Hast du etwas Zeit für mich?
Dann singe ich ein Lied für dich
Von neunundneunzig Luftballons
Auf ihrem Weg zum Horizont
Denkst du vielleicht grad an mich?
Dann singe ich ein Lied für dich
Von neunundneunzig Luftballons
Und, dass so was von so was kommt

Neunundneunzig Luftballons
Auf ihrem Weg zum Horizont
Hielt man für UFOs aus dem All
Darum schickte ein General
'Ne Fliegerstaffel hinterher
Alarm zu geben, wenn's so wär'
Dabei waren dort am Horizont
Nur neunundneunzig Luftballons

Neunundneunzig Düsenflieger
Jeder war ein großer Krieger
Hielten sich für Captain Kirk
Es gab ein großes Feuerwerk
Die Nachbarn haben nichts gerafft
Und fühlten sich gleich angemacht
Dabei schoss man am Horizont
Auf neunundneunzig Luftballons

Neunundneunzig Kriegsminister
Streichholz und Benzinkanister
Hielten sich für schlaue Leute
Witterten schon fette Beute
Riefen: „Krieg!“, und wollten Macht
Mann, wer hätte das gedacht
Dass es einmal soweit kommt
Wegen neunundneunzig Luftballons

Wegen neunundneunzig Luftballons
Neunundneunzig Luftballons

Neunundneunzig Jahre Krieg
Ließen keinen Platz für Sieger
Kriegsminister gibt's nicht mehr
Und auch keine Düsenflieger
Heute zieh' ich meine Runden
Seh' die Welt in Trümmern liegen
Hab 'n Luftballon gefunden
Denk' an dich und lass' ihn fliegen


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99 Luftballons Lyrics as written by Carlo Karges Joern-uwe Fahrenkrog-peterson

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  • +9
    General Comment

    Don't know if anyone's interested, but I thought I'd have a go at writing a translation of the German lyrics in a slightly less literal manner, one that could be sung to the original tune. I prefer the German lyrics to the official English version that Nena sang, and have always wondered whether they could have done the English version better. What do people think?

    My version:

    If you have a little time Please listen to this song of mine Of ninety nine hot air balloons On their way, on the horizon It won’t be long before I’m through This little song I’ll sing for you Of ninety nine hot air balloons And how they brought the world to doom.

    Ninety nine hot air balloons On their way, on the horizon An air force general watched them go And thought they were a UFO He gave the word to all the jets And ordered them to intercept But it was ninety nine balloons On their way, on the horizon

    Ninety nine jet fighter aces Scrambling from the air force bases Each one felt like Captain Kirk The sky lit up like fireworks! The leaders of the neighbouring lands Saw but didn’t understand All the bombs and all the guns For ninety nine hot air ballons

    Ninety nine security ministers Loved the threat of something sinister Drew their maps and made their plans Took their matches and petrol cans And called their people out to war The sparks were lit, we never saw That everything could end so soon Because of ninety nine balloons

    Ninety nine long years of war There are no winners any more Not even one jet fighter ace Ministers gone without a trace Today I’m going on my rounds Over the scorched and barren ground Here I’ve found one last balloon Let it go and thought of you.

    neiledwardon March 21, 2009   Link
  • +4
    General Comment

    Direct English translation:

    If you have some time for me Then I'll sing a song for you About 99 balloons On their way to the horizon Perhaps you think of me a bit Then I'll sing a song for you About 99 balloons And that something [the war] comes from such a thing [the balloons]

    99 balloons On their way to the horizon Seemed like UFOs from space So a general sent A flying squad out there To raise the alarm if it were true Yet there on the horizon were Only 99 balloons

    99 jet hunters Each one was a great warrior Thought that there were Captain Kirk There were great fireworks The neighbors didn't understand anything And felt immediately "pissed off"/provoked Yet there they shot on the horizon At 99 balloons

    99 war ministers Matches and petrol cans Thought that they were clever people Already smelled greasy loot Shouted: War, and wanted power Man, who would have thought That one day it would come to this Because of 99 balloons

    99 years of war Don't leave a place for victors There are no ministers any more No jet engines either Today I'm doing my rounds Seeing the world lying in ruins Found a balloons Think of you and let it fly

    Thanks to Siobhán Silke

    channelreignon August 28, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    This is my little sisters favorite song. Every time I hear it, I'm reminded of her. She lives in the States, far away from where I live. I miss her everyday, but this song helps and makes me happy when I think of all the good times we've had together, growing up.

    I love this song!

    Tyler2004durdenon March 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Anti-war

    Lerxson May 29, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Yes, to a certain extent it is anti-war. But, specifically I think you could make an argument that it is anit-cold war. The fact that this person and her friend release 99 red balloons into the sky and a programming malfunction (bugs in the software) perceives it as a threat is a reference to the neurotic attitudes of the "superpowers" during the cold war.

    All throughout the song there is a crisis happening all the while these 99 red balloons innocently float above everyone.

    The end of the song is the result of a nuclear holocaust caused by the reactionary decisions of the leaders in the world. Supremely melancholy, bittersweet and on the right track, no matter whether some of the lyrics are a bit blown out of proportion.

    Hawkgoldon November 27, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Anyone have a decent translation around? Babelfish butchered it, but I'd like to read somewhat english lyrics.

    El Teaon January 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Great Song - Great Bassline

    For me, I thank God the Cold War is over. And it's beautiful to hear a song from Germany, the poor country stuck in between those two super powers. The song sums up their frustration at being the piggy in the middle during the tumultuous 80's. The fact that it's sung in German is even more beautiful.

    bkat004on March 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I thinks its against nuclear wepons and that everyone jumps to kill at the slightess things....

    xBrOkEn_DrEaMsxon March 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I love this song. ;p

    Nosdravdeon June 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Aliens ooooooooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooo

    theyre crazy

    Johnny_Blitzkriegon December 18, 2005   Link

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