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Good times. . .
Millennials go on about Brexit and issues of having to get a visa prior to travel. Well, consider that you are lucky you can get a visa. And be able to travel to these countries now. Because prior to the people’s revolutions + end of Communism in central European countries in the late 1980’s, no one in their right mind attempted to travel to these countries. Due to restrictions. Or only on a well planned holiday. (tho your friends would have thought you nuts) Think North Korea. The communists were highly suspicious of ANYONE from capitalist countries entering theirs. Thank god Germany is united today. And communism removed from Europe.
It reached #1 in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland...
The week that it was at #2 on the Top 100, the #1 record was "Jump" by Van Halen...
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Notice the air raid siren at the end of the song (English version anyways)
The music by Uwe Fahrenkrog-Petersen, the entire orchestration...it just "takes you there," with the driving bass and also the whimsical treble. All the members of the band seem to complement each other, to understand each other, and play their parts to pop-music perfection. Nena Kerner's voice is sweet and sexy but also feisty and sardonic, taunting.
It is fantastic, surreal, mysterious and yet somehow frighteningly real and poignant at the same time. The metaphors, the layers of the song, are so powerful. It appeals to the child in me, the adult in me, it expresses anger, fear and fantasy, the whole works. It suggests beginnings and endings...
If you think about what balloons symbolize, the concept here is nothing short of ingenious. Balloons represent hope, dreams, happiness, freedom. There are often balloons at a "grand opening" to celebrate something new, great expectations.
The writer of the song, the now-deceased Nena band member Carlo Karges, was at a Rolling Stones concert in Berlin back in the '80s when the Berlin Wall was still up. At the end of the concert, they released all these balloons into the sky, and he wondered what would happen if the balloons floated over the Wall and were mistaken for something else, like UFO's. It really could be catastrophic.
What follows is a story about "little misunderstandings" that bring about a big battle over something small: nothing really but a bunch of balloons. Everybody from a general to jet plane riders to war ministers, like Keystone cops, go hunting them down in a fatal confrontation.
The lyrics to the original Teutonic version are closer-to-the-bone, more realistic. If you think of this Armageddon-level scuffle taking place in a city divided, it is more human-scaled. The English take--while still communicating the plot and point of the original--loses the appropriate vantage point, and therefore some of the rich flavor and subtext.
The "letting go" of the balloon at the song's finale, the end of the world perhaps, is also a rich metaphor for forgiveness and giving peace and freedom a chance.
the second from last verse translates to:
99 ministers of war, matches and gas cans
Everyone wanted to be brave people
Everyone could sense the booty (Beute is an old german word but in the context means the financial gain of the war)
Declare/call war and [all] wanted power
who would have thought that it would have come this far
becuase of 99 balloons
If anyone missed the link for the web page w/ the translation before, it's [url]http://www.inthe80s.com/redger3.shtml[/url]
This song is about World War II. Germany was defeated ruthlessly during the war. The country was devistated. "99 dreams I have had/in every one a red ballon" means each balloon represents a dream. "It's all over and I'm standing pretty/in the dust that was a city" means Germany was completely torn up after the war. "If i could find a souvier/just to prove the world was here/and here it is a red balloon/i think of you and let it go" means this person is looking for something to show that Germany once lived...because it looks like a ghost town now. He/She finds it and lets it go because it's useless...Germany was destroyed.
A literal translation of the last verse in the German version would be:
A 99-year war leaves no place for victory
There are no more war ministers
And no more jet fighter
Today, I found myself looking around
At the world laying in ashes
I found a little toy balloon
I thought of you and let it fly.....
Let's take at danish as well:
Min tysklÃ?rer sagde en dag at vi skulle hÃ?re Nena. Alle drengene i min klasse sagde:"Argh" fordi de syntes at "99 Luftballons" var for gammel. Men da de sÃ¥ fÃ?rst hÃ?rte sangen elskede de den og det gjorde pigerne ogsÃ¥.
Sangen burde virkelig blive udgivet pÃ¥ dansk fordi den er sÃ¥ god. Den fortÃ?ller meget om krigen.
99 war ministers, matches and petrol, tought they were clever, they wanted good, fat, loots. War and they wanted might, but who has tought, that it would come this far just because of 99 balloons.
This was Nena's first and last number 1 song in Belgium. Nena FT. Kim Wilde, never made it this far. I love the song, but I do consider it a shame that it's been raped in mostly every single way. The punk/rock version is in my eyes only another raped version, also many do think it's just about balloons, and use it actually wrong as soundtracks... but listen and translate the German tekst to it's exact words... It still has deeper meaning than the English version. Nena's way of showing the world war is wrong is through that song, She brings it in a childlike manner. Because she conciders herself still a child. Altough she's now past 40 and has like 4 growing kids. Of all the four versions that have been brought out of this song the original one is the best.
- Emma,NT,Australia firstname.lastname@example.org
Streichholz und Benzinkanister
Hielten sich fÃ¼r schlaue Leute
Witterten schon fette Beute
Riefen: Krieg und wollten Macht
Mann, wer hÃ¤tte das gedacht
Dass es einmal soweit kommt
Weg?n 99 Luftballons
99 War ministers
Matches and petrol
Thought they were clever people
Already smelt the greasy loot
Shouted: War, and wanted power
Man, who would've thought that it would've come to this
Because of 99 balloons?
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