Rock Me Amadeus – Dissecting the 80s Homage to a Classical Legend


You can view the lyrics, alternate interprations and sheet music for Falco's Rock Me Amadeus at Lyrics.org.
Article Contents:
  1. Music Video
  2. Lyrics
  3. Song Meaning
  4. A Rebel with a Cause: Punk Meets Classical
  5. Virtuoso or Rock Idol? The Dual Identity of Amadeus
  6. The Allure of Fame and the Sting of Debt
  7. The Hidden Symphony: What ‘Rock Me Amadeus’ Tells Us about Genius
  8. Echoing through Time: ‘Come and Rock Me Amadeus’

Lyrics

Rock me, rock me, rock me, rock me
Rock me, Amadeus
Do it, do it

Rock me all the time to the top

Er war ein Punker
Und er lebte in der großen Stadt
Es war in Wien, war Vienna
Wo er alles tat
Er hatte Schulden, denn er trank
Doch ihn liebten alle Frauen
Und jede rief
„Come and rock me Amadeus“

Er war Superstar
Er war populär
Er war so exaltiert
Because er hatte Flair
Er war ein Virtuose
War ‘n Rockidol
Und alles rief
„Come and rock me Amadeus“

Amadeus, Amadeus, Amadeus
Amadeus, Amadeus, Amadeus
Amadeus, Amadeus, oh, oh, oh Amadeus
Come and rock me, Amadeus

Amadeus, Amadeus, Amadeus
Amadeus, Amadeus, Amadeus
Amadeus, Amadeus, oh, oh, oh Amadeus

Ey
Es war um 1780
Und es war in Wien
No plastic money anymore
Die Banken gegen ihn
Woher die Schulden kamen
War wohl jedermann bekannt
Er war ein Mann der Frauen
Frauen liebten seinen Punk

Er war Superstar
Er war so populär
Er war zu exaltiert
Genau das war sein Flair
Er war ein Virtuose
War ‘n Rockidol
Und alles ruft noch heute
„Come and rock me Amadeus“

Amadeus, Amadeus, Amadeus
Amadeus, Amadeus, Amadeus
Amadeus, Amadeus, oh, oh, oh Amadeus
Come and rock me, Amadeus

Amadeus, Amadeus, Amadeus
Amadeus, Amadeus, Amadeus
Amadeus, Amadeus, oh, oh, oh Amadeus
Come and rock me, Amadeus

Now, come and rock me, Amadeus

Amadeus, Amadeus, Amadeus
Amadeus, Amadeus, Amadeus
Amadeus, Amadeus, oh, oh, oh Amadeus

Amadeus, Amadeus, Amadeus
Amadeus, Amadeus, Amadeus
Amadeus, Amadeus, oh, oh, oh Amadeus

Amadeus, Amadeus
Amadeus, Amadeus
Come on, rock me
Come and rock me to the top
Amadeus
Ama-, Ama-, Amadeus
Now come and, now come and rock me, Amadeus
Amadeus

Full Lyrics

Transcending time and genre, Falco’s ‘Rock Me Amadeus’ is not merely a song but a cultural phenomenon that put an 18th-century icon into a synth-pop capsule. But beyond the infectious beats and the Austrian flair, what do the lyrics really convey about the world’s most storied composer?

As we peel back the layers of catchy hooks and dance-inducing rhythms, ‘Rock Me Amadeus’ reveals itself as an intricate tapestry, weaving together the glamor and the tragedy of genius, and bridging the gap between classical prestige and the raw energy of punk rock.

A Rebel with a Cause: Punk Meets Classical

The line, ‘Er war ein Punker’ (‘He was a punk’), might seem like an anomaly when talking about a classical icon like Mozart. Yet, Falco’s lyrics artfully draw parallels between the nonconformist spirit of 18th-century Vienna’s genius and the rebellious nature inherent in the punk movement. Punks were known for their disdain for authority, and Mozart, in his own way, challenged the musical conventions of his time.

Falco’s nod to Vienna, or ‘Vienna,’ is more than geographical pride—it’s an acknowledgment of a continuum of avant-garde tradition, from the court halls where Mozart played to the underground punk scenes that would emerge two centuries later. In essence, the song is a tribute to the everlasting soul of artistic rebellion.

Virtuoso or Rock Idol? The Dual Identity of Amadeus

‘Er war ein Virtuose, War ‘n Rockidol’ (He was a virtuoso, was a rock idol)—these lines capture the duality of Mozart as both a prodigious composer and the music world’s first true ‘superstar.’ While the term ‘rock idol’ is anachronistic when applied to Mozart, it speaks to the timelessly magnetic personality that could captivate audiences across eras.

Falco’s clever lyrical contrast paints Mozart as not just a creator of complex melodies but as a figure who, much like the rock stars of the modern age, elicited fervor, admiration, and even obsession. This perspective brings forth an understanding of how the public personas of musical icons can transcend their original historical context.

The Allure of Fame and the Sting of Debt

Touching upon the glam and gloom of fame, the lines, ‘No plastic money anymore, Die Banken gegen ihn’ (The banks against him), remind us of the precarious financial struggles that haunted Mozart. Despite his popular and critical acclaim, Mozart’s finances were a mess—a tension that many musicians still grapple with today.

‘Woher die Schulden kamen, War wohl jedermann bekannt’ (Where the debts came from, was probably known to everyone) implies that his monetary issues were no secret, cementing the idea that personal pitfalls often lie just beneath the surface of dazzling public images. The song spotlights the dichotomy of Mozart’s life—the adored artist versus the indebted individual.

The Hidden Symphony: What ‘Rock Me Amadeus’ Tells Us about Genius

Beneath the pumping beats lies a subtler commentary on the nature of genius. ‘Er war zu exaltiert, Genau das war sein Flair’ (He was so exuberant, precisely that was his flair)—the song attributes Mozart’s genius not only to his exceptional musical skill but also to his exuberant personality, suggesting that true genius is not only a matter of talent but attitude as well.

‘Rock Me Amadeus’ thus becomes an anthem for those who are unashamedly different and a celebration of the quirks that make geniuses, whether they’re composers or rock stars, inherently fascinating. It nudges us to embrace the oddities in ourselves and in the historical figures we idolize, as those very traits may be the bedrock of our unique talents.

Echoing through Time: ‘Come and Rock Me Amadeus’

Not just a memorable hook, ‘Come and rock me Amadeus’ has morphed into an enduring catchphrase that merges the whimsical with the commanding. At its core, it is a call to let loose, to break the shackles of time and musical genre, and to revel in the legacy of a man who became a legend.

This memorable line echoes a sentiment that binds together avid music lovers—the desire to be moved, shaken, and transformed by music. Through this imperative chant, Falco invites every listener to find in themselves the rock star, the genius, the Amadeus that dwells within the heart of every impassioned melody, whether from a punk riff or a classical serenade.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may also like...