"Scheiße" as written by Nadir Khayat and Stefani Germanotta....
I don't speak German but I can if you like (ow)

Ich schleiban austa be clair, es kumpent üske monstère,
Aus-be aus-can-be flaugen, fräulein uske-be clair

Ich schleiban austa be clair, es kumpent üske monstère,
Aus-be aus-can-be flaugen, fräulein uske-be clair

Ich schleiban austa be clair, es kumpent üske monstère,
Aus-be aus-can-be flaugen, fräulein uske-be clair

Ich schleiban austa be clair, es kumpent üske monstère,
Aus-be aus-can-be flaugen, fräulein uske-be clair

Ich schleiban austa be clair, es kumpent üske monstère,
Aus-be aus-can-be flaugen, fräulein uske-be clair

Ich schleiban austa be clair, es kumpent üske monstère,
Aus-be aus-can-be flaugen, fräulein uske-be clair

I'll take you out tonight do whatever you like
Scheiße, Scheiße be mine, Scheiße be mine

Put on a show tonight do whatever you like
Scheiße, Scheiße be mine, Scheiße be mine

When I am on a mission
I rebuke my condition
If you're a strong female
You don't need permission

I, I wish that I could dance
On a single fare
I wish I could be strong
Without somebody there

I, I wish that I could dance
On a single fare
I wish I could be strong
Without the Scheiße yeah

Oh oh oh oh oh without the Scheiße yeah
Oh oh oh oh oh without the Scheiße yeah
Oh oh oh oh oh without the Scheiße yeah
Oh oh oh oh oh without the Scheiße yeah

Ich schleiban austa be clair, es kumpent üske monstère,
Aus-be aus-can-be flaugen, fräulein uske-be clair

Ich schleiban austa be clair, es kumpent üske monstère,
Aus-be aus-can-be flaugen, fräulein uske-be clair

Now there's objectified
By what men say is right
Scheiße, Scheiße be mine,
Bullshit be mine

Blonde high-heeled feminist enlisting femmes for this
Express your woman-kind fight for your right

When I am on a mission
I rebuke my condition
If you're a strong female
You don't need permission

I, I wish that I could dance
On a single fare
I wish I could be strong
Without somebody there

I, I wish that I could dance
On a single fare
I wish I could be strong
Without the Scheiße yeah

Oh oh oh oh oh without the Scheiße yeah
Oh oh oh oh oh without the Scheiße yeah
Oh oh oh oh oh without the Scheiße yeah
Oh oh oh oh oh without the Scheiße yeah

I don't speak German, but I can if you like
I I I I I I don't speak German I I I but I can if you like
I I I I I I don't speak German I I I but I can if you like

I, I wish that I could dance
On a single fare
I wish I could be strong
Without permission, yeah

I, I wish that I could dance
On a single fare
I wish I could be strong
Without the Scheiße yeah

Oh oh oh oh oh without the Scheiße yeah
Oh oh oh oh oh without the Scheiße yeah
Oh oh oh oh oh without the Scheiße yeah
Oh oh oh oh oh without the Scheiße yeah

Ich schleiban austa be clair, es kumpent üske monstère,
Aus-be aus-can-be flaugen, fräulein uske-be clair

Ich schleiban austa be clair, es kumpent üske monstère,
Aus-be aus-can-be flaugen, fräulein uske-be clair


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"Scheiße" as written by Stefani Germanotta Nadir Khayat

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  • +10
    General CommentTo everyone who keeps critiquing Gaga's German, you're right--that isn't German. It's basically jibberish...It might have some hidden meaning to her, but she wrote it in "fake German" intentionally.

    The song starts with "I don't speak German but I can if you like"...and she repeats that throughout the song and says later "I don't speak German but I wish I did"...she is even telling you that it's not really German. It's BS. It's scheisse haha.

    Like some of the other comments mentioned, she wrote the song after she partook in a night of some kind of debauchery in Berlin. She had a good time and she didn't feel like apologizing for being a little naughty.

    This song has an empowering feminist message to it. It seems to me that it's about our society's double standards for men and women and about the assumptions we make about women and their motivations to behave in a sexual or controversial way. Women are criticized and judged for embracing their sexuality. Our culture puts pressure on women to feel guilt for enjoying sex "too much" or for having "too many" partners...Women who have a lot of sex or are open about enjoying sex and wanting sex are often viewed as "sluts" and dismissed as insecure or somehow needing validation from men. We tend to view women who indulge in their sexual desires as weak and lacking control. But we often praise men and admire the "power" of men who sleep with many women...We seem to expect them to see their sexual escapades as a source of pride...it confirms their masculinity. We expect men to "sow their wild oats" before they settle down...but if a woman does the same, it is for some reason generally viewed as something shameful.

    Gaga is saying that she likes sex and likes to be provocative. She is proud of her sexuality...but she is saying that she is tired of being judged and criticized for being a sexually empowered woman. She genuinely likes sex and pleasure and she likes it FOR HER...it's something SHE enjoys and she is proud of and she doesn't want to have to apologize to anyone for it.

    She seems to be lamenting over the way our culture judges and perceives her and other strong women who just want to have a good time:

    "I wish that I could dance on a single prayer/I wish I could be strong without somebody there/I wish that I could dance on a single prayer/I wish I could be strong without the Scheiße yeah"

    She is saying she wishes she could just have a good time without being judged for it. She likes being strong without depending on the approval a man. She feels like people expect her to need a man to guide her and approve of her behavior, but she doesn't. She wishes she lived in a society where women could do all of these things without getting shit (or "scheisse" for it). She wishes our society did not put these expectations on women to be both sexy and appealing and pure and virginal at the same time...She doesn't want to feel like she needs "permission" to be strong and/or indulge in her desires.

    She says "scheisse, scheisse be mine"...to show that she knows she will get the criticism from men and from society, but it's not going to stop her. She is taking the "scheisse". She rejects societal pressures to feel guilt about her sexuality and she will endure the criticism. It won't make her feel insecure or guilty.


    "Love is objectified, By what men say is right" --She is basically saying that no man gets to decide how or whom we love and in what quantities. Why should men get to define love? Why should they be able to decide that a women who is in touch with her sexuality is bad or weak? A woman can be a "blonde high-heeled" feminist...she can respect herself and still be totally hot and sexy...she can do it for HER.


    hmnnnon June 10, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentOK with the german part

    it's not proper german, some of it is gibberish some of it may be in a different language but i'm pretty sure it's intentional - she keeps insisting she doesn't speak german...
    heavymetaltroubleon May 26, 2011   Link
  • +2
    Song ComparisonWomen's empowerment? From a song with random German-in-French-accent parts called "Shit"? I LOVE LADY GAGA xD

    Second favorite song on the album, close to Government Hooker.
    SitarHeroon May 22, 2011   Link
  • +2
    Song Meaning"I went to a dirty party in Berlin, and wrote SHEI�E the next day. It's about wanting to be bad without permission. Shit." - Lady GaGa
    nodoubter90on May 29, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti love gaga and this album and this song be her german is horrible. and she used french and spanish words too.

    ich means I in german, austa mean femininity in french, clair means clear in french, es means it in german, madre means mother in spanish, i think monstere means monster in some language, aus means from, and the rest of the words are in english or probably made up

    so replacing all the real-non-english-words with translations it becomes

    I schlieban femininity be clear, it kumpent mother monster
    from-be from-can-be flaugen, begun be üske but-bair
    music1632on June 04, 2011   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationPersonally I think it's about how people try too hard to impress others and in extreme cases they even pretend to be someone they're not.

    By saying "I can't speak German but I can if you like" and then going on to make up "German" words, she's showing the extremes that people will go to and it's obviously had the desired effect as some people have pointed out that she is using a French accent and that her words are wrong which is what I think she was trying to achieve. She wanted you to notice, because when people try to be someone they're not, others notice and it can end up in embarrassment.

    Also, she says "I wish I could be strong without the Scheiße yeah", (Scheiße meaning shit), so she's saying that she wishes she could strong with out the shit, without having to lie to people and pretend that she is a strong person. She's wishing that she could just be strong on her own.

    I think the meaning of this song is confirmed in the lines "I’ll take you out tonight, say whatever you like/Put on a show tonight, do whatever you like" as once again she is taking on the persona of someone wanting to impress another by "doing whatever they like". By then going on to sing about female empowerment, I believe she is taking on another persona to say to the women who try to be someone they're not that they shouldn't and that they can be strong without the "Scheiße".

    This is just a personal opinion though, I don't know if anyone else has already said pretty much exactly what I have but never mind :-)
    caitlinmulgrew1on July 26, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLady Gaga is amazing, and not only because she is an american singer singing in German with a French accent.

    As for the meaning, i think it is about trying so hard to impress someone, then having them reject you, so your left feeling down and almost regretful that you tried (hence the name of the song - scheisse, meaning shit or dammit)
    PhObOton April 21, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLooking at the lyrics/listening to them it is obvious the "german" part is in multiple languages.
    skelekittenon May 25, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo me this song is all about female empowerment and being a strong woman on your own, making your own way and generally being fierce.

    I don't think any other artist could get away with writing a song in their own made up version of a widely recognised other language, but Gaga does it and it's just cute, I think mostly because she speaks about her desire to be able to speak german.
    "I don't speak German but I can if you like"
    "I don't speak German but I wish I could"

    I also think her inability to speak German metaphorically works alongside her frustration at how hard it is to be a strong, independent lady, as both seem to lead her to frustration and however hard she may find it, she's trying her best to do both and is doing it her own way.

    For this reason I think her making her own German sounding language is actually a big homage to the German language, like it's something she's aspiring to learn. I heard somewhere that Germany, especially Berlin, is one of GaGa's favourite places.

    BabyIWasBornThisWayon May 26, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation"I don't speak German but I can if you like."

    When she says this, then pretty much speaks jibberish, I interpreted this as her basically showing that a lot of women will put on a front (a mask) and pretend to be something they are not to please others around them (in the context of this song, to please men).

    Love is objectified,
    By what men say is right
    Scheiße, Scheiße be mine
    Bullshit be mine
    Blonde high heeled feminist,
    Enlisting femmes for this
    Express your women kind,
    fight for your rights

    This is basically the meat of the song, in my opinion. It describes the whole point of it.

    "Love is objectified by what men say is right."

    Basically saying that men (in a male dominated society) are determining what is right in love. Women must remain truthful, faithful, loyal, and pure, while society says that men can go watch porn, go to strip clubs, some sects of society even condone men cheating or treating their partner poorly.

    "Blonde high-heeled feminist, Enlisting femmes for this, express your woman kind, fight for your rights."

    Basically saying that she, along with other feminists of sorts, are encouraging other women to stand up and fight for equality in relationships. To not be the only gender held to extreme standards and damned when they fail... while the opposite gender gets away with expressing their sexuality and can even get praised for lying, cheating, sleeping around, etc.

    I don't think she's bashing being sexual, but moreso, bashing that the genders can't be equal in regards to sexuality. How women are damned for being sexual in any way, but men are praised for it (overall).

    But more importantly, how you don't need the approval of the opposite sex to feel and be a strong human being. You just need to be content with who you are as a person.
    Raphaeliteon May 09, 2013   Link

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