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CAPTAIN:
Edelweiss, Edelweiss
Every morning you greet me
Small and white clean and bright
You look happy to meet me
Blossom of snow may you bloom and grow
Bloom and grow forever
Edelweiss,Edelweiss
Bless my homeland forever.

CAPTAIN, MARIA, THE CHILDREN AND CHORUS:
Small and white clean and bright
You look happy to meet me
Blossom of snow may you bloom and grow
Bloom and grow forever
Edelweiss,Edelweiss
Bless my homeland forever



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    UnregisteredOct 4, 2013 at 3:49 pm
    This song always makes me think of the Sound of Music ♫ I loved watching that movie when I was a kid. It brings back a lot of nostalgia. I remember the days where my piano teacher and I sat on the black piano bench, her little tiny dog snuggling on top pof our feet, as we bent in towards the music book, and she patiently helped me learn it! Afterwards we'd celebrate with a regal tea party. :) Doesn't childhood seem so sweet in retrospect? Bless my homeland forever!
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    UnregisteredMar 21, 2012 at 3:14 am
    Just to add to the queue, the song takes on significant additonal meaning in the movie because it is also a symbol of austria nationalism and patriotism and is a none-too-subtle reminder to their new german (nazi) friends that the austrians aren't completely happy with the cozy new arrangement with hitler. By singing this song, the von trapp family is bravely standing up to the germans in a very "passive resistance" way.
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    UnregisteredMay 26, 2012 at 8:55 pm
    I think this is the most mindful anthem lyrics there are put together with a beautiful melody. In the sound of music scene where captain sings with his family, when their very safety is at hand, due to oppressive nazi forces, his whole being portrays loyalty to family, way of life, and country.
    If we could extend this loyalty to the whole world and act in the same manner, then we would have peace on earth.
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    UnregisteredDec 3, 2011 at 6:08 am
    "edelweiss" is a show tune from the 1959 rodgers and hammerstein musical the sound of music. It is named after the edelweiss, a white flower found high in the alps. It is sung by captain georg ludwig von trapp and his family during the concert near the end of act ii as a defiant statement of austrian patriotism in the face of the pressure put upon him to join the navy of nazi germany. In the 1965 film adaptation, the song is also sung by the captain earlier in the film as he rediscovers music and a love for his children. And imho, one of the most beautiful little songs ever written.
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    UnregisteredNov 2, 2011 at 9:42 pm
    I think its interesting that this song was written for the sound of music by oscar hammerstein in the final months of his life. The part about the homeland does not in any way say that nazi germany was a good thing. The flower is actually supposed to be the mark or a true warrior because the only way to get one is to climb into the alps above the treeline. However, in this connotation it is talking about austria as the "homeland. " in another sense, the real world meaning is that a brilliant writer and producer, named oscar hammerstein, wrote a final, beautiful, piece of music, while dealing with the fact that he had terminal cancer. Many of his shows dealt with heavy issues of hate and racism. It is only fitting that his final work would be for the play, "the sound of music," a play that stands for so much that he stood for. This is a song written by a dying man, about flowers blooming and growing forever, and greeting him every morning.

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