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I Hate Children

I'm getting on a plane
It's getting cold, I can hear screaming
I know the number of my seat
Panic dominates the great sorrow
I get closer to the whining row
The screaming gets louder and louder
The fear gives way to certainty
There's a toddler sitting right next to me
Here comes the question of all classes
“May and can one hate children?”
I hate children
I hate children
The squaller now scrambles back and forth
The mother's browsing a magazine
She silently talks to the child while reading
And eating an apple at the same time
My dear Lord wants to punish me
The pain in the neck doesn't want to sleep
Nor does it stop screaming at all
The father's long asleep like a rock
Here comes the question of all classes
“Can and must one hate children?”
I hate children
I hate children
No, I love them
Yes, I love them
The big ones and the little ones
But they have to be mine
I hate children
I hate children
Here comes the question of all questions:
“Can and must one hit children?”
No, I love them
Yes, I love them
All children, big and small
But they should be mine
But all of a sudden it turns quiet
The baby's smiling at me, I'm ecstatic
I stretch my hand towards the little one
Who then starts screaming once again
I hate children
I hate children
No, I love them
Yes, I love them
The big ones and the little ones
But they have to be mine
I hate children
I hate children
Here comes the question of all questions:
“Can and must one hit children?”
No, I love them
Yes, I love them
All children, big and small
But they should be mine
Original lyrics

Ich hasse Kinder

Click to see the original lyrics (German)

Nemo ThatchNemo Thatch    Tue, 01/06/2021 - 03:18

“The father's long asleep [like a log]”

The phrase exists in English, but “stone” or “rock” can be substituted and still convey the same meaning.

also thamk for translation 💖

Nemo ThatchNemo Thatch    Tue, 01/06/2021 - 03:25

i also want to add that “Schreihals” has given me life

Evelyn ShorEvelyn Shor    Tue, 01/06/2021 - 06:30

Thank you for the quick translation! I just watched the video and knew this great community already has the lyrics translated 💗
The lyrics are so contrasting to the music video (when reading, it feels like a sitcom, while the video is like a medium-gore horror movie), it makes me laugh. Till is my spiritual animal, haha. Thanks again, you've made my day.

   Wed, 02/06/2021 - 17:05

The certainty gives way to fear
- it's the other way around

Angel CaldwellAngel Caldwell    Fri, 04/06/2021 - 02:35

I'm completely confused..... The video doesn't match the lyrics.......why is kissing a child? Is he hinting at being a pedophile? Just wow.

Sympozium7Sympozium7    Fri, 04/06/2021 - 06:10

Stupidest comment I've seen in quite a while. Obviously have never seen a rammstein video ever in your life & to even bring up that pedophile BS..

   Fri, 04/06/2021 - 06:33

No need to get rude. Rammstein/Lindemann has really clever lyrics and unsettling videos - such unsettling videos that our Angel C. got all confused.

Alma BarrocaAlma Barroca
   Fri, 04/06/2021 - 11:44
Flopsi a écrit :

No need to get rude. Rammstein/Lindemann has really clever lyrics and unsettling videos - such unsettling videos that our Angel C. got all confused.

I remember when I was in high school taking Sociology classes and one given day the teacher passed the 'Amerika' music video in a class on imperialism. Well, I don't speak German (it was with subtitles), but I really liked that song and could understand it via what was shown. They're really clever in those - and I'm not into metal music or them as a whole band, for that matter Teeth smile

   Fri, 04/06/2021 - 06:31

Angel C. you are truely confused - he's not kissing a child. In the video he's a married man with two children and he's kissing his wife. And lyrics of videos sometimes don't match the album version - the lyrics here match perfectly the "video" here.

BurgholdBurghold    Fri, 04/06/2021 - 09:45

"Baby" finde ich irgendwie unpassend

sandringsandring    Fri, 04/06/2021 - 12:15

I love Rammstein/Lindemann but there's one thing I can't get. What does Soviet Russia have to do with all that? Why can't he hate his German kids in his native Deutschland?

Alexander LaskavtsevAlexander Laskavtsev    Fri, 04/06/2021 - 15:35

Ну а если серьёзно: вопрос стоило бы поставить российским режиссёрам, которые ради хайпа и денег соглашаются это снимать.

   Fri, 04/06/2021 - 17:12

Well Lindemann grew up in East Germany so he may still feel close to Soviet Russia.
The video seems to tell that he hates the children for bullying his son or maybe he hates the fathers for being violent so their offspring will be violent too? That fits that question in the song "Is it wrong to hit children - can we - shall we do that?"

Alexander LaskavtsevAlexander Laskavtsev    Fri, 04/06/2021 - 18:06

Und die antwort ist... NEIN, aber...
"sie sollten meine sein!" Ich kann alle anderen kinder schlagen... Regular smile

Am I wrong?) Why?

To be honest I am really impressed. Not by watching the video: it is too "dirty" even after watching the "Deutschland". But I adore that feeling, when you can't understand whether you've just eaten some chocolate or some crap?... Wink smile
I would call that "controversy"...

   Fri, 04/06/2021 - 18:19

Yes, you are wrong - he says he only loves children if they are his children.
This song is full of (German) stereotypes:
- children are loved by their parents - all other children are "hated"
- (other) children should be treated more strictly - maybe sometimes even be hit
- children will only be loved if they function

Alexander LaskavtsevAlexander Laskavtsev    Fri, 04/06/2021 - 18:42

Then I really don't understand why am I wrong:
- if the children are mine, I love them;
- if they are others, I allow myself (or the others) to hate or beat them. Double standards as they are...

Anyway, thanks for sharing you thoughts: now I understand the message better.

   Fri, 04/06/2021 - 19:07

It's not about beating other children - the thought is: Children should be hit (not beaten up) because they need it - it goes back to the Bible:
Spare the rod and spoil the child.
Proverbs 13:24

To understand this - any violence towards children is forbidden in Germany but most Germans are Christians.

Alexander LaskavtsevAlexander Laskavtsev    Fri, 04/06/2021 - 19:18

I'm sorry, but in that case it's just hypocrisy: the forbidden things are in contradiction with the real situation (and beliefs) in society.

   Fri, 04/06/2021 - 19:37

I really don't know how to make it clear. So, I'll go one more time but this will be it: Most Germans are convinced that it's wrong to hit children, but still there are a few Germans that might still think that it wouldn't hurt if a child got a stroke on his buttocks when being naughty. That some few Germans still stick to this old belief gets back to the Bible and Lindemann says actually "I know you, you hate children, you love only your own children and maybe you hit them and on the other side are parents that just don't care about their child and ignore it". Read the lyrics, maybe you see the two extremes. He is not picturing reality - he picks a minority and asks us "are they wrong or right?"!

Alexander LaskavtsevAlexander Laskavtsev    Sat, 05/06/2021 - 02:00

Don't get me wrong, I see these two extremes here, but, as far as I know Till's lyrics, he would never have asked his "questions" just for fun. He always highlights his personal views in his song.
What is your personal opinion? Are they right or wrong?

Alexander LaskavtsevAlexander Laskavtsev    Sat, 05/06/2021 - 08:58

OK, I don't understand what caused your irritation, but I see that you are not about to continue this conversation. Sorry for any inconvenience. Peace! Regular smile

Nemo ThatchNemo Thatch    Tue, 08/06/2021 - 21:30

Rammstein are East Germans, which is to say they grew up in Sowjetdeutschland. Till himself would’ve been on the Olympic swim team for the U.S.S.R. if he hadn’t kept breaking curfew (and eventually his knee) to get drunk and laid. 🤷🏻‍♂️ He likely chose the Soviet setting because that’s what was familiar to him as a child.

nemo aemonemo aemo    Tue, 08/06/2021 - 22:57

Why the red scarves then? Wasn't the one he wore blue?

Nemo ThatchNemo Thatch    Fri, 18/06/2021 - 03:29

Red’s usually pretty prominent in communist aesthetics (I want to say that’s where the term “red flag” came from, but don’t quote me on that), so speaking for me, I just took the red scarves as salty symbology.

In a video full of salty, rather heavy-handed symbology, admittedly. I want to stress “heavy-handed” because I think the blue scarf having some other significance feels a bit too subtle for this one.

sandringsandring    Fri, 18/06/2021 - 04:51

Bullying at school is an international problem and has nothing to do with communism. Don't you think?

Nemo ThatchNemo Thatch    Tue, 22/06/2021 - 23:23

There’s probably some fun philosophical discussions to be had about that, actually, but in this context of aesthetics rather than socioeconomics, I refer again to Lindemann’s own upbringing in Soviet territory; if I were somehow in the shoes he was in with this video’s production, for example, the setting would be some lead-poisoned rural town in America.

Relevant: if Lindemann’s work isn’t something you’re familiar with, I’d refer you to his and Peter Tägtgren’s Frau & Mann video; also based in Soviet Russia, but totally separate from the general story being told in the video.

EDIT: He’s also posted to YouTube that there’ll be something like a short film released later as a sister-piece to the IHK video, so ideally, by then, I’ll have a better answer for you than “childhood nostalgia and geographic convenience.”

sandringsandring    Fri, 04/06/2021 - 17:35

The problem is that he raises a very serious problem of bullying at school. Then why should he have shot a video based on Soviet schools which looks absolutely tacky and stupid to Russian eyes. I was waiting for a bear or balalaika on the screen. The paraphernalia in one and the same scene belong to different decades, it's impossible to place the video in time, school lockers that neither Soviet nor Russian schoolchildren have ever had, the type of bullying that couldn't have taken place inside a Soviet school. (Bullying existed but it was of a different sort).

So instead of a serious message, this video speaks to Russians saying "Send in the clowns". Disappointed.

nemo aemonemo aemo    Fri, 04/06/2021 - 19:50

Frankly it seems the song and the vid are being taken at face value, while they are just rather harmless provocations.

The song simply says in Rammstein's usual hyperbolic way how people are convinced to be the only ones able to raise kids properly, and how quick they are to judge other parents supposedly unable to discipline their kids.

The vid is about a bullied kid taking revenge. I won't take it as a serious statement about bullying. Just a gory fantasy.
The symbol of the toy car that starts the bullying scene turned into a real car blowing up is rather nice, the rest is just eye candy.
Look at the paper at the beginning, for instance. It's just an ad for some wireless headphones, apparently. The USSR is just there for local colour.

sandringsandring    Fri, 04/06/2021 - 21:21

Let me sum it up

Rammstein's frontman in this video tries to show us how some German parents treat some German kids on the example of a Soviet pioneer being bulled by his peers in a non-existing Soviet school with lockers. The video starts with the protagonist looking at a paper that has a font and format of the 30-s but contains a poster from the 40-s with an ad from 2021 while he's sitting on a chair dating back to the 70-s.

And all this because (as the German guy explained) the song is from the album "Live In Moscow" and the director of the album and the video is one and the same person.

Send in the clowns Regular smile

nemo aemonemo aemo    Fri, 04/06/2021 - 21:32

Seems the director just had his own sweet way with the vid. Nothing to do with the song, except keywords like "kids" and "violence". It has "artsy-phoney" written all over.
I wouldn't take offence at such a schoolboy prank, no more than at this "bis zum Tod der Scheide" infamous pun that could, after all, be considered a defacing of some of the most sacred religious vows Regular smile

sandringsandring    Sat, 05/06/2021 - 06:51

Pierre, please, get me right. This video touches upon an extremely grave problem of bullying in schools all around the world. Unintentionally kids might be very cruel. And what's worse this bullying is often encouraged by some teachers to be able to manipulate their class. It upsets me to no limit because I still see it around. No wonder that shooting most often takes place in educational establishments because traumatized students can't get over it even many years after. Bullying and a feeling of helplessness devastate kids' souls and may have a far-reaching effect.

Should this vid take place in some abstract school it could have had a powerful message to get across. But all these Soviet attributes which I hate myself just turn this message into a joke. That's a shame.

nemo aemonemo aemo    Sat, 05/06/2021 - 07:02

I was once paid to deal with all sorts of child abuse, you know Regular smile
Frankly, this vid is a joke, in my opinion. A bad taste joke touching on a serious topic. People talk a lot of balls on all sorts of topics all day, only not all of them are rich enough to shoot a video clip about it.

sandringsandring    Sat, 05/06/2021 - 09:36

I've done some homework on this director. He's pretty young. His artistic credo is "Feed'em on what they want" So it wasn't a message in any way. Just profiteering on people's low instincts. No comments.

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