Helden – Unveiling the Anthem of Transcendent Triumph

You can view the lyrics, alternate interprations and sheet music for Apocalyptica's Helden at Lyrics.org.
Article Contents:
  1. Music Video
  2. Lyrics
  3. Song Meaning
  4. Defying the Odds with Delphine Grace
  5. A Royal Rebellion: Becoming Kings and Queens of Our Fate
  6. The Cold Wall of Reality and Dreams of Escape
  7. Kisses in the Crossfire: Love in the Face of Danger
  8. Temporal Triumphs: Siezing Glory One Day at a Time


Du, könntest Du schwimmen
Wie Delphine, Delphine es tun
Niemand gibt uns eine chance
Doch können wir siegen
Für immer und immer

Und wir sind dann Helden
Für einen Tag, ja
Ich, ich bin dann König
Und Du, Du Königin
Obwohl sie so unschlagbar scheinen

Werden wir Helden
Für einen Tag
Dann sind wir Helden
Für einen Tag

Ich, ich glaub das zu träumen
Die Mauer im Rücken war kalt

Die Schüsse reißen die Luft
Doch wir küssen, als ob nichts geschieht
Und die Scham fiel auf ihre Seite
Oh wir können sie schlagen für alle Zeiten

Dann sind wir Helden
An diesem Tag
Dann sind wir Helden
Dann sind wir Helden

Dann sind wir Helden
Nur diesen Tag
Dann sind wir Helden
Nur diesen Tag

Full Lyrics

In a world where chaos brushes the borders of our consciousness and society often seems to teeter on the precipice of turmoil, Apocalyptica’s ‘Helden’ emerges not just as a song, but as a resonant outcry for the possibility of heroic transcendence. Their rendition of David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’, sung in German, encapsulates the essence of battling against the odds and the ephemeral nature of triumph.

As haunting cello strings weep and wail in their signature symphonic metal style, Apocalyptica sets the stage for a lyrical deep-dive. Each stanza weaves the possibility of an ordinary person rising to the extraordinary, a momentary victory against an oppressive force, illustrating that being a hero is not about permanence, but about seizing the moment.

Defying the Odds with Delphine Grace

Apocalyptica opens with a striking image: the ability to swim like dolphins—creatures synonymous with grace and intelligence. The lyrics juxtapose the elegance of these animals with the unlikelihood of triumph, yet propose that there’s still a chink in the armor of fate that can be exploited. This is a call to the listener to embrace their inner grace and intelligence in the face of adversity.

The defiance packed into these lines is electrified by the sheer force of Apocalyptica’s cellos. The reference to dolphins is a not-so-subtle nod to the capability of overcoming buoyancy and navigating through treacherous waters, symbolic of the human capacity to rise above challenges, as fluid and as unpredictable as they may be.

A Royal Rebellion: Becoming Kings and Queens of Our Fate

There’s a royal resistance brewing in the lyrics of ‘Helden’, where everyday individuals crown themselves as kings and queens. It’s an act of rebellion against the defeating prophecies of the world ‘though they seemed unbeatable’. The act of crowning oneself disrupts the narrative, implying a temporary but powerful subversion of the status quo.

In the hands of Apocalyptica, this subversion becomes an orchestral uprising, each string instrument contributing to a collective sound of empowerment. The lyrical governance over one’s own destiny is a revolutionary act, a majestic proclamation paved with the struggles and eventual triumph.

The Cold Wall of Reality and Dreams of Escape

The protagonist in ‘Helden’ is tethered to a wall of cold reality, a reference to barriers both physical and metaphorical. The imagery is a poignant reminder of the Berlin Wall, a symbol of division and the searing chill of isolation. However, in the grip of Apocalyptica’s relentless melody, these barriers quiver, suggesting that dreams and desires can fracture even the coldest of divisions.

This section is not just a verse; it is a testament to the resolve of those who dare to dream, with the musicians coaxing out the essence of hope that thrums beneath the surface of oppression. ‘Helden’ is a sonic depiction of the struggle to maintain those dreams even when the stark reality looms large and unyielding.

Kisses in the Crossfire: Love in the Face of Danger

Amidst the chaos and the gunshots tearing through the air, ‘Helden’ crafts a narrative of love that defies the surrounding turmoil. It paints a vivid picture of passion and tenderness as an act of rebellion, with Apocalyptica’s instrumental prowess heightening the stakes of this emotional battlefield, where vulnerability becomes an unspoken strength.

The shame that fell on their side represents the collapse of an oppressive gaze, and the rebels’ ability to love without heeding the imminent danger is a demonstration of their victory over fear and societal constraints. Through this, ‘Helden’ conveys the message that even in our darkest hours, love can serve as the ultimate act of defiance.

Temporal Triumphs: Siezing Glory One Day at a Time

Apocalyptica crescendos into the stark realization that being heroes is an act bound by time—’just for one day.’ Yet, the song celebrates the momentary nature of victory. Rather than mourning the fleetingness of success, ‘Helden’ embraces the impermanence, suggesting that the glory of being a hero lies in the courage of momentary defiance, not in its duration.

In this way, ‘Helden’ becomes an anthem for ephemeral triumphs; it rejects the cynicism that heroes are but myths and instills in its listeners the conviction that heroism is attainable, even if just for a day. The song serves as a haunting reminder that sometimes, the most profound victories are those that blaze brightly but briefly against the dark.

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