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Song Released: 2004

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Ohne Dich Lyrics

Ich werde in die Tannen gehen
Dahin wo ich sie zuletzt gesehen
Doch der Abend wirft ein Tuch aufs Land
Und auf die Wege hinterm Waldesrand
Und der Wald er steht so schwarz und leer
Weh mir, oh weh
Und die Vögel singen nicht mehr



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    May 1st, 2012 5:19am report

    (At first, english isn't my mother tongue, therefore sorry for the mistakes...)

    I totally agree with the first post, but of course Ohne dich is a Rammstein song and so it's obvious that there might be a second meaning hidden in the lyrics. What do you think about that war is the very second meaning? Here some potential evidences:

    "Ich werde in die Tannen gehen
    Dahin wo ich SIE zuletzt gesehen."
    (I'm going to go into the fir trees
    There where I last saw her [them])

    With "sie" Till also could mean 3. person plural, his comrades who died on the front line.

    "Und der Wald er steht so schwarz und leer"
    (And the forest it is so black and empty)

    Because everybody's dead

    "Ohne dich kann ich nicht sein, Ohne dich"
    (Without you I cannot be, Without you)

    Without war there is no meaning in his life so he needs it, but with war he's also alone because of the death of his comrades.

    "Auf den Ästen in den GRÄBEN"

    With "Gräben" Till could mean "Schützengräben" (trenches)

    "Ohne dich zähl ich die Stunden ohne dich
    Mit dir stehen die Sekunden"
    (Without you I count the hours without you
    With you the seconds stand still)

    When there is no battle, he counts the hours till the next battle begins and when there is a battle the seconds stand still because of the adrenalin, the fear ect.

    I think this is the second meaning of the song because I think it really fits.


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    Jun 28th, 2009 6:32pm report

    The first stanza to the song is the beginning of a suicide letter. "Ich werde in die Tannen geh'n" could be used as figurative imagery to reinforce the statement of suicide -- leaving a clear area for a darker one (the forest). Obviously, he has lost someone very dear to him, because he keeps repeating 'Ohne dich' (without you). He gives reasons for his choice of suicide in the refrain: "Ohne dich kann ich nicht sein" is the most obvious one, while "Mit dir bin ich auch allein" could be referring to what most people say to a friend who lost someone dear 'He/she will live on inside you'. Last but not least, "Lohnen nicht", which expresses that the seconds that pass without the person he has lost are not worth 'it'. What 'it' is in this case, I don't know, but it would be safe to assume that 'it' is 'worth living'. The second stanza (not including the refrain in this count) is about the process of taking his life. "Auf den Ästen in den Gräben / Ist es nun still und ohne Leben" would mean that he has already taken his life, or has chosen a quiet place to carry on with his plan. "Und das Atmen fällt mich ach so schwer" could be referring to the fact that he is about to die, that he is barely able to breathe anymore. In the end, the last verse before the refrain being "Und die Vögel singen nicht mehr" give the whole song a conclusion, as the silence when birds don't sing is often used to conclude something, even movie scenes. Also, when you see someone die, there is at first a moment of shock, of silence, and that may be portrayed by this silence.

    (( Btw, Rammstein wrote loads of ballads ^^ ))


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    Jan 10th, 2009 1:07pm report

    Ohne dich is about Till singing that "without" the other Rammstein members he "can't be": "Ohne dich Kann Ich nicht sein"........that's the meaning, R+ was passing through a tough time in its members relationship when recording the album reise reise where it comes Ohne dich and so the drummer Schneider said in a makin of a video (mein teil) that they finally found a way to comprehend each other and the band was saved! :) so Ohne dich represents how much big is their friendship and so that they have to be together to continue 'cause the song says "without you I can't be, without you, with you I am also alone..." so Ohne dich is NOT for a girl! is for themselves, R+ shows their strong friendship, that they are united, it's all!


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    Apr 16th, 4:44am report

    I think it’s about a relationship that can’t sustain itself. Falling in love with someone only to realize that you can’t sustain it. The heart break of loving someone who can’t be in a relationship.


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    Jul 14th, 2019 7:03am report

    Ich denke auch, dass es sich in dem Song um eine Liebesgeschichte handelt. Die Toten Hosen haben dieses Lied jetzt auch nachgesungen. Campino vermisst diese Frau so sehr, dass er sich ein Leben ohne sie nicht mehr vorstellen kann. Er hat große Sehnsucht nach ihr und wünscht sich nichts mehr, als wieder mit ihr zusammen zu sein.
    Doch was man nicht weiß ist, dass die Frau ihn vielleicht auch vermisst und immer noch liebt. Vieleicht sollte er einen Schritt auf diese Frau zugehen und ihr seine Gefühle erneut offenbaren. Möglicherweise gibt es dann doch noch ein Happyend.


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    Mar 17th, 2018 3:05am report

    As all lyrics, this is free for interpretation. My understandning of it is related to the official video. Interpreting the lyrics in the light of the video gives a Little more "Rammstein-meaning" into it. I interpret it as being about comradship, effort and that dual feeling between people deeply emotionally involved with each other. To every deeper relation there are two sides (at least) and there is never a single side of it. Still, you are willing to sacrifice alot for that other persons need, wishes, dreams et. c.

    As shown in the video "Till" can barely make it up that mountain although it's seemingly one of his dreams. And even though he slows the others down and the mood between them is strained and noot particulary good, the others get him up to the top, where he most likely dies.

    I think they got that idea from some real climbers story.


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    Jun 4th, 2017 6:31am report

    The song means what they have told in their music video. Fullstop.

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    Oct 6th, 2016 10:15pm report

    You can refer to a woman a ship and a mountain as her probably more than those three I'm just sayin


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    Aug 25th, 2014 8:39am report

    Well, I just think that an alternative interpretation could be a story about drug abuse. I believe that the song really relates to the band - but like all great lyrics - it can be interpreted in various ways.


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    Sep 3rd, 2012 9:16pm report

    It is a sad song. It could mean more than one thing.


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    Mar 17th, 2012 3:43am report

    I think ohne dich is about being away from something or someone you love. Till sings "on the branches and in the ditches it is now silent and without life" this says that this person probably died a long time ago and are finnaly going out to get what that person had, maybe a soldiers dog tags.


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    May 25th, 2010 5:28pm report

    Most of you guys are wrong i think. It seems like its about a girl, but im pretty sure its deeper than that. I think its about his struggle to fight against cocaine. "Ohne Dich" means without you, as in without his next hit. And that idea links with the music video to.

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    Dec 11th, 2009 12:55am report

    This song is about a man who has lost a loved one. This could be a girl (wo ich SIE...) This means 'where I saw HER. So, I think this is about a woman, who he loved so dear. She disappeared in the forest and he tries to find her. But she is gone (most likely she's dead). He misses her so much and says that he can't live without her.

    He doesn't kill himself, even though some others might think so in the second stanza. He sings about the silence in the lands and it's without life. That's just how he feels it. He feels so lonely without his loved one, that no where is life that could cheer him up.

    This is a love song about a loved one missing or even dead. And he expresses the sadness he feels, the deep sadness and lonelyness.


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    Sep 8th, 2008 9:18am report

    It's about the love to a girl witch he loves. But there is a second Sight - he feels alone without her - but he feels also alone when she is around! - like U2 with or without her...

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    Aug 30th, 2007 8:23pm report

    Yes that's true. Take a look at the video clip.


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    Apr 8th, 2006 4:23am report

    Till stated in an interview on german TV that it`s about his relation to the band. I also think he said something similar on "MTV Masters".


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    Sep 28th, 2005 9:41pm report

    I totally agree. This is a very nice song indeed, and probably my favorite ballad. It is a show of Till's awesome voice.

    I like the instrumental part as well. I saw this song live when I went to their concert, and they did it together with Apocalyptica. Very very nice.


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    Jul 27th, 2005 7:51pm report

    Ohne Dich is really a beautiful song. This song tells about the intense emotional pain that he feels after losing a girl. I love the figurative language he uses in this. For example: "Und die Vogel singe nicht mehr" which means "and the birds sing no more" If you speak enough german to understand even some parts of this song, you'll love it. It't the only industrial ballad I've ever heared. It rocks.

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