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O Christmas Tree | Lyrics

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History

O Christmas Tree, or O Tannenbaum, in its original German version, refers to a fir tree. The carol's best known text was penned by a German organist and teacher, Ernst Anschutz in 1824, and was set to an old folk tune.

Fun Facts

An instrumental version of O Tannenbaum was recorded by Vince Guaraldi for the Peanuts television special A Charlie Brown Christmas. The Peanuts special first aired in 1965, and continues to be a Christmastime favorite.

English Lyrics

O Christmas Tree O, Christmas Tree,
Your branches green delight us.
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!
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
How lovely are thy branches
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree
How lovely are thy branches.
Your boughs so green in summertime
Stay bravely green in wintertime
O Christmas, O Christmas tree
How lovely are thy branches.

O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum
How lovely are, are thy branches
O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum
How lovely are, how lovely are thy branches.
The pillars all please faithfully
Our trust in God unchangedly
O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum
How love, lovely are thy branches.

German Lyrics

O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum
Wie treu sind deine Blatter!
O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum
Wie treu sind deine Blatter!
Du grunst nicht nur zur Sommerzeit,
Nein, auch im Winter, wenn es schneit.
O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum
Wie treu sind deine Blatter!

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


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