99 Red Balloons (99 LuftBallons)

Gee_Flat Member Posts: 906 Guru
edited February 5 in Social Club

This long-lost song that I never really liked (didn't hate it) popped in my head this morning like a prophetic awakening. Can't believe how apropos some of the lyrics are for the times, and derelicts being shot down.

"...the war machine springs to life..."

Recorded: Spliff Studio, West Berlin, 1984


  • Gee_Flat
    Gee_Flat Member Posts: 906 Guru

    Not concerned with comments on this, but how would I know if anyone checked it out without a thread 'view' count?

  • Gee_Flat
    Gee_Flat Member Posts: 906 Guru

    Turn on CC to read the lyrics. Thanks @Adeimus, that's one way to know šŸ˜Ž

  • Kaiwan_NI
    Kaiwan_NI Administrator Posts: 2,437 admin

    Call the troops out in a hurry

    This is what we've waited for

    This is it boys, this is war

    The President is on the line

    As 99 red balloons go by


  • Gee_Flat
    Gee_Flat Member Posts: 906 Guru
    edited February 17

    Balloons and UFOs?

    Remember this song was released 5 years before the wall came down, and I kept wondering are the red balloons some kind of symbolic peace offering, and I read this today:

    from Wikipedia:

    While at a June 1982 concert by the Rolling Stones in West Berlin, Nena's guitarist Carlo Karges noticed that balloons were being released. As he watched them move toward the horizon, he noticed them shifting and changing shapes, where they looked like strange spacecraft (referred to in the German lyrics as a "UFO"). He thought about what might happen if they floated over the Berlin Wall to the Soviet sector.

    šŸ‘½ļø << Zelenskyy šŸ˜€

    It's all 'fear porn' peddled by the media and the machine to deflect from the truth.

  • ANDREW221231
    ANDREW221231 Member Posts: 291 Advisor

    personally i prefer the original german lyrics version

  • Gee_Flat
    Gee_Flat Member Posts: 906 Guru
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