99 Red Balloons German Version Lyrics

5 min read Jun 10, 2024
99 Red Balloons German Version Lyrics

99 Luftballons: The German Version of a Global Hit

"99 Luftballons" is a song by German new wave band Nena, released in 1983. It became an international hit, reaching the top of the charts in several countries, including Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. While the song is known for its catchy melody and upbeat tempo, its lyrics carry a powerful message about the dangers of war and the futility of violence.

The Lyrics: A Tale of Misunderstanding and Escalation

The song tells the story of a series of escalating events, starting with a simple act of releasing balloons:

Verse 1:

99 Luftballons auf ihrem Weg zum Horizont 99 Luftballons, die niemals wiederkehren werden 99 Luftballons, ein Zeichen der Unschuld 99 Luftballons, ein Symbol für unsere Sehnsucht

(Translation:

99 red balloons on their way to the horizon 99 red balloons, which will never return 99 red balloons, a sign of innocence 99 red balloons, a symbol of our yearning)**

The balloons, however, are misinterpreted as a threat, leading to a chain reaction of military responses:

Verse 2:

Die Regierung hat die Luftballons gesehen Und schickt ein paar Soldaten, um sie zu erschießen Die Soldaten schießen auf die Luftballons Und die Luftballons fallen zu Boden 98 Luftballons

(Translation:

The government saw the red balloons And sends a few soldiers to shoot them down The soldiers shoot at the red balloons And the red balloons fall to the ground 98 red balloons)**

This escalation continues, with each side reacting to the other's actions, until the situation becomes uncontrollable:

Verse 3:

Die Soldaten schießen auf die Soldaten Und die Soldaten schießen auf die Soldaten Die Soldaten schießen auf die Soldaten Und die Soldaten schießen auf die Soldaten 5 Luftballons

(Translation:

The soldiers shoot at the soldiers And the soldiers shoot at the soldiers The soldiers shoot at the soldiers And the soldiers shoot at the soldiers 5 red balloons)**

Finally, the only remaining red balloons are destroyed in a final act of violence:

Chorus:

Die Luftballons sind alle weg Die Soldaten sind alle weg Die Regierung ist alle weg Und die Welt ist leer

(Translation:

The red balloons are all gone The soldiers are all gone The government is all gone And the world is empty)**

A Powerful Message About War

The song's simple yet powerful lyrics convey a strong anti-war message. It highlights how fear, misunderstanding, and escalation can lead to devastating consequences. The song reminds us that even seemingly harmless acts can trigger a chain reaction of violence, ultimately leading to destruction and loss.

"99 Luftballons" remains a timeless and relevant song, reminding us of the importance of diplomacy, understanding, and the need to avoid conflict. It serves as a powerful testament to the dangers of war and the importance of peace.