Der Kommissar

Album: Der Kommissar (1982)
Charted: 47 5
  • Zwei, drei, vier, one, two, three, it's easy to see
    But it's not that I don't care, so
    'Cause I hear it all the time, but they never let you know
    On the TV and the radio (Cha!)
    She was young, her heart was pure, but every night is bright she got
    She said sugar is sweet, she come a-rappin' to the beat
    Then I knew that she was hot

    She was singin'
    Don't turn around, oh
    Der Kommissar's in town, oh
    You're in his eye and you'll know why
    The more you live, the faster you will die

    Alles klar, Herr Kommissar?

    She said, "Babe, you know I miss Jill and Joe
    And all my funky friends"
    But my street understanding was just enough to know what she really meant
    And I got to thinking while she was talking
    That I know she told the story
    Of those special places that she goes
    When she rides with the others in the subway singin'

    Don't turn around, oh
    Der Kommissar's in town, oh
    And if he talks to you and you don't know why
    You say your life is gonna make you die

    Alles klar, Herr Kommissar?

    (Cha, cha, cha, cha, cha, cha)
    (Cha, cha, cha, cha, cha, cha)

    Well, we meet Jill and Joe and brother Herr with the whole cool gang and, oh
    They're rappin' here, they're rappin' there, but she's climbin' on the wall
    It's a clear case, Herr Kommissar
    'Cause all the children know
    They're all slidin' down into the valley
    They're all slipping on the same snow

    Hear the children
    Don't turn around, oh
    Der Kommissar's in town, oh
    He's got the power and you're so weak
    And your frustration will not let you speak
    La, la, la, la, la, la

    Don't turn around, oh
    Der Kommissar's in town, oh
    And if he talks to you, then you'll know why
    The more you live, the faster you will die

    Don't turn around, oh
    Der Kommissar's in town, oh
    Don't turn around, oh
    Der Kommissar's in town, oh (Alles klar, Herr Kommissar?)
    Don't turn around, oh
    Der Kommissar's in town, oh
    Don't turn around, oh
    Der Kommissar's in town, oh
    Don't turn around, oh
    Der Kommissar's in town, oh
    Don't turn around, oh Writer/s: Andrew Piercy, Robert Ponger, Johann Hölzel
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, AUSTRO-MECHANA GMBH
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 21

  • 80sdude from Not Chicago, Illinois, Usa I'm pretty sure they're saying "Ja" (yes, yeah) not "cha" ... and even I knew Der Komissar is specifically a reference to the communist Stasi in E Germany/ E Berlin. Better watch out cause in 2020 the same is coming to YOUR town with Covid commissars and secret police to "track" your exposure to a flu virus.
  • Andiconda from TexasI never knew what the song was about so thanks for sharing , but to me a good song is a good song dosent matter what genre it is . This a song that will have you singing "Dont turn around uh oh....and sure brings back memories.
  • John from UsaIt's a little more complicated than the people saying it's about Cocaine. Kommissar is a Russian word that referred to political authorities that enforced loyalty to the Communist Party. Those officers also existed in places like East Germany that had been taken over by the communists.
    So the song is about a somewhat wild and reckless young woman who's into the "party scene", using drugs and so on, but it's all under the watchful eye of the state. You could say, it's a kind of a snapshot of a slice of life from behind the Iron Curtain.
    The young people are yearning for freedom, in perhaps self-destructive ways.
  • Bill from SacramentoEveryone here is essentially missing the boat. Yes, the song is about cocaine. But you have to put this song into historical context. There was a great social upheaval taking place in Europe when this song came out. The term "Der Kommissar" was applied to the East German Stasi and the youth in both east and west Germany were rebelling against the damn wall Stalin ordered up in Berlin and Communism in general. You just didn't dare speak of issues like this in the Eastern Bloc, because people who expressed these types of freedoms often "vanished" in the dead of night if you get my drift. Artists like Falco, though he was born in Austria, grew up with this east vs. west mentality and the threat of Soviet tanks rolling through western Europe was always on the minds of a great many people. This song may refer to cocaine usage, but it was a protest song. A protest for freedom of speech. That's why Falco, in my opinion, asks "Alles klar, Herr Kommissar," or "are you OK with this? A song that proclaimed, we have this problem too. It was quite ground-breaking for the period, but only if you put it into historical context.
  • Jodie from XxGreat song about cocaine.
  • Shattered from New Orleans, LaKeith is right on the money. The song is essentially about a party girl who likes cocaine, hanging out, and avoiding the cops. The Falco version is a little more overt with the cocaine and drug references. In the German-language video, Falco gestures to his nose after the "sugar is sweet" line. He also says in English, "You wanna buy some stuff, man?" Lyrical mistakes on those silly sites are like genetic mutations--once the song is entered wrong, the incorrect version is simply passed along, forever.
  • Phil from YeppoonI think you'll find it's actually "Alles klar, Herr Kommissar?" ie "Mr" not "the".
  • Roman from Modesto, CaThe Peter Banks in ATF was not the Peter Banks from YES (who played guitar). In fact, ATF's Banks changed his name so he wouldn't be confused with the Yes guitarist.
  • Keith from Papillion, NeThe song is about cocaine--meeting up with others in public places, using cocaine, and looking out for the police. That is, "Don't look now, a cop's over there." Unfortunately, most lyric sites (as usual) mess up the biggest lyrical clue to the meaning of the song: where the ATF lyrics are "that her nose had told the story", the sites say "that I know she told the story." Listen for other references to cocaine: 'snow' and 'sugar' are slang for cocaine, along with lines such as "the more you live the faster you will die" and "every night is bright she got..."
  • Eric from Bend, OrI hadn't noticed that about the counting. I also think it's interesting that in the ATF version, they borrow the phrase "du bist sweet" from Falco's version, when a majority of the song is in English.
  • Paul from Winthrop, MaEver noticed that ATF starts the song by counting in German and sings In English,and Falco starts the song counting in English and sings in German?
  • Michael from San Diego, CaClassic 80's song that take me right back to high school!
  • Matt from Fort Worth, TxDoes anone know what this song is talking about???
  • Lance from Pittsburgh, PaCome on everybody, if you like 80's music, this gotta be in your top 10!
  • Johnny from Los Angeles, CaC'mon guys who doesn't like German rap/funk?
  • Kendall from Thomasville, Gadon't get me wrong though I still like it
  • Kendall from Thomasville, Gaeven though this song is extremely catchy, i have to say that by today's standards this song is extremely lame lol, I don't blame the VH fans for flaming them
  • Limmt from Colmar, FranceThe translation of Falco's version of "Der Kommissar" (original version, more than 7 million of copies sold) was written by Falco himself ho gave it to ATF.
  • Mick from London, EnglandATF toured with ELO & Queen before Van Halen. Although mis-matched with VH it sold the band a lot of records.
    A complete band history and news can be found at
  • Tim from Hendersonville, TnAfter The Fire opened for Van Halen in 1982 when they (VH) were on their tour supporting the Diver Down album. The crowd's reaction to ATF, as you might expect, was not exactly positive.
  • Kei from Salem, OrIronically enough, After The Fire had broken up BEFORE this song became a hit single, due to what they perceived as a lack of popularity.
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