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"Seemann"
Single by Rammstein
from the album Herzeleid
Released January 8, 1996
Recorded Polar Studios, Stockholm, 1995
Genre Neue Deutsche Härte
Industrial metal
Gothic rock
Length 4:48
Label Motor
Writer(s) Oliver Riedel
Producer Jacob Hellner
Carl-Michael Herlöffson
Rammstein singles chronology

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"Du riechst so gut"
(1995)
"Seemann"
(1996)
"Engel"
(1997)

Seeman (English: "Seaman") is the fifth track of the album Herzeleid, and was its third single release. A mostly romantic song, it is one of the softest Rammstein songs up to now, maybe because it was written during a period when all members but one were experiencing relationship problems.

StoryEdit

The music video features Richard, Ollie, Doom and Paul pushing a boat in the sand. In the boat stand a masked Flake and Till singing. At one point they keelhaul Till, and the boat bursts in flames. At moments, the video cuts and shows a woman dressed as a prostitute, and then it returns to the boat.

According to the "Making of Seemann" video, the band was to be "tugging away love", and that, no matter how hard they tried to move, they wouldn't. Till described it as a song about despair. According to Laszlo Kadar, the ship itself was to represent a life "all washed up".

DevelopmentEdit

Till thought of the song as the only "worthwhile" aspect of their first album - that is, it was the song most likely to be broadcast on the radio or TV. The rest, he considered to be "one big mess from start to finish". The song was made as a ballad to limit its commercial aspect.

At the time, the band had little to no idea what they wanted to do in videos, and relied on the record company to come up with one. Laszlo Kadar was provided for the role as director for the video; he had previously been the director in a number of Jever beer commercials. Much of the actions in the video, like Till laying in the sand during the middle verse, were Laszlo's own ideas; he did not know whether or not the band liked any of them, however.

According to Richard and Till, Laszlo Kadar was chosen as the video's director by the record company for his work in . The idea for Till to be laying in the sand during the middle verse was Laszlo's idea.

Schneider was critical of the hairstyle clothing choices, not finding leather and loincloths to go well with a video, though accepted them in the end; Till considered them "cool". Paul also found the video development to be unusual. Although going along with their English stylist, he couldn't help but feel that it wasn't how the band wanted to look. Paul, he thought, was made to look Russian, while much of the band was made almost bald. Flake was cast as "the monster", the role that, as became a habit, none of the other bandmembers wanted. Till felt that Flake did so because there was nothing else to do in the video other than pull the ship. Flake chose the plague mask, much to the annoyance of others - this was such a case that discussions were held as to whether or not he should wear it for the video. In the end, he obviously won the case.

LyricsEdit

Komm in mein Boot
ein Sturm kommt auf
und es wird Nacht

Wo willst du hin
so ganz allein
treibst du davon

Wer hält deine Hand
wenn es dich
nach unten zieht

Wo willst du hin
so uferlos
die kalte See

Komm in mein Boot
der Herbstwind hält
die Segel straff

Jetzt stehst du da an der Laterne
mit Tränen im Gesicht
das Tageslicht fällt auf die Seite
der Herbstwind fegt die Straße leer

Jetzt stehst du da an der Laterne
hast Tränen im Gesicht
das Abendlicht verjagt die Schatten
die Zeit steht still und es wird Herbst

Komm in mein Boot
die Sehnsucht wird
der Steuermann

Komm in mein Boot
der beste Seemann
war doch ich

Jetzt stehst du da an der Laterne
hast Tränen im Gesicht
das Feuer nimmst du von der Kerze
die Zeit steht still und es wird Herbst

Sie sprachen nur von deiner Mutter
so gnadenlos ist nur die Nacht
am Ende bleib ich doch alleine
die Zeit steht still
und mir ist kalt

Come in my boat
a storm is rising
and it is becoming night

Where do you want to go
so completely alone
you are drifting away

Who will hold your hand
when it pulls
you under

Where do you want to go
so boundless
the cold sea

Come in my boat
the autumn wind holds
the sails taut

Now you are standing by the lantern
with tears in your face
the daylight falls on the side
the autumn wind sweeps the streets clear

Now you are standing by the lantern
you have tears in your face
the evening light chases away the shadows
time stands still and it becomes autumn

Come in my boat
longing will be
the helmsman

Come in my boat
the best seaman
was I

Now you are standing by the lantern
you have tears in your face
you take the fire from the candle
time stands still and it becomes autumn

They only spoke of your mother
only the night is so merciless
at the end I am left alone
time stands still
and I am cold

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