Rosenrot

Songfacts®:

  • 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. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Joseph - LA, CA

Comments: 13

  • Daniël from NetherlandsI think the song is teaching us that we should move on.

    Tiefe Brunnen muss man graben.
    -You ll have to go far
    Wenn man klares Wasser will
    -if you ever want to satisfy your girlfriend
    Tiefe Wasser sind nicht still
    -Just like deep waters, your girlfriends satisfaaction will go away after time, so next time you ll have to do even more to satisfy her.
  • Fuzzykittenkisses from UsaThe whipping is punishment for desires. They actually whipped themselves for the video as well...ouch.
  • Anastasia from South Jordan, UtThe whipping is an allusion to flagellation in Europe. It's honestly a metric ton of genius on Rammstein's behalf.
    Go read up on flagellants since it's a lot of information D=
  • Janina from Colone, GermanyIts spelled Schneewittchen...........heehee
  • Avery from Bucksport, MeThis band is so kick ass. they are like the best german metal band...Ever.
  • James Williams from Nowhere, Nmoh and This song is based upon the poem "Heidenröslein" by Goethe and the story "Schneeweißchen und Rosenrot" from the Brothers Grimm
  • James Williams from Nowhere, NmOK ITS ABOUT THE MONK LOVES THE GIRL BLAH BLAH BLAH SAME THING JOSEPH SAID

    EXCEPT THE WHIPPING IS FOR RELIGIOUS PURIFICATION LIKE BOBBY SAID

    THE SHIP AARON WAS TALKING ABOUT IS ON THE COVER

    THIS SONGS VIDEO WAS TO CONTROVERSIAL FOR GERMAN MTV SO IT WAS BANNED

    ROSE RED REPRESENTS THE BLOOD AND POSSIBLY THE GIRL THE GIRL ORDERS HIM TO KILL HER FAMILY WHICH APPARANTLY DISLIKES HER. SHE WANTS FREEDOM FROM THEM I GUESS.

    in the end "rose" represents the evil in the world


    till wrote this for a girl supposedly

    for his own thoughts about her just like the song
  • Kathy from Karben, GermanyOh, and I forgot: he's found dead holding the edelweiss in his hand(covered in blood)...tragic ;)
  • Kathy from Karben, GermanyThere's a German folksong(not very popular), my granny used to sing it to me. And it's about a boy and a girl. The girl askes the boy to bring her an edelweiss. So the boy climbs on a mountain. but just shortly after he gets the flower, he falls from the mountain and dies. The girl then cries over(?) him.

    Loved this song, well, it's quite similar to Rammsteins. :)

    And about the whipping, it's quite similar to the monk's whipping in Da Vinci Code ;)

    Great song!

  • Aaron from Harrisonville, MoRosenrot is a German Ship that was sent to America during the World War II.
  • Dan from Bethpage, NySomewhat the same as Bobby (TX), I believe that the other band members flog themselves to keep their own desires under control.
  • Zach from Ladysmith, WiIn some ways..this song is right... you shouldnt obsesse over someone to long it waste your whole life away while others are out having fun and enjoyin themselves you gotta keep your realationship to miniuium when your young..I hope mine doesnt come back to bite me.
  • Bobby from Fort Worth, TxI think the band members are whipping themselves as a form of religious purification.
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Gavin Rossdale of BushSongwriter Interviews

On the "schizoid element" of his lyrics, and a famous line from "Everything Zen."

Part of Their World: The Stories and Songs of 13 Disney PrincessesSong Writing

From "Some Day My Prince Will Come" to "Let It Go" - how Disney princess songs (and the women who sing them) have evolved.

The Truth Is Out There: A History of Alien SongsSong Writing

The trail runs from flying saucer songs in the '50s, through Bowie, blink-182 and Katy Perry.

Rickie Lee JonesSongwriter Interviews

Rickie Lee Jones on songwriting, social media, and how she's handling Trump.

Mike Love of The Beach BoysSongwriter Interviews

The lead singer/lyricist of The Beach Boys talks about coming up with the words for "Good Vibrations," "Fun, Fun, Fun," "Kokomo" and other classic songs.

Tom Bailey of Thompson TwinsSongwriter Interviews

Tom stopped performing Thompson Twins songs in 1987, in part because of their personal nature: "Hold Me Now" came after an argument with his bandmate/girlfriend Alannah Currie.