Saturday, December 31, 2011

Man Against Man







A thoughtful (straight) student from last semester's world lit class sent me the link to this Rammstein video for the 2005 single "Mann Gegen Mann" (or "man against man"), a pro-gay anthem from the German alternative metal band. Jonas Akerlund directed the video (he won a Grammy for directing Madonna's "Ray of Light" video in 1998). I'm pretty distant from heavy metal, but this I like. I am a huge supporter of gays' right to marry, raise children, and blend into the dominant culture if they so choose, but my true heart will always be with the satanic, kinky, rebel, and perv side of queerdom.  Jeremy Williams provides an English translation (and notes):

Destiny smiled on me
and gave me a present
Threw me on a warm star [1]
So close to the skin, so far from the eye
I take my destiny in my own hands
My desire is manned

Where the fresh water dies
because it taints itself in salt
I keep the Little Prince in mind
A king without a queen
When a woman is mistaken about me
then the bright world is confused

Man against man
My skin belongs to the gentlemen
Man against man
Birds of a feather flock together
Man against man
I am the servant of two masters
Man against man
Birds of a feather flock together

I am the corner of all rooms
I am the shadow of all trees
No link is missing in my chain [2]
when lust pulls from behind
My family calls me a traitor [3]
I am the nightmare of all fathers

Man against man
My skin belongs to the gentlemen
Man against man
Birds of a feather flock together

Man against man
But my heart freezes on some days
Man against man
Cold tongues that beat there

Gay-ah [4]

I'm not interested in balance
The sun shines in my face
But my heart freezes on some days
Cold tongues that beat there

Gay-ah 
Man gayfor man [5]

[1] "Warm" means the same as the English word "warm," but also is slang for "homosexual." Thus, the star is either warm or gay, or both.

[2] "Glied" can mean both "link" (of a chain) and "member" – that is, "penis."

[3] "Geschlecht" can mean many things: "sex," "gender," "family," "house," "generation," etc. It can also be short for "Geschlechtsteil" which means "genitals."

[4] The screaming ("Ah") has been combined with "Schwuler" to make "Schwulah." That, or it's similar to "playa" as opposed to "player," just changing the ending to sound "hip."

[5] Gegen and "gay gen" sound the same. The former means "against," the latter "gay for."

3 comments:

  1. I've dabbled in Rammstein (not LITERALLY), in college I loved "Du Hast," and my brother has gotten some of their albums. But I like them even more, now!

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  2. This video made me think of Australian band The Presets' video for their single "This Boy's In Love." Check it out:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WO45oUdRqTs&ob=av3e

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  3. Cool video, Bruno. Thanks for the heads up. Erotic wrestling needs to be a bigger part of pop culture!

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