Do you spend your whole life trying to get back home?
Where do you go?
Kean old eyes unfold you in a kodachrome,
And feelings show.

Oh what do you know, baby
What do you know?
What do you know about where I come from?
What do you know?
Tell me, what do you know?
About who I am?

When I see you naked, I see more than the flesh.
Do you see the same thing?
Entertainment value,
No, I couldn't care less.
The feeling's high.

And you were so young, baby.
You were so young.
Dragging your feet in the face of creation.
I was so young,
Yeah, we were so young.
And still there was you, the center of me.
Oh, and still there was you, the center of me.

I don't know you, baby.
You don't know me.
We are just victims of the same situation.
Baby's big war,
Tell what you die for.
We were just born to lose this life.

Could we please get married?
Do this just for us.
The way we would do.
It doesn't make much sense, but maybe nothing does.
It never will.

And these gears years keep turning,
These lives keep burning,
And the love keeps changing around you.
Stuck in one place,
Painting your face
The color of milk,
The color of sky,
The colors of you,
The colors don't lie.

And I don't know you, baby.
You don't know me.
We are just victims of the same situation.

Baby's big war,
Tell what you die for.
Urges grow cold, but the feeling stays.

And what do you know?
Tell me, what do you know?
You don't know me,
Don't you question my love.

And what do you know?
Tell me, what do you know?
You don't know me,
Don't you question my love.


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Berlin, Without Return song meanings
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  • +4
    Lyric Correctionjust to add what is said in german before the song begins

    Woman: "Also was willst du mir sagen?" (so, what do you want to tell me?)
    Man: "...dass es mir leid tut" (....that i'm sorry)
    Woman: "Das hast du schon gesagt am Telefon" (you said that already on the phone)
    Man: "Ich hatte heute einen schlechten Tag und ich weiß auch nicht was mit mir los ist" (i had a bad day and i don't know whats wrong with me)
    Woman: "Na, dann solltest du vielleicht herausfinden was mit dir los ist. Du hast mich verletzt und ich weiß nicht warum..." (well, probably you should figure out whats wrong with you then. You hurted me and i don't know why)
    Kappimannon March 10, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General Commenti had to mention that this is one of my favorite line ever-

    "And I don't know you, baby.
    You don't know me.
    We are just victims of the same situation."

    it just reminds me of when i was on a date and we were in a pretty bad car accident that night. we really didn't know each other (as it was just a second date), but we sort of forced this relationship because we were "just victims of the same situation."

    love it
    HomerunHenryon October 21, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI'm pretty sure the third line is:

    "Keen old eyes unfold you in a kodachrome"

    It's a type of film, specifically an old type. It was first manufactured in 1935, which would put it in time for a picture to be taken in Berlin prior to World War II.
    Seldon2639on September 26, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWell, I'll comment. I love this song, especially the "We are just victims of the same situation."

    It seems to be about a couple in a war. They say they're in love and want to get married, but that might just be because of their dire circumstances. Their lives might end soon, so why not? I just get this sense from the song that their love might not be deep, and they're likely rushing into things, but who could really blame them?
    pGFPon August 05, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My Opinion"When I see you naked, I see more than the flesh."

    I'm in love with that line.

    I agree with the couple being not in love but getting married anyway because they might not have much longer left. It's an impulsive decision and they like that. No worries.
    KangaMFSCon February 28, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentUnless there's some official lyrics I missed, I think the line is "Kino eyes unfold you in a Kodachrome(TM), the feelings show."

    Kino is how you say movie cinema in German. Kodachrome is a type of film. Also I think it's, "The feelings hide," not "high." It makes sense against the previous line where the "feelings show."

    Thoughts?
    Deliberateon October 18, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"kino eye" is presumably a specific reference to the soviet film director dziga vertov, who advanced the theory of the same name in the 1920s - basically it's the idea that when we see the world through a camera, the camera becomes an extension of ourselves, like a new mechanical eye.
    his most famous film was "man with a movie camera", which was partially inspired by an earlier film "berlin: symphony of a city".
    alia612on October 13, 2012   Link
  • 0
    Song Meaningi strongly guess the meaning is quite simple. Ramesh moved to Berlin and Voxtrot broke up.
    Kappimannon April 10, 2011   Link
  • 0
    MemoryThe first boy I've ever loved showed me this song. Back then we didn't really know each other and we had nothing in common but we were both struggling with loneliness and deep sadness inside.
    He's no longer a part of my life but this song will always remind me of him.
    lovedbythesunon March 01, 2013   Link

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