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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...
"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 Alpine hills. When the song is sung by Captain Georg Ritter von Trapp, it is used as a double metaphor. He sings it as he rediscovers music and a love for his children, in a rebirth similar to the flower's rebirth after the snows of winter recede; Later on in the show it is sung as a defiant statement of Austrian patriotism by the von Trapp family in the face of the pressure put upon Captain von Trapp to join the navy of Nazi Germany, similar to the hardiness of the flower as it blooms, dies and blooms again.
The great popularity of the song has led many of its audience to believe that it is an Austrian folk song or even the official national anthem.