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Frequently Asked Questions: Mutter

What different versions are there?

There were several editions of Mutter made.

A limited edition digipack was sold in Europe and imported by some other countries. A limited edition with a second CD with "Hallelujah" and the video for "Sonne" was sold at BestBuy stores in the United States. The Japanese edition also has "Hallelujah" as a hidden song after 2 minutes of silence on the last track.

Along with these, is the standard edition with the regular 11 tracks and nothing "special".

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What is the cover of Mutter from?

Apparently it is a dead child that either died before or after birth. The picture was taken by Daniel and Geo Fuchs, who also did the photography for the band on the inside of the booklet.

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What is up with the artwork inside?

The song "Mutter" is basically about an artificially created person that doesn't have any real parents. The song talks about how they have no navel (because they weren't actually born) and how they have a tube in their throat (from experiments).

The artwork for the entire Mutter CD follows this theme. The pictures of the band inside are as if they are being preserved in jars after death. The heart-waves, DNA symbols, labels, and such are all related to this.

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What does "Mein Herz brennt" have to do with Das Sandmännchen?

Das Sandmännchen (The Little Sandman) is a TV show from Germany that started in the mid-1950s. Every night the show would come on and the das Sandmännchen would tell bedtime stories. Each show started out with "Nun, liebe Kinder, gebt fein Acht. Ich habe euch etwas mitgebracht" ("Now, dear children, pay attention. I have brought something for you"). This should sound similar already.

The working title for "Mein Herz brennt" was actually "Sandmann" ("Sandman"). Basically das Sandmännchen was nice and good, but the subject of the song that Till has dreamed up is quite the opposite. In fact, he was even worse in a previous incarnation of the song played at the Fanabend concert in April 2000 at the Knaack Klub, Berlin. In the old version, a man has killed the real sandman and stolen his hair to look like him. He shows up for the children instead of who they were expecting.

Nun liebe Kinder gebt fein Acht
Ich bin die Stimme aus dem Kissen
Ich hab euch Haare mitgebracht
Hab sie dem Sandmann abgebissen

Ich trag es, weil ihr böse wart
Ich hab ihm Haar mit Haut geraubt
Biss ab den blutverschmierten Bart
Und warf ihn auf mein kahles Haupt

Now, dear children, pay attention
I am the voice from the pillow
I have brought hair for you
I bit them it off of the sandman

I wear it, because you were bad
I robbed him of hair with skin
I bit off the bloodsmeared beard
and tossed it on my bald head

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Why does Till say "Zwo" instead of "Zwei"?

Often times, zwo is said in order to avoid confusion with drei since zwei and drei rhyme. Both are correct. In keeping with the military theme of the lyrics in the song, Till says "zwo" since since it is what the military would say.

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Who sings on "Sonne"?

The woman singing in the song is a keyboard sample that Flake uses from Spectrasonic's Symphony of Voices.

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Whose voice is sampled on "Spieluhr"?

The child's voice belongs to Khira Li Lindemann, Richard's daughter. See this question for more information.

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What is "Hoppe hoppe Reiter"?

It is a children's song that is sung normally while bouncing a child on one's knee.

Hoppe, hoppe Reiter
wenn er fällt, dann schreit er
hoppe, hoppe Reiter
wenn er fällt, dann schreit er
fällt er in den Sumpf
macht der Reiter plumps

Hoppe, hoppe Reiter
wenn er fällt, dann schreit er
fällt er auf die Steine
tun ihm weh die Beine
fällt er in den Sumpf
macht der Reiter plumps

Hoppe, hoppe Reiter
wenn er fällt, dann schreit er
fällt er in den Graben
fressen ihn die Raben
fällt er in den Sumpf
macht der Reiter plumps

Up and down, rider
if he falls, then he cries out
up and down, rider
if he falls, then he cries out
if he falls into the marsh
then the rider makes a plop

Up and down, rider
if he falls, then he cries out
if he falls onto the rocks
then his legs cause him pain
if he falls in the marsh
then the rider makes a plop

Up and down, rider
if he falls, then he cries out
if he falls into the ditch
then the ravens devour him
if he falls in the marsh
then the rider makes a plop

As you can see, it is not a particularly "happy" song.

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Who sings on "Nebel"?

A woman named Bobo (her full name is Bobolina). She has her own band called Bobo in White Wooden Houses. Some information can be found on the White Wooden Website.

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