You and I in a little toy shop
Buy a bag of balloons with the money we've got
Set them free at the break of dawn
Til one by one, they were gone
Back at base bugs in the software
Flash the message, something's out there
Floating in the summer sky
99 red balloons go by
99 red balloons
Floating in the summer sky
Panic bells it's red alert
There's something here from somewhere else
The war machine springs to life
Opens up one eager eye
Focusing it on the sky Where 99 red balloons go by
99 Decision street
99 ministers meet
To worry, worry, super scurry
Call the troops out in a hurry
This is what we've waited for
This is it boys, this is war
The president is on the line
As 99 red balloons go by
99 knights of the air
Ride super high tech jet fighters
Everyone's a super hero Everyone's a Captain Kirk
With orders to identify
To clarify, and classify
Scramble in the summer sky
99 red balloons go by
99 dreams I have had In every one a red balloon
It's all over and I'm standing pretty
In this dust that was a city
If I could find a souvenir
Just to prove the world was here
And here is a red balloon
I think of you, and let it go

Lyrics submitted by spunkykitten

99 Red Ballons song meanings
Add your thoughts


sort form View by:
  • +2
    General CommentThe song is about the cold war (arms race) of the erra. It was a time when we loaded up West Germany with nuks and and so did the USSR to the East. Which scared the crap out of everyone in Europe. Lots tension between the countries. As a kid during the 80s I always remembered being so scared of a nucular war, and wish my parents to buy a underground fall out shelter, but was told since we lived so close to an airforce base "located in South Dakota" we would be killed by the blast and not the fall out. This was a scary time I think for all kids of my age. With TV minni series such as "The day After" and hearing of people, schools requiring the reading of the book "Hiroshima" and hearing about being shot trying to get over the Berlin Wall for freedom. I lived in the country and we had missle silos on our nieghbors properties and all over the prarries of South Dakota filled with the Minuteman Missles and their was also one large abandon one that was about 12 stories underground which use to hold the Titan Missle, until the Minuteman took over. Kinda wierd, being only the age of 8 years old during this time how much all of us kids knew of these destructive weapons. I think though scared, I felt we where blessed and was always glad to born in the US instead of East Germany. Kids today may never know of (East/West Germany, Soviet Union, Union of Soviet Socialists of Russia also know as USSR) and a nerve racking feeling of tension, especially when Soviet Military Leaders of that time stated that if they knew where all 24 aircraft carries where located at one time he would try to sink them and start the war. Also does anyone of that time remember the Russian Bears (Equivalant to our B-52) making routine fly overs in our airspace over Alaska to check our response times of how long our fighters would take to detect them. So with all the tension and all the nervousness this was a protest song about how easy it would be to start a nuclear war with something as simple as a bunch of Childerns ballons.
    mcharnon October 21, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwhenever I hear this song I can never get it out of my head. I love it
    redcabooseon May 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about escaping over the berlin wall, duhh.
    paedroughon June 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is about someone mistaking ballons for missles and starting wwIII over it
    wavescrashedblueon July 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti like this song...i don't know why, it's so catchy! rawr!
    YouAreNotPunkon August 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeha, this song is about the mistakening of a balloon on a radar and beginning the 3rd World War..

    PunkNerd915on March 08, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of the few songs that gives be goosebumps when I hear it.
    Esenthielon April 09, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song aint teh best try understanding in its orginal german its quite bit different then you would expect.
    bornonaugust10thon May 04, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song was NOT recorded by Nina Hagen, who is a totally different artist, but recorded by Gabriela "Nena" Kerner
    nonemoreblackon October 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe reel big fish version of this song is si much better than this 1. Listen to it and u will realise wat i mean
    Dools_1171on December 12, 2005   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