O Tannenbaum

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O Tannenbaum
Composer Traditional
Released 1540

O Tannenbaum, or, in its English version, "O Christmas Tree", is a Christmas carol of German origin. The word Tannenbaum directly translates to "fir tree". While the best known version of the lyrics come from Ernst Anschütz's 1824 version, the song can be dated back to at least 1550.

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1987-??-?? Auf Wiedersehen Monty (C64) Rob Hubbard, Ben Daglish SID
1987-12-04 Santa Claus no Takarabako (FDS) Noriyuki Nakagami, Yasuo Miyata, K. Suzuki NSF

Auf Wiedersehen Monty (C64)

Santa Claus no Takarabako (FDS)

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Lyrics

O Tannenbaum has had various lyrics written for it over the centuries, but these are the most popular:

German
O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
Wie treu sind deine Blätter!
Du grünst nicht nur zur Sommerzeit,
Nein, auch im Winter, wenn es schneit.
O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
Wie treu sind deine Blätter!

O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
Du kannst mir sehr gefallen!
Wie oft hat schon zur Winterzeit
Ein Baum von dir mich hoch erfreut!
O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
Du kannst mir sehr gefallen!

O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
Dein Kleid will mich was lehren:
Die Hoffnung und Beständigkeit
Gibt Mut und Kraft zu jeder Zeit!
O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
Dein Kleid will mich was lehren!
English Translation
O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum,
How are thy leaves!
You're green not only in the summertime,
No, even in winter when it snows.
O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum,
How are thy leaves!

O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum,
You are most lovely!
How often has been the winter time
A tree like you given me very happy!
O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum,
You are most lovely!

O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum,
Your dress wants to teach me something:
The hope and resistance
Are courage and strength at any time!
O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum,
Your dress wants to teach me something!

The song O Christmas Tree has similar, but unique verses, and considerably more.

English Version

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
Your branches green delight us!
They're green when summer days are bright,
They're green when winter snow is white.
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
Your branches green delight us!

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
You give us so much pleasure!
How oft at Christmas tide the sight,
O green fir tree, gives us delight!
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
You give us so much pleasure!

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree
Forever true your color.
Your boughs so green in summertime
Stay bravely green in wintertime.
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree
Forever true your color.

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree
You fill my heart with music.
Reminding me on Christmas Day
To think of you and then be gay.
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree
You fill my heart with music.

O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree!
How are thy leaves so verdant!
Not only in the summertime,
But even in winter is thy prime.
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
How are thy leaves so verdant!

O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
Much pleasure dost thou bring me!
For ev’ry year the Christmas tree,
Brings to us all both joy and glee.
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
Much pleasure dost thou bring me!

O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
How lovely are thy branches!
Not only green when summer's here
But in the coldest time of year.
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
How lovely are thy branches!

O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
How sturdy God hath made thee!
Thou bidds't us all place faithfully
Our trust in God, unchangingly!
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
How sturdy God hath made thee!

O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
Thy candles shine out brightly!
Each bough doth hold its tiny light,
That makes each toy to sparkle bright.
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
Thy candles shine out brightly!

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