Rammstein’s ‘Du Hast’ (Leaping Ahead #15)

Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #15: 160115

[A song from a German band]

“You, you have, you have me…” The translated opening lines of Du Hast, released as the second single from Rammstein’s second album ‘Sehnsucht’ in 1997.But a direct English translation of the German isn’t actually possible;the original lyrics use the German homophones haben (to have) and hassen (to hate). When conjugated in the second person singular form (i.e. “you”), the verbs haben and hassen become respectively hast and hasst; there is no phonetic difference between these two words so the whole song is a play on them.

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