Words: Oscar Hammerstein II; Music: Richard Rodgers (1959)
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.
Bless my homeland forever.
“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 of the musical, 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 his love for his children.
Here is the movie version, with singer Bill Lee’s voice dubbed for Christopher Plummer:
And here a video clip from the movie, but with Christopher Plummer’s own voice. The song starts one minute in.