There are two versions of the song: the original version completely in German, and a second version partially in English (found on special editions of the Sehnsucht album). In the second version, the first chorus and the verses are in English and the last chorus is in German. The English lyrics are not a direct translation of the German; 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.
The first known performance of the song dates from 15 May 1997 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Over the years, several stunts have been used during the live performances of "Du Hast", ranging from the dildo used in "Bück Dich", to the bow used in "Du Riechst So Gut". In their Reise, Reise and Liebe ist für Alle Da tour, flames shoot several feet into the air and Till Lindemann fired with a different bow into the air, "starting" a chain reaction that fired rockets over the audience. Being a fan favourite, it has been played in almost every concert to date since its initial performance. When performed live, the intro is always a bit longer than in the studio version.