A small human only pretends to die
it wanted to be completely alone
the small heart stood still for hours
so they decided it was dead
it is being buried in wet sand
with a music box in its hand

The first snow covers the grave
it woke the child very softly
in a cold winter night
the small heart is awakened

As the frost flew into the child
it wound up the music box
a melody in the wind
and the child sings from the ground

Up and down, rider **
and no angel climbs down
my heart does not beat anymore
only the rain cries on the grave
up and down, rider
a melody in the wind
my heart does not beat anymore
and the child sings from the ground

The cold moon, in full magnificence
it hears the cries in the night
and no angel climbs down
only the rain cries on the grave

Between hard oak boards
it will play with the music box
a melody in the wind
and the child sings from the ground

Up and down, rider
and no angel climbs down
my heart does not beat anymore
only the rain cries on the grave
up and down, rider
a melody in the wind
my heart does not beat anymore
and the child sings from the ground

Up and down, rider
my heart does not beat anymore

On Totensonntag they heard
this melody from god's field
then they unearthed it
they saved the small heart in the child

Up and down, rider
a melody in the wind
my heart does not beat anymore
and the child sings on the ground
up and down, rider
and no angel climbs down
my heart does not beat anymore
only the rain cries on the grave


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    General CommentladyMage is right about one thing it is sung like till is telling a story, i think that was intended cos "Hoppe hoppe Reiter" which is the "up and down rider" is from a german kids song:

    Up and down, rider
    if he falls, then he cries out
    up and down, rider
    if he falls, then he cries out
    if he falls into the marsh
    then the rider makes a plop
    Up and down, rider
    if he falls, then he cries out
    if he falls onto the rocks
    then his legs cause him pain
    if he falls in the marsh
    then the rider makes a plop

    Up and down, rider
    if he falls, then he cries out
    if he falls into the ditch
    then the ravens devour him
    if he falls in the marsh
    then the rider makes a plop

    that is an english translation of the kids song.
    =Filth=on May 11, 2005   Link

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