Holy crap, I only happened to hear this song on the radio, but now that I've looked it up, I just can't stop listening to it!
Okay, from what I've looked up about the song, the original German Lyrics from Nena were quite different from the English parts that Kim Wilde sings.
Nena's parts are still the same as it originally was, which are kinda more surreal, talking about building a castle of sand, wheels of fire and talking about the future and all that.
The Kim Wilde parts are in general a bit more down-to-earth, turning it into a more normal kind of love song in a way. Nena's love original love song seems to be more surreal like I mentioned above.
So is this a case a weakening the song for English speaking audiences?
Well I can imagine some Nena hardcore fans feeling this way, and I wouldn't blame them, but this is my interpretation of it.
I think the key to my interpretation is the lyrics: "You don't speak my dialect, but our images reflect".
If you look at Nena's outfit, it's some kind of Biker Girl outfit, while Kim's outfit is a bit more typical, like an adult woman.
I think this song is not about two people loving each other despite not sharing a language, but in fact it's a song about loving yourself.
Nena and Kim Wilde represent someone looking at themselves in the mirror, not identifying with how they look to who they are on the inside.
If you consider Nena to be the reflection, she's pretty much telling the person looking in the mirror to not worry about the dissonance and that she's there to help them, building a castle of sand to keep them warm. Hmmm, could the sand also add to the symbolism of reflections? I mean sand is used to create mirrors, right?
On the other hand, if you consider Kim to be the reflection, it's a tale of a delinquent who want to escape the world they're in and longs to lead a more conventional life. This may be why the video cuts to this guy who uncomfortably looks at the environment he's in. At the end he walks to the light, but gives one last look, seeing one of the guys who was at the party he was in. It could symbolize that no matter what new life you lead, the past will never completely leave you. Sometimes instead of regretting it, you must simply learn to accept it, maybe even love it.
The lyrics about belonging together, anyplace, anywhere, anytime could represent how no matter how much you try to escape from everything, you'll never escape yourself, always finding yourself in reflections and whatnot. It could even be enforced by Nena and Kim constantly doing the same poses opposite each other.
Am I over analyzing this? Maybe.
But you know what? That's how I interpret this song, and why I'm still listening to it as I post this.
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