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Der Meister

by

Rammstein



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Generally, there are two meanings to be seen in this song. Some see the song as being about a Mob Hit, but it can also be a song about a murder ordained by the church, because of the references to angels, and saying the truth is a choir of wind and such. It could be saying that a heretic is being killed by the church for defying their "truth." (thanks, Scott - Mission, Canada)
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Matt... best comment ever.
- Morgan, Haskell, NJ
Chris i will take u up on your offer to translate if you would please. and i also agree it is good song.
- Kate, tulsa, OK
Methinks the song is about the apocolpse and that R+ is the Seven horsemen of the apocolse
- Bre, welland, Canada
Look, the song can't possibly be about Judgement Day. It contains no reference to Pollution, who took over after Pestilence retired in the 1920s because of advances in penicillin. Also, I'm sure they wouldn't have been so oversightful as to leave out the angel and demon who teamed up to prevent it happening.
- Matt, Saugus, MA
I've heard the song is a tribute to German legend Franz Beckenbauer and was originally titled 'Der Kaiser'
- ronnie, Huddersfield, England
God = "Lord", not "Master". Master = a higher being that can be any religious idol.
"Weil der Meister uns gesandt, verkünden wir den Untergang"... means "we proclaim doom, BECAUSE our master has send us". See the difference, the act of proclaiming doom is not initiated by the master, but the singer thinks that he has to proclaim doom because someone has send him. Meaning: A higher being sent us to earth (gave us our lifes) and mankind thinks that he has to proclaim the end instead of being happy and celebrating life. Taking the german grammar into account, this is the real meaning of this sentence .
"Der Reiter der Boshaftigkeit, fuettert sein Geschwuer aus Neid".
Similar to the apocalyptic horsemen, another horseman, the horseman of evilness is the protagonist in this verse. He feeds his abscess of envy. People look at each other not in approval but in enviousness. And envy leads to evilness. Too many people are envious and this leads to a huge evilness throughout the world. Personified as a horseman here.
"Die Wahrheit ist wie ein Gewitter"
The truth is like a thunderstorm, because you can feel it approaching (like in this song), and when it reaches you, it will destroy. The truth is that our life will end someday with death. But instead of enjoying the days we have, we try to make this place a hell on earth (not that radical but think of war, crime etc. and you get the point). And the truth that will come to you is the fact that life is not about sunshine in paradise at all. It is a dark place. And we do our best to maintain this situation.
"Weil die Nacht im Sterben lag, verkünden wir den jüngsten Tag"
This has nothing to do with judgement day.
The first part is about the dying night - which means DAWN. The beginning of a new day. A new day is associated with a new beginning, a new chance, sunlight, new hope. But "we proclaim judgement day". We do not appreciate the new day to come, we do not think this is a new chance, instead we fear about the change - the change of night to day - and think that this change will be the end. We do not want changes. We like the night. And if something changes, it has to be something evil of course.
"Die Wahrheit ist ein Chor aus Wind"
The truth is a choir made out of wind. We can feel it, we know it is there, but it has not enough substance to grip and hold it. It is something that is around us but cannot be easily destroyed. The many little situations each day where evil takes precedence in our thinking and acting sum up to the truth that we do not want to make our and others lifes more enjoyable.
"Kein Engel kommt um euch zu raechen"No angel will come to take revenge. There is no heavenly force that will put things right. We alone have the power to make the world a more happier place to stay. And no one will come to take revenge for our destruction because we ourselves have caused it, not someone else.
"Diese Tage eure letzten sind, wie Staebchen wird es euch zerbrechen"
These days are our last ones. In our life. Then we are dead. Meaning: We only have one life. Enjoy each day. Because each day can be the last one.
Like grass in a storm we will be blown away - death will end our lives. No one is immortal.

Think about this interpretation.
Heavy Metal always had some more depth in its lyrics :-)
- Mario, Bielefeld, Germany
I agree with Chris from Stuttgart that the song Der Meister is about Judgement Day. But 'Der Meister' is not God or his angels from the Bible.
They are the Anunnaki and their master, or god if you will, is Apsu
- Marten, Koudum, Netherlands
Flake once said in the Rammstein fan area chat room that this song is about God. I think it's a pretty good song
- Scott, Leatherhead, England
As I am from Germany, it´s easy for me to understand the Rammstein lyrics. And I disagree with the song meanings given above.
I´m quite sure the song is about judgement day, the apocalyptic riders, sent from the master (Der Meister) and how we will have to pay for all our sins.
If anyone requests it, I can try and translate the whole lyrics.
- Chris, Stuttgart, Germany
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