German lyrics to the official English version that Nena sang, and have always wondered whether they could have done the English version better. What do people think?

    My version:

    If you have a little time
    Please listen to this song of mine
    Of ninety nine hot air balloons
    On their way, on the horizon
    It won’t be long before I’m through
    This little song I’ll sing for you
    Of ninety nine hot air balloons
    And how they brought the world to doom.

    Ninety nine hot air balloons
    On their way, on the horizon
    An air force general watched them go
    And thought they were a UFO
    He gave the word to all the jets
    And ordered them to intercept
    But it was ninety nine balloons
    On their way, on the horizon

    Ninety nine jet fighter aces
    Scrambling from the air force bases
    Each one felt like Captain Kirk
    The sky lit up like fireworks!
    The leaders of the neighbouring lands
    Saw but didn’t understand
    All the bombs and all the guns
    For ninety nine hot air ballons

    Ninety nine security ministers
    Loved the threat of something sinister
    Drew their maps and made their plans
    Took their matches and petrol cans
    And called their people out to war
    The sparks were lit, we never saw
    That everything could end so soon
    Because of ninety nine balloons

    Ninety nine long years of war
    There are no winners any more
    Not even one jet fighter ace
    Ministers gone without a trace
    Today I’m going on my rounds
    Over the scorched and barren ground
    Here I’ve found one last balloon
    Let it go and thought of you.
    neiledwardon March 21, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentDirect English translation:

    If you have some time for me
    Then I'll sing a song for you
    About 99 balloons
    On their way to the horizon
    Perhaps you think of me a bit
    Then I'll sing a song for you
    About 99 balloons
    And that something [the war] comes from such a thing [the balloons]

    99 balloons
    On their way to the horizon
    Seemed like UFOs from space
    So a general sent
    A flying squad out there
    To raise the alarm if it were true
    Yet there on the horizon were
    Only 99 balloons

    99 jet hunters
    Each one was a great warrior
    Thought that there were Captain Kirk
    There were great fireworks
    The neighbors didn't understand anything
    And felt immediately "pissed off"/provoked
    Yet there they shot on the horizon
    At 99 balloons

    99 war ministers
    Matches and petrol cans
    Thought that they were clever people
    Already smelled greasy loot
    Shouted: War, and wanted power
    Man, who would have thought
    That one day it would come to this
    Because of 99 balloons

    99 years of war
    Don't leave a place for victors
    There are no ministers any more
    No jet engines either
    Today I'm doing my rounds
    Seeing the world lying in ruins
    Found a balloons
    Think of you and let it fly

    Thanks to Siobhán Silke
    channelreignon August 28, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is my little sisters favorite song.
    Every time I hear it, I'm reminded of her.
    She lives in the States, far away from where I live.
    I miss her everyday, but this song helps and makes me happy
    when I think of all the good times we've had together, growing up.

    I love this song!
    Tyler2004durdenon March 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnti-war
    Lerxson May 29, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYes, to a certain extent it is anti-war. But, specifically I think you could make an argument that it is anit-cold war. The fact that this person and her friend release 99 red balloons into the sky and a programming malfunction (bugs in the software) perceives it as a threat is a reference to the neurotic attitudes of the "superpowers" during the cold war.

    All throughout the song there is a crisis happening all the while these 99 red balloons innocently float above everyone.

    The end of the song is the result of a nuclear holocaust caused by the reactionary decisions of the leaders in the world. Supremely melancholy, bittersweet and on the right track, no matter whether some of the lyrics are a bit blown out of proportion.
    Hawkgoldon November 27, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnyone have a decent translation around? Babelfish butchered it, but I'd like to read somewhat english lyrics.
    El Teaon December 31, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat Song - Great Bassline

    For me, I thank God the Cold War is over. And it's beautiful to hear a song from Germany, the poor country stuck in between those two super powers. The song sums up their frustration at being the piggy in the middle during the tumultuous 80's. The fact that it's sung in German is even more beautiful.
    bkat004on March 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI thinks its against nuclear wepons and that everyone jumps to kill at the slightess things....
    xBrOkEn_DrEaMsxon March 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. ;p
    Nosdravdeon June 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAliens ooooooooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooo

    theyre crazy
    Johnny_Blitzkriegon December 18, 2005   Link

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