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Nena - 99 Red Balloons

English Lyrics - 99 Red Balloons

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NOTE: 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 German song.

SONG BACKGROUND
This is the song that brought Nena to the attention of English-speaking people all over the world in 1984. If you compare this English version, sung by Nena, to the original German lyrics she sang, you'll see that the English version only loosely follows the German text.


99 Red Balloons

NOTE: These lyrics are from the English version of the song. To see a literal translation of the German original, see: 99 Luftballons - English.

Text: Carlo Karges (English by Kevin McAlea)
Musik: J. U. Fahrenkrog-Petersen


You and I in a little toy shop
Buy a bag of balloons with the money we've got
Set them free at the break of dawn
Til one by one, they were gone
Back at base bugs in the software
Flash the message, something's out there
Floating in the summer sky
99 red balloons go by

99 red balloons
Floating in the summer sky
Panic bells it's red alert
There's something here from somewhere else
The war machine springs to life
Opens up one eager eye
Focusing it on the sky as 99 red balloons go by

99 Decision street
99 ministers meet
To worry, worry, super flurry
Call the troops out in a hurry
This is what we've waited for
This is it boys, this is war
The president is on the line
As 99 red balloons go by

99 knights of the air
Ride super high tech jet fighters
Everyone's a super hero
Everyone's a Captain Kirk
With orders to identify
To clarify, and classify
Scramble in the summer sky
99 red balloons go by

99 dreams I have had
In every one a red balloon
It's all over and I'm standing pretty
In this dust that was a city
If I could find a souvenir
Just to prove the world was here
And here is a red balloon
I think of you, and let it go


> Original German version of this song
> 99 Luftballons - English (literal translation)

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