You and I in a little toy shop
Buy a bag of balloons with the money weÂ've got
Set them free at the break of dawn
Till one by one they were gone
Back at base, sparks in the software
Flash the message â??somethings out thereâ??
Floating in the summer sky
Ninety nine red balloons go by

Ninety nine red balloons
Floating in the summer sky
Panic bells, its red alert
ThereÂ's something here from somewhere else
The war machine springs to life
Opens up one eager eye
And focusing it on the sky
The ninety nine red balloons go by

Ninety nine decisions treat
Ninety nine 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 ninety nine red balloons go by

Ninety nine 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
Scrambling the summer sky
Ninety nine red balloons go by

As ninety nine red balloons go by

Ninety nine 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 could find a souvenir
Just the prove the world was here
And here is a red balloon
I think of you and let it go


Lyrics submitted by kevin, edited by Marktewk

99 Red Balloons Lyrics as written by Carlo Karges Joern-uwe Fahrenkrog-petersen

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  • +4
    General Comment

    Ok, most of you is ALL wrong...Nena did do the original song and it's about the cold war. The red balloons represent Russia, etc, etc, etc. Anyway, it wasn't a dream of hers, it was an analysis of German/Russian relations

    obliquityon March 23, 2002   Link
  • +3
    My Interpretation

    So, this is my first time on here... I'm not really sure what to do, but here's my interpretation of the song...

    Let's start with the first bit... There are two lovers(?) in a toy shop. They buy a bag of 100 balloons and let them go at dawn. Here's where politics come in... You can all say different things but what I think is this takes place in Germany. The kids let off all but one of the balloons into the sky (99 red balloons) and this is picked up on the German radar defence net, and is misinterpreted as Russian(?) W.M.D.'s. the Germans activate their army/national guard and attack the Russians prematurely. The Russians anniahlate them with their nuclear weapons, destroying the Germans (this could be seen as WWIII by some)

    In the end the main character is standing in the rubble of the city. The girl has died in the battle. (he may be standing by her body or some sentimental crap like that) He pulls the final balloon out of his pocket and let's it go.

    I can see a few problems with what I said, but plz don't criticize.

    I would also like to ask that you put the original German lyrics up so ppl can decide for them self what they think the translation is. Also if you are going to translate it you might want to check the first line of German. Kriegsminister translates to War-minister, or secretary of war (kriegs=war minister=leader)

    So yea, there it is... Have at it if u want to be a critic, just don't be too mean. (=

    Spork1997on January 10, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    luft = air rot = red

    selftitledalbumon April 24, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    The song is about the cold war... The cold war was a silent war which was a power struggle for US and Russia. Super-Power vs Super-Power we both had nukes and were probably the 2 most powerful nations in the world... we were always trying to get ahead of the Russia's from when they launched the first satellite and we "got the 1st man on the moon"

    this song is all about what probably would happen if either country launched a nuclear attack "Back at base, bugs in the software Flash the message, 'Something's out there'" this is saying if our computers got the wrong message from our radars about missiles coming

    then the next section of the song is about what we would do... panic if we thiught they would sending missiles at us and shoot back..

    99 dreams I have had In every one a red balloon (a nuke) It's all over and I'm standin' pretty In the dust that was a city If I could find a souvenier Just to prove the world was here... And here it is, a red balloon I think of you and let it go. The writer is standing if the rubble from a nuclear war... he can't even tell it civilization once existed.. then he says here it is.. a red balloon... (the visible destruction from a nuke which is proof)

    --This is what i understand the meaning to be.. and though i cannot promise you this interpreatation is 100% true i think it is pretty accurate...

    i don't think this is how things would go if a nuclear attack happened.. but who knows...

    loft= red the song translated word for word mean 99 air balloons

    God Bless

    Timbaliyaton May 22, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    This is it boys, this is war!

    Haha. This is probably my favourite cover of a song. Ever.

    brassxknucklesxon August 18, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    yes, it's a cover of an old 80's (?) tune by Nena called 99 Luftballoons

    luft = red

    apparently it was about a dream she once had, and just thought it was kinda funny

    namrepuson February 02, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    I cannot believe this song, the jokey 80's pop cover song, has 100 more comments than any other Goldfinger song.

    Jesus CHRIST.

    hadakangon January 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    So, a couple goes and buys some balloons. They let them go. Then, they show up on some radar and they think the balloons are missles (bug in the software.) Aaaah, it's war! They send ourr the troops and then bomb a city.

    At the end he's in the city, which is now dust. All because of the ballons. Sad, powerful, good ass song.

    kevinon May 13, 2001   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    i love goldfinger, i mean i really do love them. they are one of my five favorite bands. but i don't love this song. i didn't really like the original and really don't like this song. their cover of 'up the junction' kicks ass but this one just doesn't work i feel. anyone else agree with me? probably not.

    aniotaon January 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Its a real nice cover by goldfinger.

    I like not too famous punk bands like golfinger

    BURGLAR KINGon February 06, 2002   Link

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