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FROSTY, DER SCHNEEMANN
(FROSTY, THE SNOWMAN)

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DEUTSCH
Melodie: Steve Edward Nelson
Englischer Text:
  Walter E. "Jack" Rollins
Deutscher Text: Götz Alsmann

 

Frosty der Schneemann
War ein fröhlicher Gesell
Seine Augen waren
  kohlenschwarz
Und die Nase möhrenhell

Frosty der Schneemann
Mit Kartoffelknöpfen dran
War er mehr als nur eine
  Schneefigur
Ein Freund für jedermann

Vielleicht lag's am Zylinderhut
Der schon lang im Keller lag
Kaum setzen wir ihn Frosty auf
Tanzt er den ganzen Tag

Frosty der Schneemann
Wie ein Wunder sah das aus
Und die Kinder lachten
  über ihn
Auf dem ganzen weg nach Haus

Frosty der Schneemann
Winkt mit seinem Besenarm
Kinder los, rief er
Bevor ich schmelz'
Denn dieser Tag wird warm

Frosty der Schneemann
Wollte Spaß so lang
  es ging
Und er lachte, und er hüpfte
  und er sprang herum
So dass nicht ein Kind ihn fing

Er rannte bis zum Rathausplatz
Da war gar nichts dabei
Nur einmal kriegt er einen
  riesengroßen Schreck
Oh oh, die Polizei!

Frosty der Schneemann
Hatte leider nicht viel Glück
Denn es wurde warm und
  er zerfloss
Doch ich weiß er kommt zurück

ENGLISH
Music: Steve Edward Nelson
English lyrics:
  Walter E. "Jack" Rollins
German lyrics: Götz Alsmann
Literal English translation - HF

Frosty the Snowman
Was a jolly fellow
His eyes were
  coal black
And his nose carrot bright

Frosty the Snowman
With potato buttons on him
He was more than just a
  snow figure
A friend for everyone.

Maybe it was the top hat
That lay so long in the cellar
Hardly had we put it on Frosty
He's dancing all day

Frosty the Snowman
Like a miracle it seemed
And the children laughed
  about him
All the way home

Frosty the Snowman
Waves with his broomstick arm
Children, let's go, he shouted
Before I melt
For this day's getting warm.

Frosty the Snowman
Wanted to have fun as long
  as possible
And he laughed, and he hopped
  and he jumped around
So that not a child could catch him.

He ran to the town hall square
There was nothing going on
Only once he gets a
  really big scare
Oh oh, the police!

Frosty the Snowman
Unfortunately hadn't much luck
For it turned warm and
  he melted away
But I know he'll return.

MORE > Original English lyrics for this song


VIDEO
Götz Alsmann & Band - Frosty, der Schneemann

(ZDF, 28 Nov. 2008)


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ABOUT THIS SONG

“Frosty the Snowman” is a popular Christmas song written by Walter E. "Jack" Rollins and Steve Edward Nelson. It was first recorded by the singing cowboy Gene Autry and the Cass County Boys in 1950. The German version above was written by the German jazz musician and performer Götz Alsmann.

Like other songs about winter, this song is considered a Christmas song, despite never referring to the holiday. Written in response to the success of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and originally entitled “Frosty the Snow Man,” Autry's single sold two million copies. The clever story and lyrics by Rollins combined with the catchy melody by Nelson turned the song into a classic. The Rollins/Nelson team also created another musical holiday character: Peter Cottontail (1949, for Easter).

MORE > Traditional English lyrics for this song


 
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