"Reise, Reise (english)" as written by Oliver Riedel, Doktor Christian Lorenz, Christoph Doom Schneider, Richard Z. Kruspe, Paul Landers and Till Lindemann....
Auf den Wellen wird gefochten,
Wo Fisch und Fleisch zur See geflochten,
Der eine sticht die Lanz' im Heer,
Der andre wirft sie in das Meer

Ah, Ahoi

Reise, Reise,
Seemann, reise,
Jeder tut's auf seine Weise,
Der eine stößt den Speer zum Mann,
Der andere zum Fische dann

Reise, Reise,
Seemann, Reise,
Und die Wellen weinen leise,
In ihrem Blute steckt ein Speer,
Blutet leise in das Meer

Die Lanze muss im Fleisch ertrinken,
Fisch und Mann zur Tiefe sinken,
Wo die schwarze Seele wohnt,
Ist kein Licht am Horizont

Ah, Ahoi

Reise, Reise,
Seemann, reise,
Jeder tut's auf seine Weise,
Der eine stößt den Speer zum Mann,
Der andere zum Fische dann

Reise, Reise,
Seemann, reise,
Und die Wellen weinen leise,
In ihrem Blute steckt ein Speer,
Blutet leise in das Meer

Reise, Reise

Reise, Reise,
Seemann, reise,
Und die Wellen weinen leise,
In ihrem Herzen steckt ein Speer,
Bluten sich am Ufer leer,
Bluten sich am Ufer leer


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"Reise, Reise" as written by Paul Landers Richard Z. Kruspe

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  • +3
    General CommentI'm not sure why "Reise" is translated as "arise", since the word is the imperative form of "reisen", which means "to travel". So, shouldn't it be "Travel, travel, seaman, travel"?
    paphanon November 06, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General CommentWell, as a DEP recruit in the U.S. Navy (don't hate me) I find this song quite inspiring, the song more or less calls seamen the soldiers of the sea, regardless of whether or not they kill man or fish. It speaks of the impact of war, and each seamen (or sailor, same difference) must learn to deal with such things. It also speaks how, if it could, the ocean itself would cry for those fallen, on every side
    Mr.Graveson December 03, 2004   Link
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    General CommentOne must realize that a vast portion on Rammstein’s lyrics are a wordplay to begin with – take the whole concept of ”Du Hast” as an example and ice the cake with ”Mein Teil”. ‘Reise Reise’ is definitely a naval wake up call. But to cut to the chase: am I the only one seeing the connection between this song and the CLASSIC Wolfgang Petersen movie ‘Das Boot’, which by the way is pretty much a staple in contemporary German culture (and you don’t have to German to know that)? That, and ‘Moby Dick’? Naval, see? It’s all about the hubris and nemesis, in war or in peace, and the struggle within - Ahab's obsession.
    savolaxon January 12, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commenthere is a very good explanation for the choice of words:
    Though written as a noun, "Reise" is obviously used as a verb in the song. The phrase "Reise, Reise" is used by seamen as a wake-up call and finds its roots in the Middle High German verb "risen", which meant "to rise" (to which it is obviously related as well). This verb has since died out in New High German, though the noun was retained and came to mean "journey" or "voyage". The verb "reisen" was rederived from the noun "Reise", but now means "to journey" or "to travel". It seems the old meaning has been preserved in this phrase in the seaman's language.

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    Jenna099on November 11, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentja, genau. this is an awesome song, a very good start to an awesome album. totally badass.
    Tapposon November 15, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentRAMMSTEIN FANS: MORE TO THIS SONG THAN YOU MAY HEAR
    Sure, whatever Balkazar. This song is about naval warfare for two reasons. Number one, the lyrics say so themselves. "Reise, reise" does mean arise, arise and is used in the German military as a wakeup call I am told. The second reason is even better. If you hold down the rewind/skip button on the cd player, you hear 37 seconds of the song you never hear otherwise. It sounds like alarms and people hollering, followed by an explosion which also testifies to it being military related. Seriously, hold down the skip button and hear for yourself.
    keyman7on March 10, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI guess there's a deeper meaning to it, but there are a lot of intentional sexual references, too. As usual in Rammstein lyrics ;-). Here's what i mean:

    "One thrusts the spear into a man
    Another then into the fish"
    ...could be refering to homo- and heterosexuality (in this order) as you COULD see "fish" as a metaphor for women in this song

    "In their blood a spear is lodged" can be translated "In HER blood a spear is lodged" as well
    ...I guess you get the idea what this could mean

    "The lance must be drowned in flesh
    Fish and man sink to the depths"
    ...could refer to the feeling of getting lost in sexuality
    sweetsmellofsunshineon April 28, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Arise, arise seaman arise
    Each does it in his own way
    One thrusts the spear into a man
    Another then into the fish"

    Some men are soldiers, others are fisherman. I think this is what these lines are saying (although, there is an obvious sexual connotation here too...although that could just be an immature observation...). It seems to me this song is saying everyone kills, just in different ways ("The lance must be drowned in flesh ").

    "Fish and man sink to the depths
    Where the black soul dwells
    there is no light on the horizon"

    Maybe this is saying that everyone dies. But it seems to be more critical...This song coud be considered an argument against eating meat...It also seems to be a negative view on war ("Even on the waves there is fighting /Where fish and flesh are woven into sea...In their blood a spear is lodged/They bleed softly into the ocean") Ah, I don't know. Could be all of that...or none of that. ^^;
    freakishfaeon December 01, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOh, and concerning the last two lines: "In their heart a spear is lodged /They bleed themselves dry on the shore". This seems to be saying that they bring thier wounds back with them, and it "bleeds them dry". Much like the psychological and emotional aftermath of war.
    freakishfaeon December 01, 2004   Link
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    General CommentAwsome song, for some reason I just can't help but feel that this song was inspired by a traditional seafaring ballad rather than something that Rammstein wrote on their own.
    Tindaloson December 02, 2004   Link

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