|Single by Rammstein|
|from the album Rosenrot|
|Released||December 16, 2005|
|Recorded||Teldex Studio, Berlin, 2005|
|Genre||Neue Deutsche Härte, industrial metal|
|Label||Motor (Part of UMG)|
|Writer(s)||Richard Z. Kruspe, Paul Landers, Till Lindemann, Christian Lorenz, Oliver Riedel, Christoph Schneider|
|Producer(s)||Jacob Hellner and Rammstein|
|Rammstein singles chronology|
The "Rosenrot" track was highly anticipated by fans of Rammstein, as it was first hailed in February 2004 to be the first single from the band's fourth studio album, Reise, Reise (the song "Mein Teil" took the honour instead). In the end, "Rosenrot" didn't even make the track list of Reise, Reise, a move that the band's management claimed "left them speechless." The single was released in Germany on December 16, 2005.
The lyrics tell of a man who is asked by his lover to retrieve a rose from a mountain, and falls to his death .
The lyrics contain elements from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's poem "Heidenröslein" (while his poem "Erlkönig" similarly inspired the Reise, Reise track, "Dalai Lama"), and the story "Schneeweißchen und Rosenrot," from the Brothers Grimm. Till also seldom uses his trademark curling of 'R's in the song.
The song features riffs used previously in "Stein um Stein".
The video was filmed at Fundata (nearby Brașov), Romania and portrays the band as travelling monks who have come to a small village. The main story of the video shows one of the monks (played by vocalist Till Lindemann), falling in love with one of the local girls (played by then-14 year old Romanian model Cătălina Lavric), whom he met during a feast. At her request, he enters her house and murders her parents. As he leaves the house, the girl briefly smiles at him before she alarms the villagers who grab him and burn him on a stake. These scenes are intercut with the other monks engaging in flagellation as an act of contrition.
- Rosenrot (Single Edit) - 3:47
- Rosenrot (The Tweaker Remix) by Chris Vrenna - 4:34
- Rosenrot (Northern Lite Remix) by Northern Lite - 4:45
- Rosenrot (3am At Cosy Remix) by Jagz Kooner - 4:50
- Two 2-track CD's were released, featuring slightly different track lists:
- "Rosenrot (Single Edit)" and "Rosenrot (Northern Lite Remix)"
- "Rosenrot (Single Version)" and "Rosenrot (Northern Lite Remix)"