Advent: December 10th – O Tannenbaum

O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum, Wie treu sind deine Blätter!

No, I don’t know German. I do, however, know that the Christmas song, Oh Christmas Tree, is actually of German origin. When I first searched Google, instead of finding a Wikipedia entry for Oh Christmas Tree, I found one for O Tannenbaum.

The song was written in 1842, though the lyrics are assumed to date back further to as early as 1550.

Similar to many other Christmas songs there have been many covers of Oh Christmas Tree, from Tony Bennett and Aretha Franklin to Alvin and the Chipmunks and They Might Be Giants, who released a record included a version of O Tannenbaum.

Shall we begin?

Which better version to start with than the original (though it’s not the first ever recording of the song), here is O Tannenbaum.

If you want to hear another version of O Tannenbaum (though it’s also in English!), here’s Carreras, Domingo and Pavarotti’s version

To balance things out a little, we have Boney M.

Finally, to top it off, is the metal version. I’m intrigued by how different it sounds, so I hope you enjoy it too.


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