"Ich Bin Ein Auslander" as written by and Clinton Darryl Mansell....
Listen to the victim, abused by the system
The basis is racist, you know that we must face this.
"It can't happen here". Oh yeah?
"Take a look around at the cities and the towns."

See them hunting, creeping, sneaking
Breeding fear and loathing with the lies they're speaking
The knife, the gun, broken bottle, petrol bomb
There is no future when the past soon come.

And when they come to ethnically cleanse me
Will you speak out? Will you defend me?
Or laugh through a glass eye as they rape our lives
Trampled underfoot by the right on the rise

[CHORUS}
"You call us..." ...Ich Bin Ein Auslander
"You call us..." ...Ich Bin Ein Auslander
"You call us..." ...Ich Bin Ein Auslander
"You call us..." ...Ich Bin Ein Auslander

Welcome to a state where the politics of hate
Shout loud in the crowd "Watch them beat us all down"
There's a rising tide in the rivers of blood
But if the answer isn't violence, neither is your silence

If they come to ethnically cleanse me
Will you speak out? Will you defend me?
Freedom of expression doesn't make it alright
Trampled underfoot by the rise of the right

[CHORUS]

Ich Bin Ein Auslander.
Ich Bin Ein Auslander.
Ich Bin Ein Auslander.
Ich Bin Ein Auslander.
Ich Bin Ein Auslander.
Ich Bin Ein Auslander.
Ich Bin Ein Auslander.
Ich Bin Ein Auslander.


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"Ich Bin Ein Auslander" as written by Clinton Darryl Mansell

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    General CommentAaaah...this is the song that made me love Pop Will Eat Itself.
    x_tank_kitten_xon August 13, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt's definitely "You owe us". On every other iteration of the phrase in each chorus, the full phrase is "you owe us everything."
    Dark Laithon January 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentActually, it's "(You call us) Ich bin ein Auslander."
    Blind Opiuson September 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI thought it was 'you owe us'... thats what it sounds like... but ah well.

    awesome song. Pretty straightforward... ww2, anyone? and why the hell aren't people commenting? hiss.
    Mizerable_Vanillaon June 04, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis one is about hostile British attitudes toward foreigners--the song title translates to "I Am An Outsider". PWEI were involved in the anti-Nazi movement in the early 90s.
    molofanon January 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe British National Party had recently caused an uproar in Tower Hamlets by winning a council seat, and it looked possible that the UK would see a revival in far right politics. It's a collaboration with Asian group Fun-Da-Mental, the song was scathing attack on the far right and the apathy that seemed to greet its resurgence.
    kmk_natashaon February 10, 2006   Link
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    General Commentafter the voice says "you call us", half of the time that voice says something else that overlaps the singer. i'm pretty sure it's "monsters", which makes sense.

    by the way, i can't decide whether this song is horrible or fantastic.
    hell_mongooseon January 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI believe what's actually being said in the sample, is "you call us...." for one of the lines, then, "you call us, nazis"...
    jamie ryanon October 04, 2014   Link
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    Song MeaningThe song is about solidarity with minorities targeted by right wing racists and fascists in the UK. At the time, and sadly still now, there was a number of racist groups violently targeting minorities.

    The core of the song is encouraging people to speak out against it, but without violent conflict. It also forwards the idea that if you tolerate violence against minorities, then next it will be the misfits and weirdos (outsiders) like us. When the Nazis targeted Jews, they also went after homosexuals, free thinkers and well basically anybody that didn't fit their idea of how the world should be.

    In that regards its sentiment is similar to the Manic Street Preachers "If you tolerate this, then your children will be next". Although that song was about the Spanish Civil War, fighting the fascist General Franco.
    DavidFanningon January 11, 2017   Link

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