Rod McLaughlin

Rammstein rewrites Marvell (22 aug 15)

I wonder if anyone else has noticed the debt owed by German rock band Rammstein to the English metaphysical poet Andrew Marvell.

Marvell's To His Coy Mistress:

Had we but world enough and time
This coyness, lady, were no crime...
My vegetable love should grow
Vaster than empires and more slow
An hundred years should go to praise
Thine eyes, and on thy forehead gaze
Two hundred to adore each breast

But thirty thousand to the rest...

...But at my back I always hear
Time's wingèd chariot hurrying near
And yonder all before us lie
Deserts of vast eternity.

Thy beauty shall no more be found
Nor, in thy marble vault, shall sound
My echoing song; then worms shall try
That long-preserved virginity,
And your quaint honour turn to dust,
And into ashes all my lust...

Here is Rammstein's succinct modern version:

You've got a pussy, I have a dick
So what's the problem?
Let's do it quick!
Take me now before it's too late -
Life's too short, so I can't wait...

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