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Nat King Cole

O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree)

Written by Ernst Anschutz 1824, Music Traditional
Lyrics listed in Public Domain

 

O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
wie treu sind deine Bltter!
O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
wie treu sind deine Bltter!

Du grnst nicht nur zur Sommerzeit,
Nein auch im Winter, wenn es schneit.
O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
wie treu sind deine Bltter!

O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum!
Du kannst mir sehr gefallen!
O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum!
Du kannst mir sehr gefallen!

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

Du grnst nicht nur zur Sommerzeit,
Nein auch im Winter, wenn es schneit.
O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
wie treu sind deine Bltter!


O Christmas Tree is widely recorded (possibly because it is out of copyright... and therefore in the public domain).

The tune was first published in 1799 in Melodien zum Mildheimischen Liederbuch, likely based on a Westphalian folk song and possibly a borrowing from a traditional students' song Lauriger Horatius quam dixisti verum. The tune was there matched to the words ‘Es lebe hock’. The tune also appeared without words in Deutsche Volkslieder in the same year.

The first verse appeared in 1820 in August Zarnack’s Weisenbuch zu den Volksliedern fur Volkschulehn. Zarnack is sometimes given the credit, although this is not certain. It has been suggested that he based the verse after the ancient folk-song ‘O Dannebom’ ('O Fir Tree'):

 


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O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree)
©Nat King Cole
Album: Nat King Cole - The Magic Of Christmas (1960)
Label: Capitol Records Catalog #:W-1444

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