You see him creeping around the church
For a year he's been alone
Sorrow took all his senses away
Every night he sleeps beside her grave

There by the bells there is a stone
I'm the only one who can read it
And on the fence is the red rooster
Who once had been in your heart
Fear driven on this fence
I go digging every night
To see what remained
From the face that smiled for me

There by the bells I'm spending the night
There among snails a lonely animal
During the day I run after the night
You escape me for the second time

Marry me

I'm digging deep with my hands
To find what I missed so much
And the moon in its most beautiful dress
I've kissed your cold lips
I embrace you tenderly
But your skin tears off like paper
And parts are falling off of you
You escape me for the second time

There by the bells I'm spend the night
There amongs snails a lonely animal
During the day I run after the night
You escape me a second time

Marry me

So I take what remained of you
The night is hot and we are stripped
To curse the rooster who greets the morning
I have his head hacked off


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    General Commentawesome song, if rather depressing.

    you can take the song litterally, and it's a man who has lost his mind after losing the one he loves, and so goes to her grave and digs her corpse up.

    or there is some symbolizm. her being dead could just symbolize a bad breakup that he can't get over.

    And on the fence is the red rooster
    Who once had been in your heart

    "the red rooster" is the sun, "once had been in your heart" either means, you once were alive, or else, you once loved me

    all he has left of her is her memory, so going to her grave is recalling memories of her, but as time passes it takes more and more effort to hang on to the memories, and they are only barely sufficient.

    So I take what remained of you
    The night is hot and we are stripped
    To curse the rooster who greets the morning
    I have his head hacked off

    ill hang on to the tiny bit of memory i have left of you. now i am like you in that i have killed the life/love in me to stop the pain.

    dont have an explanation for "The night is hot and we are stripped" though... 8)
    Sahuaginon April 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI don't want to say that I think you misinterpreted the song, but I interpret the lyrics very differently...

    I don't think that the main character is OBVIOUSLY dead, as you say, because that is not necessarily implied by his creeping around the church. I think that his beloved died a year ago and that he has gone insane since that time (Sorrow took all his senses away), which is why he spends every night sleeping at her grave.

    I agree with you about the bells representing the church and the main character being the only one who actually cares about his beloved's death. I don't really have a better interpretation for the rooster either, so I'm just going to agree with you that he was either the woman's pet or simply a dear animal to her.
    About the fear on the fence: In the German lyrics, it says 'Die Furcht auf diesen Zaun gespiesst/Geh ich nun graben jede Nacht', which I would translate as 'Having impaled my fear on this fence/I go digging every night'. So the word 'driven' in the translation above might be a bit misleading, since 'aufspiessen' literally means 'to impale'. Within the context of the lyrics, this means that the main character has basically left his fear of being discovered digging up the grave at the fence. And as you said, he is digging in order to be together again with his loved one.

    'There by the bells I'm spending the night
    There among snails a lonely animal
    During the day I run after the night
    You escape me for the second time'
    These lines again state that he visits the grave every night. During the day, however, he longs to see his beloved as soon as possible, which he can't do during the day since he would be discovered - so he longs for the night (During the day I run after the night). And then he says that his beloved escapes him a second time, at which point the words 'Marry me!' pop in. It seems that the main character had asked this woman to marry him before and she probably declined - so she escaped him. But at least she was still alive and he could see her daily and hope that she changes her mind, but then she died and she escaped him a second time.

    So, in the next stanza, he continues digging in order to reach the woman he still loves, but as he reaches her and tries to embrace her, her skin tears off and body parts fall off of her - which gives another meaning to the words 'you escape me for the second time', since even in death she escapes him by disintegrating.

    But in the end, he doesn't even care about her condition anymore and simply wants to be with her, so he picks up what's left of her. This is why I do indeed believe that this song IS about necrophilia, since he has picked up the remaining parts to have sex with the woman who escaped him. And as he is having sex with the dead body, the rooster 'greets the morning', meaning that it's time for him to leave if he doesn't want to be discovered. He is understandably angry about this and hacks off the head of the rooster for bringing in the day... kind of like killing the messenger.

    So, to summarize, the main character has been visiting the grave of his beloved every night for an entire year now, and his insanity has given him the ability to leave his fear behind and dig up the grave every night to have sex with the woman who denied him her love while she was alive.
    paphanon October 20, 2004   Link
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    General CommentNo one has said anything on this song yet so I would like to be the first! LETS DISECT THE SONG!

    You see him creeping around the church
    For a year he's been alone
    Sorrow took all his senses away
    Every night he sleeps beside her grave

    (obviously she is dead and he is very lonley and his lonliness is becoming depression and insanity, kinda goes with Du Riechst So gut)

    There by the bells there is a stone
    I'm the only one who can read it
    (The bells = Church, and that he is the only one who can read it maybe means that he is the only one who CARES about the death of this woman anymore)

    And on the fence is the red rooster
    Who once had been in your heart
    Fear driven on this fence
    (The rooster was an old friend of the deceaced woman, who was once the Main characters friend. But the fear on the fence is maybe that he would be afraid that everyone would forget this woman after she dies)

    I go digging every night
    To see what remained
    From the face that smiled for me

    (He is trying desperatley to remember his loved one)


    There by the bells I'm spending the night
    There among snails a lonely animal
    During the day I run after the night
    You escape me for the second time

    (Ok so he is lonely and the day I think equals when everyone is just going about their day in and day out lives after the death of this woman, so she died physically, but now she is dying mentally, (you died a second time) )


    Marry me

    (I think she died before He could ask her to marry him, now this is getting into the song Du Hast)

    I'm digging deep with my hands
    To find what I missed so much
    And the moon in its most beautiful dress
    I've kissed your cold lips
    I embrace you tenderly
    But your skin tears off like paper
    And parts are falling off of you
    You escape me for the second time

    (By this point he has gone insane and desperatley wants to remember the fallen love, I think that he notes the physical atributes of the dead body is that he in coming to understand she is really gone)

    There by the bells I'm spend the night
    There amongs snails a lonely animal
    During the day I run after the night
    You escape me a second time

    Marry me

    (repeats)

    So I take what remained of you
    The night is hot and we are stripped
    To curse the rooster who greets the morning
    I have his head hacked off

    (I think this is possibly a memory not necrohphilia, and he just tells everyone who forgot her to kinda screw off, and let him love)
    SilasMoon89on June 25, 2003   Link
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    General CommentOh, sorry, I just realized that I misread your first line about the woman being dead - I read 'he' instead of 'she'... sorry about that.
    paphanon October 20, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI love the lyrics to this song - so morbid. This is my wnd fav Rammy song after Links
    Ch0pperon June 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think most of the song is kind of self-explanatory, the
    "night is hot and we are stripped"
    i'm pretty sure means the guy stripped both himself and the corpse after their marraige
    "To curse the rooster who greets the morning
    I have his head hacked off"
    Since using the rooster as a metaphor for the morning is the most logical thing I've heard (and I couldn't even think of a sensible answer on my own) I'm quite sure this means in the end the main character joined his love in death so he would never have to dread the morning again. The one thing I think is signifigant and heavily-overlooked however is the:
    "There by the bells there is a stone
    I'm the only one who can read it "
    Since it's only been a year the stone obviously isn't disinegrating and I think there's more meaning than everybody ignoring it. Does it imply a secret message she and him agreed about or will he not let anybody near the grave. I think whoever can figure out what's truly meant by that line may be able to piece together or confirm the meaning of the rest of the song. Also I think by:
    "You escape me a second time"
    He's talking about his g/f death as the first escape, not a refusal to marry him though it doesn't make much difference
    iatenineon December 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentFor god sakes its not "The night is hot and we are stripped." It's "The night is hot and we are naked."
    papageno19on June 22, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationAnyone consider perhaps that he was the only one who could read the stone since this was a secret grave he dug up to bury the loved one? Maybe she killed herself or he killed her ... but somehow she escaped him grasps once. Now she is escaping again in death.

    Also I am not well versed at all in German metaphors but could the red rooster just be the sun itself? Now of course I'm left to wonder as well whether chopping the head of the sun off measing he killed himself.
    sipon September 20, 2017   Link
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    Song MeaningThe song's about a man who lost his lover. He wants to dig her up to see her again. He finds her but she's in bad shape. A year of death will do that. He kisses her "takes what's left" meaning he sleeps with her.

    The bell is the shaft of the penis, and the stones are the testicles. Stones/balls are often equated to guts or nerves. Only he can translate if he's brave enough to do what needs to be done. The rooster (his penis) is unsure, or "on the fence" about the whole thing. Maybe I should %^&* a corpse, maybe I shouldn't. The roosters comes around though. In fact, the curse of the morning rooster symbolizes morning wood. Ready for round 2.
    clearlyitmeanson December 07, 2017   Link
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    General CommentThe 'red rooster' (roter Hahn) is an old German metaphor for fire. To 'put the red rooster onto someone's roof' means to burn down his house, as exemplified in a song about the peasant revolts in the early sixteenth century (the song was actually written after the First World War and later sung by far left and far right groups):

    "Spieß voran, drauf und dran,
    setzt auf's Klosterdach den roten Hahn!"

    (something like 'Up your spears, put the red rooster on the monastery roof').

    In the Rammstein song, the rooster obviously symbolizes the morning and life. The 'red rooster' (i.e. fire) creates a stark contrast to the cold of the nightly graveyard, the snails, etc.

    I must say that I absolutely hate this song, it is extreme even by Rammstein standards.
    FlorianGeyeron November 25, 2011   Link

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