The tears of a crowd of very old children
I string them on a white hair
I throw the wet chain into the air
and wish that I had a mother

No sun shines for me
there was no breast that cried milk
there is a tube that sticks in my throat
I have no navel on my stomach


I was not allowed to lick any nipples
and there was no fold to hide in
no one gave me a name
fathered in haste and without sperm

For the mother who never gave birth to me
I have sworn tonight
I will send her a sickness
and afterwards make her sink in the river


An eel lives in her lungs
on my forehead, a birthmark
remove it with the kiss of a knife
even if it causes me to die


An eel lives in her lungs
on my forehead, a birthmark
remove it with the kiss of a knife
even if it causes me to bleed to death

Oh give me strength

Lyrics submitted by John M

Mutter (English) song meanings
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  • +3
    General Commentyou cant always take translated lyrics litteraly,this song is a perfect example of badly traslated lyrics.all the band members say this is about peoples relationsin an interview with Circus magazine,guitarist Richard Kruspe said this song was about singer Till Linderman's relationship with his mother,the translated lyrics dont reflect that though,the translater probably used the litteral meaning for every word or it dosen't translated into english very well like so many other songs.
    OxygenWastingLoseron March 18, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentYou should look further then just lyrics, I am also a fan of tool, if you take their lyrics litarally it wouldnt make any sense at all, take your time and analyse the lyrics, I think Mutter is about a child ((maybe Till)) who never knew his mother cause she was never around, or dead, and that a baby sitter or stephmother took her place, and the child hated that person that took his mothers place
    Kookkieon May 29, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentMe thinks this song is about a test-tube baby. Pretty self-explanatory I'd say.
    Psychedeliasmithon March 10, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentJust my thoughts on the video..

    As people have noticed, both characters are Till. One, in my opinion, is the symbolic mother. The other is the child. He is trapped in a prison of ignorance and doubt, angry at his 'mother' for abandoning him, and yet at the same time wishing for his/her presence.

    Notice that the child wishes harm to the mother, for abandoning him, and yet when it shows the mother floating in the water, the child says "Mother? Mother?! MOTHER!", in anguish.

    The last words, "give me strength", show acceptance on the part of the child. He realizes that he cannot live without the mother figure he hates so much.

    I don't speak fluent German, nor am I Till, so I cannot say that I am correct. Even if I am, whether it represents the feelings towards his mother, or a nod towards the current baby/science debate doesn't matter. Music is meant to be a message, even if it's different for each person.
    Ibbickon September 25, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhen you think this song is about an aborted child, it sounds even more brutal.
    js10161597on August 01, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat a strange thing to write a song about...
    semicharmedgirlon March 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti know
    supersprm57on March 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwho cares if they used the literal translation I mean its still a good song either way that you translate it and personally I think that its spossa be trans'ed that way if you listen to how they sing it, the tone of their voice matches better then any other way
    shadow8985on April 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis s my favorite band! go RAMMS+EIN! and i agree with oxygenwastingloser... the literal meaning does not mean what they meant in the song.
    moviechick83on April 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is weird compared 2 rammsteins other songs, not unless it's badly translated!
    infest4evaon May 02, 2002   Link

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