My Life Face Down in the Ashtray (Mein Leben im Aschenbecher)

My Life Face Down in the Ashtray

I’m laying face down in the ashtray ¹
I was once a dish washer ²
I was more bashful than blind
But I had my thumb in the wind

And I usually achieved my goal
And nothing was too much for me
I was the first in the ring ³
Was the last, who went

Now I’m laying face down in the ashtray
My condition has really been better
But what’s left for me are the embers
And what drives me is courage

And I’ll open my eyes
I want to see again
I will make a difference ⁴
I want to rise again
And I’ll run to the street,
Step into the light
I know you don’t see me
Here in the dark

And I’ll open my eyes
And I’ll open my eyes

My life is face down in the ashtray
But it will get gradually better
I’ve got to go through the gutter
In order to finally see life

I was more quickly filled up
But had hard luck with happiness
I want out of the ashes
At last, I’ll rise to me feet

And I’ll open my eyes
I want to see again
I will make a difference
I want to rise again
And I’ll run to the street,
Step into the light
I know you don’t see me
Here in the dark
You don’t have to love me
If you feel it, you can
I was unusually withdrawn
I’m here, if you want
You don’t need to help me
I don’t need a present
I’m drunk on life
‘Cause I guess I’m okay

And I’ll open my eyes
And I’ll open my eyes
Come, we’ll open our eyes
Come, we’ll open our eyes

And I’ll open my eyes
I want to see again
I will make a difference
I want to rise again
And I’ll run to the street
Step into the light
I know you don’t see me
Here in the dark

And I’m opening my eyes
And I’m opening my eyes
Come, we’re opening our eyes
Come, we’re opening our eyes

My life’s face down in the ashtray
My life as a dish washer
My life in a glossy finish
This life stays hard for life

Postat de brightswan la Luni, 30/01/2012 - 12:56
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¹ Ich lieg im Aschenbecher = I’m (laying) in the ash tray. „I’m laying face down in the gutter“ is a common phrase in English, which either means you’re totally drunk; or you’re down and out, there’s no more hope for you whatsoever in this world. The second is the feeling this song conveys to me; therefore, face down in the ashtray.
² Tellerwäscher = dishwasher; however, there is more to this story than meets the eye. “Tellerwäsher” has to do with the “rags to riches” story, which translates to “Vom Tellerwäscher zum Millionär,” and I think this song pulls its inspiration from that phrase.
³ ring = boxing ring
⁴ Ich werd was bewegen – translated straight: „I will move something.“

I hope I've done this song justice, if you have any questions, feel free to ask! Smile

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