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Mein Teil is the second track of the album Reise, Reise. It was inspired by the 2001 Armin Meiwes cannibalism case. It was written after one of the band members brought a newspaper with the story to a rehearsal. "Mein Teil" attracted controversy in Germany, with the media dubbing it the "Kannibalensong", and this helped to boost it to second place in the German music charts after its release in early August 2004. The song has also been remixed by Arthur Baker and Pet Shop Boys (these versions are included on the CD single).

In live performance, Till Lindemann appears dressed as a blood-stained chef holding a microphone with a large butcher's knife attached to the end. He pulls out a giant cooking pot with a portable keyboard attached to one side. Keyboardist Christian "Flake" Lorenz appears in the pot, with metal cylinders attached to his arms and legs, and plays the keyboard during the song. After the second chorus, Till takes a flamethrower and roasts the bottom of the pot, "cooking" Flake. Flake escapes from the pot and starts running around the stage with flames erupting from his arms and legs, while chased by a knife-wielding Till.

The video shows Till eating and copulating with an angel, Flake performing ballet, Richard wrestling his twin, Oliver writhing on the floor, the whole band fighting in a mud pit, and five of the band members crawling out of a Berlin U-Bahn (subway) station while held on leashes carried by Christoph dressed as a woman. This content led to its airing on TV being restricted to after 11pm.

LyricsEdit

Heute treff' ich einen Herrn
Der hat mich zum Fressen gern
Weiche Teile und auch harte
stehen auf der Speisekarte

Denn du bist was du isst
und ihr wisst was es ist

Es ist mein Teil – nein
Mein Teil – nein
Da das ist mein Teil – nein
Mein Teil – nein

Die stumpfe Klinge gut und recht
Ich blute stark und mir ist schlecht
Muss ich auch mit der Ohnmacht kämpfen
ich esse weiter unter Krämpfen

Ist doch so gut gewürzt
und so schön flambiert
und so liebevoll auf Porzellan serviert
Dazu ein guter Wein
und zarter Kerzenschein
Ja da lass ich mir Zeit
Etwas Kultur muss sein

Denn du bist was du isst
Und ihr wisst was es ist

Es ist mein Teil – nein
Mein Teil – nein
Denn das ist mein Teil – nein
Yes it's mein Teil – nein

Ein Schrei wird zum Himmel fahren
Schneidet sich durch Engelsscharen
Vom Wolkendach fällt Federfleisch
auf meine Kindheit mit Gekreisch

Today I will meet a gentleman
He likes me so much he could eat me up
Soft parts and even hard ones
Are on the menu

Because you are what you eat
And you know what it is

It is my part - no
My part - no
There that's my part - no
My part - no

The dull blade good and proper
I'm bleeding heavily and feeling sick
Although I have to fight to stay awake
I keep eating while in convulsions

It's just so well seasoned
and so nicely flambeed
And so lovingly served on porcelain
and with it, a good wine
And gentle candlelight
Yeah, I'll take my time
You've got to have some culture

Because you are what you eat
And you know what it is

It is my part - no
My part - no
There that's my part - no
Yes it's my part - no

A cry will ascend to heaven
It will cut through hosts of angels
Feather-flesh will shriekingly fall
from the top of the clouds onto my childhood


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