"Stein um Stein" as written by Oliver Riedel, Doktor Christian Lorenz, Christoph Doom Schneider, Richard Z. Kruspe, Paul Landers and Till Lindemann....
Ich habe Pläne große Pläne
Ich baue dir ein Haus
Jeder Stein ist eine Träne
Und du ziehst nie wieder aus
Ja ich baue ein Häuschen dir
Hat keine Fenster keine Tür
Innen wird es dunkel sein
Dringt überhaupt kein Licht hinein

Ja ich schaffe dir ein Heim
Und du sollst Teil des Ganzen sein

Stein um Stein mauer ich dich ein
Stein um Stein
Ich werde immer bei dir sein

Ohne Kleider ohne Schuh
Siehst du mir bei der Arbeit zu
Mit den Füssen im Zement
Verschönerst du das Fundament
Draußen wird ein Garten sein
Und niemand hört dich schreien

Stein um Stein mauer ich dich ein
Stein um Stein
Ich werde immer bei dir sein

Welch ein Klopfen welch ein Hämmern
Draußen fängt es an zu dömmern
Alle Nägel stehen stramm
Wenn ich sie in dein Leibholz ramm'

Stein um Stein mauer' ich dich ein
Stein um Stein
Und keiner hört dich schreien

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"Stein Um Stein" as written by Paul Landers Richard Z. Kruspe

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    General CommentCask of Amontillado - Edgar Allen Poe
    Akaneonon August 26, 2012   Link
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    General Commentwell hello there, my opinion about this song is, that it is strongly related to communism. the first clue that gave me this idea, were the lyrics: "stein um stein mauer ich dich ein" (stone by stone you are bricked in), which reminds me about the wall from berlin. you know, the big brother who has plans, big plans, and builds a "home" for us all. but this home has no windows, neither doors, so no outer light can penetrate this inner world. this could simbolise the iron curtain. every stone is a teardrop, every stone means opression, which you can never escape. yes, the big brother is building a "home" for us all, but don't fear because you will be part of it to, and he will be surveying us all the time ("ich werde immer bei dir sein"). helpless, you will watch as things become shape, but here comes the joyful part again (ironic o course), couse you, the people, will be part of the foundations, and will make this society truly shine. beside this world will be "the garden", the utopic vision of the western world, but again there's no escape, cause no one will hear you screaming for help. another hit of the hammer ( which is also a communistic simbol), but there's maybe a revolution starting up on the outside ("draussen fangt es an zu dammern"). you are opressed, you must obey cause all the nails, all the dictatoric ideas are standing straight in your mind, this is a trully genial work of till, perhaps the most marvelous of them all.
    norbertDon August 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is based on a Romanian folk tale, on a myth, we Romanians call it the Aesthetic Myth, or Sacrifice for Creation Myth. It's a ballad called The Argeş Monastery in which a builder by the name of Manole and his 9 workers ordered by the ruler of that time Negru Vodă - Black Vodă (Vodă = was a title name given to both the ruler of the country and the supreme commander of the army. He was historically attested by 1400-1500 AD in Wallachia - the south of todays Romania) to build the most amazing monastery that region ever had. They found the spot to build on, but what they had built in the daytime collapsed at night. Clearly there was some evil forces so Manole and the 9 workers take a solemn oath as to take the firs virgin wife or sister or daughter that comes first the next day with food, and build her in the foundation of the monastery to make it rise. The next day the first who came was Manole's wife Anna... So they took her and placed her in the foundation, Manole telling her it is just a game so that she accepts to stay there. After the monastery was finished Monole climbed up to ring the bells for Anna and jumped off because of the remorse. That was the sacrifice for creation. Sorry for my bad english :D If you are interested to find out more read this article en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…

    But in this song the "builder" didn't do anything in the name of the creation, he just sacrificed his beloved one for the sake of it, nothing special or profound... maybe just in that way they will be together.
    ContempTon February 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI absolutely agree with the comments about the protagonist wanting to keep a lover all to himself. If you have a look at Klavier as well, there's a definite jealousy theme coming through - he wants to keep the girl all to himself, even if that means effectively building a jail for her.
    atchion June 02, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song is about the Berlin wall, and the troubles of East Germany, and I think that the protagonist of the song, the "builder" is supposed to be the voice of the communists who built the wall in order to trap the east german people.
    "Jede Stein ist eine Traene"- every stone is a tear.
    "Und du ziehst nie wieder aus...Hat keine fenster, keine tuer"- "and you'll never move out...it has no windows or doors" like there was no way out, and the east german people couldn't escape.
    "Stein um Stein, mauer ich dich ein" "Stone upon stone, i'm walling you in"
    "Ich werde immer bei dir sein"-I will always be with you"- the east german people were greatly opressed, and had no freedom at all, like the idea that big brother is always watching.
    "Siehst du mir bei der Arbeit zu
    "Ohne Kleider, Ohne Schuh"- the east germans were suffering from poverty.
    Mit den Füßen im Zement".."you watch me as I work, with your feet in cement"- the east germans saw it all happening, but they werre powerless to stop it.
    "Draussen wird ein garten sein"- "outside there will be a garden" I think this "garden" is west germany, and capitalist western europe, and it is a garden in contrast to communist eastern europe.
    "Allle naegel stehen streim"-"all nails stand up right"- there were nails on top of the Berlin wall to stop the east germans trying to escape over the top of it.
    "Und Keiner hoert dich schreien!"-"and no one hears you scream"- the east germans couldn't voice their opinions.
    RiffRaffon June 10, 2007   Link
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    My Opinionnorbert your interpretation is damn good indeed :D

    this song makes me think of the fritzl case which freaks me out
    DieSchwarzeFeeon March 23, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningThen again, we could all be looking at this the wrong way. The literal meaning of the song is the story of a psychopath torturing/killing a victim in a stylized manner, but the intended figurative meaning could easily be about abuse.

    Has anyone here seen the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Behave Yourself" (the one with Jeniffer Love Hewitt)? The song fits the predatory rape scenario well: the perpetrator stalks his victim, knows where she lives, and routinely assaults her. He makes her feel walled in, and in a way, he is always with her, because try as she might, she cannot be free of him.

    Similarly, abusive/overbearing parenting may have this effect. Refer to Stephen King's Carrie for an at least partial example. Parents/guardians trying to control their offspring's life/lives could go overboard. Has anyone here seen Shine or Bend It Like Beckham? Imagine either of those cases, but at least twice as bad as the former and exponentially worse than the latter. You can trap/imprison and even torture your child(ren) if you try too hard. Alternatively, it can be about spouse abuse and domination. One spouse relegates the other to "stay-at-home" status and all the housework, refuses to let it actualize itself, and treats it like crap. I trust I have said enough?
    Snyarhediron May 01, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationIf you ask me, this song is about a person who wants to imprison and hurt his/her partner. I agree with the opinion that this is kind of morbid. Sounds like the actor in this song was severely injured before and now wants to punish someone else.

    It's one of the most social criticism songs from rammstein, i think. One that make you think about how to deal with your own violations and what's the most bad idea. And especially how far a pain could be.
    uortimon December 24, 2013   Link
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    General CommentJaeger - just in case you don't see my other posts - 'Fuck off' you ridiculous anti-semite
    TheBaronon October 11, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI see it as being about someone controlling a relationsip to the point where the weaker part loses contact with his/her former life and friends. The dominant person is too insecure to let the other one be free - it's not necessarily about love, but rather how fear of loss can push some people to extremes.
    GriZzmoon November 01, 2004   Link

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