What does Amerika mean?

Rammstein: Amerika Meaning

Tagged: America [suggest]
Album cover for Amerika album cover

Song Released: 2004


Amerika Lyrics

We're all living in America,
America is wunderbar.
We're all living in America,
Amerika, Amerika.

Wenn getanzt wird, will ich führen,
auch wenn ihr euch alleine dreht,
lasst euch ein wenig kontrollieren,
Ich zeige euch wie's richtig...

  1. 1TOP RATED

    #1 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Oct 30th 2009 !⃝

    I am German and agree totally with the first interpretation. The sarcasm used in the song is typical of Rammstein:
    They are singing a song obviously against America and do it only part in English, knowing that American fans will sing along while they do not know the real meaning.

    It is the same with the new single "Pussy": Thought part in German language, this is especially for the American listeners - the German words used in the text are known to and understood by all Americans. They can sing along. This combined with Rammstein knowing that the text is too obscene to ever be airplayed in the U.S. makes up a perfect scandal and therefore perfect public attention.

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    #2 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Jul 10th 2011 !⃝

    Maybe it would be helpfull to notice the timing of distribution when after 9/11 the german gouvernment sworn "uneingeschränkte solidarität" to amerika and as a price for that has been driven into their first allover war in afghanistan and openly embarrassed by gwbjr for not doing a 2 as well.

    Despite we have more american soldiers in germany than our own, warfare isn't realy popular anymore (although we've been good at it) and america is viewed as the power whos trying to force us to it.
    I think thats more of the point, the fear of cultural or economical influence is'nt that far spread in europe or germany or especially the berlin/potsdam sqatersceane where rammstein has its roots

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    #3 top rated interpretation:
    alptraumdiekindheit
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    May 29th 2009 !⃝

    This song is about how America is into every other countries' affairs and how America must always be the one to lead and to influence every one else's choices. This song is more of a sarcastic bash at America's big nose in everyone's business. From what one can tell, the lyrics are stating that America is this all powerful leader in everything, though it forces it's culture into everyone else's life.

  4. anonymous
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    Sep 26th 2019 !⃝

    Rammstein is clearly 'unhappy' with American 'cultural' [if it is truly up to that level] hegemony into other cultures and societies, which has spread with economic and military dominance over the past 70 years. Micky Mouse in Paris, Burger King, smoking cigarettes, pizza, bowing to oil, etc. are disappointing and true aspects of American over-reliance/ dependence on and development of such a level of consumerism, "'light' "culture'", and even technological advances [I interpret the Apollo scenes/reference as America using the moonshot as a publicity performance, which it was, I guess]. While I agree with the debasing affect of this American low-culture I do accept the moon landings. Overall, without an inter-connected global society it is difficult to imagine a positive situation without a more positive situation in Amerika as the dominant world power. When Amerika 'goes bad' in quality or positive quantity it affects other cultures for good (true to stated principles) or bad.
    End of rant, I hope that I did not offend.

  5. anonymous
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    Mar 15th 2018 !⃝

    This might be the band's way of saying that whatever kind of European culture there was or is, America has changed or affected it in some way or form. Whether that be positive or negative is completely up to the listener. Honestly, everyone could interpret this song in different ways but the entire shift at the end where they say "coca-cola or death-", is basically saying that America could go from simply minding their own business and doing "what all Americans do". Which would be eating and drinking-
    Up to including themselves in wars and conflicts in other countries that they originally were not included in. Then again, that could be taken positively or negatively. That's what I like about this song
    -It's catchy
    -It allows the listener to interpret their own feelings and beliefs into what the song could mean
    -Not to mention the usage of the multiple mentions of American based items like Mickey mouse and Coca-Cola.
    Nobody is wrong, nobody is right. It all just depends on who is listening to it and what they believe.
    (THIS WAS NOT MEANT TO OFFEND ANYONE IN ANY WAY)

  6. anonymous
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    May 27th 2012 !⃝

    I think its about how most countries are losing their culture to the superpower country. Whether its willingly assimilating or being forced too. Do you guys remember the WalMart promo they did when this CD was released? Hilarious! They had no clue what it meant and said the band's name wrong in the advert. Lol!!

  7. anonymous
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    Mar 23rd 2012 !⃝

    Look at the Amerika's video. At the end, you see it is a made up video, and they are on the moon, saying that the fly to the moon wasn't real and that governements are all changing the way of seeing the truth of their own people.

  8. anonymous
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    Sep 8th 2011 !⃝

    Well, basically I believe the song is about how Europe Feels about America, America calls it's self "independent" yet, you realize it's not at all and once the other countries America depends on needs help, America basically says 'Fuck You' and then says,"well, we tried our best." And it's a very sarcastic song,and very very true.

  9. anonymous
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    Jul 10th 2011 !⃝

    kleine korektur zur übersetzung ;)

    If there is dancing, I will lead,
    even if you turn on your own
    let you be controled a little,
    I'll show you how it's done correctly.
    We form a lovely round dance,
    the freedom is playing on all violins,
    Music comes from the White House,
    in front of Paris stands Mickey Mouse.

    .....

    I know of steps that serve well
    and i'll protect you against misconduct
    and who does not want to dance at the end,
    still do not know that he has to dance!
    We form a lovely round dance,
    I will show you the direction,
    to Africa comes Santa Claus,
    and in front of Paris stands Mickey Mouse.

  10. anonymous
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    Jul 3rd 2011 !⃝

    This song clearly emphasizes the global influence of American corporations and the spread of American culture. Regardless of your opinion on the matter, the fact remains that American pop culture influences the world. Amerika brings this fact to light for the European public who have taken so well to the cultural imperialism from the west.

  11. KSIxARESxVII
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    Apr 26th 2010 !⃝

    here is the song in english.

    We're all living in America,
    America is wonderful.
    We're all living in America,
    America, America.

    If there is dancing, I will lead,
    even if you own it, turns
    let you control a little,
    I'll show you how it's done correctly.
    We form a love dance,
    the freedom of playing on all violins,
    Music comes from the White House,
    And most of Paris stands Mickey Mouse.

    We're all living in America ...

    I know of steps that benefit greatly
    and you'll protect against false step
    and who does not dance at the end,
    still do not know that he has to dance!
    We form a love dance,
    I will show you the direction,
    to Africa comes Santa Claus,
    and in Paris stands Mickey Mouse.

    Refrain:
    We're all living in America,
    America is wonderful.
    We're all living in America,
    America, America.
    We're all living in America,
    Coca-Cola, Wonderbra,
    We're all living in America,
    America, America.

    This is not a love song,
    this is not a love song.
    I do not sing my mother tongue,
    No, this is not a love song.

    We're all living in America,
    America is wonderful.
    We're all living in America,
    America, America.
    We're all living in America,
    Coca-Cola, sometimes WAR
    We're all living in America,
    America, America

  12. anonymous
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    Sep 17th 2009 !⃝

    To Icer22x:

    correct! .. exept the fact, that every culture in the world is mentioned .. even asia, africa, etc .. my tip: .. watch the musicvideo .. the pictures from the video are close to the meaning of the lyrics ..

  13. icer22x
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    Aug 31st 2009 !⃝

    To the above poster, no. I don't think this is about America "sticking their nose in everyone's business". I think it is referring to most of the European cultures adopting the American culture into their own and in the process loosing site of their own.

    Instead of bashing America, I think they are casting the shameful finger at the countries that are not preserving their own cultures.

    Sure, having a few McDonalds and Burger Kings is inevitable when a franchise like that is so succesful, but it's up to the governments of certain nations whether they want to adopt American ways or create their own.

  14. dylan
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    Apr 5th 2009 !⃝

    I believe this song is about how America influences all other countries.


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