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Song Lyrics in German and English
Nena: 99 Luftballons - English

English Translation of "99 Luftballons"

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NOTE: This English translation of the song lyrics below are provided for educational use only. No infringement of copyright is implied or intended. - Also see the original German lyrics for this song.

This is the song that brought Nena to the attention of English-speaking people all over the world in 1984. However, the English translation below is a literal version of the original German, not the lyrics from Nena's "99 Red Balloons" song, originally released in the U.S. and other English-speaking countries in 1984.

99 Luftballons - English

Also see: 99 Luftballons - Deutsch

Note: The translation below is not the "99 Red Balloons" version.

German Text: Carlo Karges
Translation: Hyde Flippo
Musik: Uwe Fahrenkrog-Petersen

Have you some time for me,
then I'll sing a song for you
about 99 balloons
on their way to the horizon.
If you're perhaps thinking about me right now
then I'll sing a song for you
about 99 balloons
and that such a thing comes from such a thing.

99 balloons
on their way to the horizon
People think they're UFO's from space
so a general sent up
a fighter squadron after them
Sound the alarm if it's so
but there on the horizon were
only 99 balloons.

99 fighter jets
Each one's a great warrior
Thought they were Captain Kirk
then came a lot of fireworks
the neighbors didn't understand anything
and felt like they were being provoked
so they shot at the horizon
at 99 balloons.

99 war ministers
matches and gasoline canisters
They thought they were clever people
already smelled a nice bounty
Called for war and wanted power.
Man, who would've thought
that things would someday go so far
because of 99 balloons.

99 years of war
left no room for victors.
There are no more war ministers
nor any jet fighters.
Today I'm making my rounds
see the world lying in ruins.
I found a balloon,
think of you and let it fly (away).

> Original German lyrics of this song

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