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The title of the song translated means "Rose Red." In the video we see the lead singer, Till, catch the eye of a lovely young lady. Through the middle we see him doing her bidding because he is so hopelessly in love with her. At the end, we see him murdering someone, apparently by the will of the lady (who here will be known as Rose, just for the sake of reference). As he comes out of the house of the victim, he sees Rose standing there with a smile. Then suddenly, she points at him and yells, and the whole town comes to him and seizes him, then sets him aflame. The song is basically about a man who spent so much of his life obsessing and bending his will to a woman, only to find out at the end it wasn't worth it and got stabbed in the back. Throughout the video, we see the members of the band standing in a circle, half naked, and whipping each other, implying that the lead singer in the story here is whipped by Rose. (thanks, Joseph - LA, CA)
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