"Klavier" as written by Richard Z. Kruspe, Paul Landers, Till Lindemann, Doktor Christian Lorenz, Oliver Riedel and Christoph Doom Schneider....
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 aind verstimmt

Hinter dieser Tür
Sitzt sie am Klavier
Sitzt 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
Ich 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
Laushte sie mir
Und als mein Spiel begann
Hielt sie den Atem an



Lyrics submitted by gasmask

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

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Universal Music Publishing Group

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Klavier song meanings
Add your thoughts

29 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +1
    General CommentLearn German. German > all > English.
    ViLeMetalon April 27, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI ilke the subtle and also dramatic difference between "und wenn ihr Spiel begann hielt ich den Atem an" and "und als mein Spiel begann
    hielt sie den Atem an". It would not work as well in English, but the first one is more general, the second referring to one specific occasion. Which would be when he killed her. I also like the line "man löst sie vom Klavier", it somehow brings into my mind a vivid image of the corpse. This must be my favorite by Rammstein.
    sippanon May 28, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentKlavier is one of Rammstein's few slow and sentimental songs. It tells a story of a man who adored the way his girlfriend played the piano: und wenn ihr Spiel begann, hielt ich den Atem an (and when her performance began, I held my breath). However, it turned out that she had not been faithful and had played for another man as well. Till's character could not bear this and killed her, locking her away in the room with her piano. Sometime later, her parents force him to open the door of the room and they see their daughter lying at the dusty and untuned piano, long since dead.
    SoBe8503on April 18, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI thought i might add my tuppence worth, though alot has been already stated, though some of the conjecture i think is a bit off the mark.

    He is not revisiting nor looking back on the situation. It is sung in present tense in german, with the exception of the chorus and verse 2 which are the 'narrators' thoughts back to before the event.

    Verse 1 is the start of the discovery of the deed. He is being shouted at to open the door. Inside he is there with the corpse and the piano. The condition of the piano tells us he has been there some time.

    Verse 2 is his reminiscence of, and motivation for the killing. (As everyone has mentioned, she plays not for him alone (this doesnt have to be one other person, it could be multiple or even people in general) and to 'quench' his fury, he kills her (the whole blood onto fire metaphor). It was then that he locked the door (not previously) and then people began to ask after her.

    Verse 3 is the culmination of the discovery. With access to the room he is assaulted as distraught parents react. (He does not tell us who's parents they are. It can be assumed they are the girls parents, but equally it could be his, or even both of theirs (adding another rather grisly twist), because he uses a general article of die and der (the) instead of one for hers, mine or ours. Since he refers to them as 'the' mother and 'the' father though, this denotes distance to me, and thus i would presume it is her parents (with the distraught mother pleading that it not be true/ her child be alive, etc and the father lashing out in grief). The body is taken away and the (egocentric and unstable) reaction of the narrator is to tell us that 'they' (discoverers/parents) do not believe that he is deathly ill from the grief and the smell. (This again denoting the length of time spent in the room, as the body must still be fleshy but not fresh to stink. Furthermore, she is not taken (weg genommen) but rather is detached (Lösen: a verb which implies she is stuck or merged or doesnt want to let go of the piano), sugesting she is rather decomposed, or perhaps that the murder was very grisly and gore is splattered over the piano.

    The chorus is,as i said, a reminiscence of pre-murder times. It is both literal and a metaphor (as i suspect the whole song is). The last repetition of the chorus, with it's changed lyrics is a clever word game; being able to mean either or both that whilst he was in the room he played for her whilst she was dead and she 'listened' to him, or that as his 'playing' (aka his assault upon her) began, then she 'held her breath' (denoting her death and/or shock).

    The melancholic melody, offkey musical score and uncomfortable change in tempo with verse 3 does not convey in my opinion a romantic tone. It is jarring and unnerving (suggesting the killers mind and the unpleasantness of the deed). The underlying metaphor is one of obsession, not love. His look back upon the playing shows awe, but this is not coupled with any loving imagery at all. His obsession drives him to kill when it is revealed that he is not alone in receiving the benefit of her 'playing'. Also, the way that the story begins with him telling us of how the piano is no longer what it once was ( dusty and out of tune. It acts as a good metaphor for their 'relationship', as it can represent her, the relation between them and even the bridge that held them together (the playing/ the object of his awe), and then ends with him reflecting on his deed in an almost triumphant manner, suggests an unstable and obssesive mind. Powerful stuff all in all, and a brilliant song.
    lygophiliacon October 25, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentVery nice sog! romantic but tragic, they use many metaphors but not too hard to understand.
    Davidmarxon May 25, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My Opinionawesome
    Davidmarxon May 25, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is probably my favorite song by Rammstein. A song of lost love is what it is. Some times you cant rally tell what Till is trying to get through with his lyrics because he uses so many double meanings. But definately this has to be one of their best.
    kingpyroon April 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHe wanted to kill her so she would never play for anyone but him. How romantic! Awww.
    MetaLunaon April 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, i love it too. His voice at the beginning makes me smile, then i hear what the song is about. Also, it sounds quite similiar to 'Seemann'. Still, a great song nonetheless
    Psychedeliasmithon April 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenttoo bad i don't speak German.
    posterwithnonameon April 27, 2002   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain