Mathematik (English translation)

  • Artist: Lindemann
  • Featuring artist: Haftbefehl
  • Song: Mathematik 11 translations
  • Translations: Bosnian, Bulgarian, English, French, Hungarian, Italian, Kazakh, Russian #1, #2, Spanish, Turkish
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Mathematics

Fuck fuck fuck
Fuck fuck fuck
Fuck fuck fuck it right
 
I never wanted to go to school
I wanted to watch TV
Instead of stupid addition
Subtraction and division
 
We can skip the calculations
Why should I think so much?
Why should I torture myself with numbers?
There are machines for counting money
 
Fuck fuck fuck Mathematics
Fuck fuck fuck it right
Fuck fuck fuck Mathematics
Algebra isn't important at all
 
Fuck fuck fuck Mathematics
Fuck fuck fuck it right
Fuck fuck fuck Mathematics
Algebra isn't important at all
 
I never wanted to go to school
Calculating nth roots, amounts, integrals
Geometry, and these quotients
I don't give a shit about them
 
There's a joint in the corner of my mouth and I'm on my way to school
Eyes red as tomatoes, listening to fucking Kool Savas on my walkman*
What's algebra? Bitch, I only know street-maths,
I learn how to count trough hash and weed
I put them on the scales and you pay me
 
We have to write tests all the time
The teacher is rubbing her palms when we are suffering
I only say what all of us thinks
Math is shit, we can skip it
 
Fuck fuck fuck Mathematics
Fuck fuck fuck it right
Fuck fuck fuck Mathematics
Algebra isn't important at all
 
I used to go to school, but unfortunately three weeks later
My teacher said, "Who are you?", I said, "Oh, what do you want to tell me?"
Had my bag full of drugs when I was only fifteen
Threw my chair out the window and said "Ciao, you sons of bitches!"
 
One plus one makes two, two plus two makes four
I don't need to know more, that's enough
Why should I torture myself with numbers?
There are machines for counting cash
 
And there are so many know-it-alls who know everything better
These know-it-alls, they should fuck themselves
They should get together in the maths-circle
They have good grades, but shitty clothes
 
Fuck fuck fuck Mathematics
Fuck fuck fuck it right
Fuck fuck fuck Mathematics
Algebra isn't important at all
 
Fuck fuck fuck Mathematics
Fuck fuck fuck it right
Fuck fuck fuck Mathematics
Algebra isn't important at all
 
Fuck fuck fuck (Fuck fuck fuck)
Fuck fuck fuck
Fuck fuck fuck it right
 
Fuck fuck fuck (Fuck fuck fuck)
Algebra isn't important at all
 
We count money, we don't need to count anything else - no
We count money
We count money, we don't need to count anything else - no
 
Submitted by edkaedka on Wed, 19/12/2018 - 11:33
Last edited by edkaedka on Tue, 29/01/2019 - 09:37
Author's comments:

*rough translation

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Mathematik

Comments
wanamaawanamaa    Wed, 19/12/2018 - 16:51

Thanks for the translation. Some thoughts:
-- for the line "Das Gerechne kann man sich schenken", looks like "sich schenken" can mean "to skip something/not attend" per dict.cc. Maybe this line should be "You (or literally One) can skip the calculation"? That seems to make a little more sense with the theme of this song.
-- for the line "Den Mathe-Scheiß kann, kann man sich schenken", similar thought - could be "Math is shit, you (one) can skip it"
-- for the line "Es gibt doch Maschinen zum Kohle zählen", Kohle seems to translate more as "dough" or "cash"

edkaedka    Wed, 19/12/2018 - 17:00

Oh, awesome! My German is not the best and I've been spending the day thinking about what the heck does this "sich schenken" mean, asking many people who are fluent, but they couldn't help either. Thank you very much for helping me out! It makes sense now. Teeth smile

Baller b-RadBaller b-Rad    Mon, 28/01/2019 - 16:27

This is hilarious. My German is minimal but even knowing basic German, I can tell you that what you’re doing is exactly what Till expected and wanted to happen. This whole song is making a mockery of uneducated, stupid people (I.e., dropouts, drug dealers, criminals, etc.). Till is a brilliant man who values education and higher thinking. He did this song as a joke, and you all fell for it. He does not say “two plus two is four” or “zwei plus zwei ist vier” - As any Rammstein fan will know, Til speaks English and frequently uses English in his songs. He did in this one, as a bit of an “Easter egg” in a movie. Only those clever enough and not naive enough to believe the printed lyrics online (that are written by fans, not the artist) are correct, would realize he says, “zwei plus zwei ist three.” He is literally proving the backhanded theme in the song, and you all fell for it!

edkaedka    Tue, 29/01/2019 - 15:21

I've been listening to Rammstein for more than 10 years. I've read Till's books and I absolutely understand why he did this. I didn't 'fall' for anything. Maybe you don't realize that this page was made for lyrics translation, not explanation. I know that this is a joke, anybody, who knows Till's works just a little, won't take it seriously. Also, I never said that the lyrics are 100% accurate, that's why I put the source there.
I am a translator. I translate. If you are 'clever enough', you understand the concept of this word. I tried to transmit Till's message into another language. However, its interpretation is up to you, it's not my job to explain why he said these things the way he did.
Anyway, I'll check out the “zwei plus zwei ist vier” part, thanks for mentioning it.

Baller b-RadBaller b-Rad    Wed, 30/01/2019 - 18:17

No, ma’am, you missed the point entirely. The issue is not interpretation, at all. Literally, the issue is that you fell for assuming he is saying “vier,” when he absolutely doesn’t say that, but rather says “three” (again, in order to subtly demonstrate the stupidity of the mindset behind actually believing the lyrics make someone cool or that what they’re saying is proper/acceptable behavior in society). He did an interview where he talked about doing an all English rap/metal version of the song and he said he would use “drei” in place of “three” so it would make people say, “what did he just say?”l Two plus two is drei?” and then those curious/passionate enough would then go and look it up and talk about it like we are doing now. Boom. It’s brilliant.

Baller b-RadBaller b-Rad    Wed, 30/01/2019 - 18:17

No, ma’am, you missed the point entirely. The issue is not interpretation, at all. Literally, the issue is that you fell for assuming he is saying “vier,” when he absolutely doesn’t say that, but rather says “three” (again, in order to subtly demonstrate the stupidity of the mindset behind actually believing the lyrics make someone cool or that what they’re saying is proper/acceptable behavior in society). He did an interview where he talked about doing an all English rap/metal version of the song and he said he would use “drei” in place of “three” so it would make people say, “what did he just say?”l Two plus two is drei?” and then those curious/passionate enough would then go and look it up and talk about it like we are doing now. Boom. It’s brilliant.

magicmuldermagicmulder    Tue, 29/01/2019 - 09:21

"I don't give a shit about them" => "They won't matter anyway"

"I learn counting trough hash and weed" => "I learn how to count by counting hash and weed"

edkaedka    Tue, 29/01/2019 - 09:47

I accept the second one, but I think "scheißegal" is harsher than just "won't matter".
I know that it doesn't mean exactly the same, but I didn't even want to produce literal translation.

magicmuldermagicmulder    Tue, 29/01/2019 - 15:17

Oh I see. I was getting at that very issue - he doesn't say "I don't like them" but "They won't be of any use to me".
Maybe something like "They're worth jack shit in life anyway"?

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