♫ Snoopy’s Christmas ♫

Last night, when I played Snoopy Vs The Red Baron, I noted that I was a bit confused about which song rawgod had requested, that one, or Snoopy’s Christmas.  Turns out, I got it wrong the first time, and it was actually this one, Snoopy’s Christmas, that he was asking for!

This song is a follow-up to Snoopy Vs The Red Baron, in which Snoopy is a fighter pilot. In Snoopy’s Christmas, The Red Baron decides not to shoot Snoopy down, but forces him to land and gives him a Christmas gift.

Although fictitious, the song is set against the backdrop of a legitimate historical event. During World War I, in 1914, “The Christmas Truce” was initiated not by German and British commanders, but by the soldiers themselves. The length of the cease-fire varied by location, and was reported to have been as brief as Christmas Day or as long as the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Trench-bound combatants exchanged small gifts across the lines, with Germans giving beer to the British, who sent tobacco and tinned meat back in return. No Man’s Land was cleared of dead bodies, trenches were repaired and drained, and troops from both sides shared pictures of their families and, in some places, used No Man’s Land for friendly games of football.  There is a song about this event that I will be playing later this week.xmas-SnoopySnoopy’s Christmas reached the No. 1 position in the New Zealand and Australia singles charts in 1967, and remains a popular Christmas song in those countries. The song was the fastest-selling single at the time it was originally released and is estimated to be the biggest selling overseas single sold in New Zealand in the 20th century.  Snoopy’s Christmas was also voted “the worst Christmas song of all time” by readers of the New Zealand Herald in 2007.

Snoopy’s Christmas
The Royal Guardsmen

O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum
Do kannst mir sehr gefallen!

The news had come out in the First World War
The bloody Red Baron was flying once more
The Allied command ignored all of its men
And called on Snoopy to do it again

Was the night before Christmas, 40 below
When Snoopy went up in search of his foe
He spied the Red Baron, fiercely they fought
With ice on his wings Snoopy knew he was caught

Christmas bells those Christmas bells
Ring out from the land
Asking peace of all the world
And good will to man

The Baron had Snoopy dead in his sights
He reached for the trigger to pull it up tight
Why he didn’t shoot, well, we’ll never know
Or was it the bells from the village below?

Christmas bells those Christmas bells
Ringing through the land
Bringing peace to all the world
And good will to man

The Baron made Snoopy fly to the Rhine
And forced him to land behind the enemy lines
Snoopy was certain that this was the end
When the Baron cried out, “Merry Christmas, mein friend!”

The Baron then offered a holiday toast
And Snoopy, our hero, saluted his host
And then with a roar they were both on their way
Each knowing they’d meet on some other day

Christmas bells those Christmas bells
Ringing through the land
Bringing peace to all the world
And good will to man

Christmas bells those Christmas bells
Ringing through the land
Bringing peace to all the world
And good will to man

Christmas bells those Christmas bells
Ringing through the land

Songwriters: Luigi Creatore / Hugo Peretti / George David Weiss
Snoopy’s Christmas lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Spirit Music Group, Concord Music Publishing LLC, Music Sales Corporation, Barbara Schwartz Music

14 thoughts on “♫ Snoopy’s Christmas ♫

  1. Thanks, John, and especially, thank you, Jill. You didn’t have to do it, yesterday’s song sufficed quite well, but, yeah, thank you.
    The Christmas Peace was quite the thing, wasn’t it? Too bad it wasn’t repeated in WWII.

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  2. Thanks, Jill! This story of the WWI Christmas truce underlines the fact that if nations forced their leaders to fight their own wars on the front lines, very few wars would actually break out. Of course, as technology improves, it will be more likely that wars won’t be fought by human soldiers. Good choice, Rawgod!

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