Rammstein: Hilf Mir Meaning
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Hilf Mir Lyrics
Die Eltern waren beide aus
Da sah ich plötzlich vor mich stehen
Ein Schächtelchen nett anzusehen
'Ei' sprach ich, 'wie schön und fein'
Das muss ein trefflich Spielzeug sein
Ich zünde mir ein Hölzein an
Wie´s oft die...
anonymous Nov 28th, 2017 11:03am report
Rammstein's song lyrics are usually drawn from pieces of european (and non) literature. This one in particular is based on a short story written by german psychiatrist Heinrich Hoffman, called "Die gar traurige Geschichte mit dem Feuerzeug" (The Dreadful Story of the Matches) where a little girl who is left home alone finds a box of matches and plays with them, accidentally setting herself on fire, being burned to death. What's genius in the lyrics is the contraposition of the lines "Das feuer liebt mich/Das feuer liebt mich nicht" (Fire loves me/Fire loves me not) in the chorus. The lines have multiple meanings in them:
-Fire engulfs everything around it, like an embrace, a love gesture; but it also hatefully destroys everything it touches.
-The line structure recalls a game called "He loves me... he loves me not" (the game has French origins, and it's called "effeuiller la marguerite"). A person playing the game alternately speaks the phrases "He (or she) loves me," and "He loves me not," while picking one petal off a flower (usually an oxeye daisy) for each phrase. The phrase they speak on picking off the last petal supposedly represents the truth between the object of their affection loving them or not.
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