Languages › German Roy Black's Version of "Jingle Bells" in German Learn How to Sing the Popular German Christmas Carol Share Flipboard Email Print Imgorthand / Getty Images German History & Culture Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Grammar By Hyde Flippo German Expert Hyde Flippo taught the German language for 28 years at high school and college levels and published several books on the German language and culture. our editorial process Hyde Flippo Updated February 19, 2020 There are several versions of “Jingle Bells” in German, but Roy Black's 1968 rendition has become a German Christmas standard. The melody of this popular Christmas carol is the same as it is in English yet it is not a direct translation. In fact, the German song title translates to "A little white snowman." Whether you are a student of the German language or simply wish to fill your home with a classic German carol over the holidays, this is a fun song to learn. "Ein Kleiner weißer Schneemann" Lyrics “Jingle Bells” in GermanMelodie: "Jingle Bells" - Volksweise (traditional)Deutsche Version: Werner Twardy (1926-1977) This German version of "Jingle Bells" was written by the composer Werner Twardy for German pop singer, Roy Black, who recorded it in 1968. Twardy wrote many songs for Black over his career, including many Christmas songs. One might compare Black and his holiday songs to the American Bing Crosby. As you look at the English translation, you will notice that the lyrics are not like those we are familiar with. There is no "Dashing through the snow" or "Laughing all the way." Instead, the German lyrics feature a snowman who invites us on a sleigh ride through the woods. You will also notice that Twardy does not translate "Jingle Bells." If he had, it would be something like 'klimpern Glocken.' The song's German title, "Ein kleiner weißer Schneemann" actually translates to "A little white snowman." "Ein kleiner weißer Schneemann" Lyrics Direct Translation by Hyde Flippo Ein kleiner weißer Schneemannder steht vor meiner Tür,ein kleiner weißer Schneemannder stand gestern noch nicht hier,und neben dran der Schlitten,der lädt uns beide ein,zur aller ersten Schlittenfahrtins Märchenland hinein. A little white snowmanthat stands before my door,a little white snowmanthat wasn't here yesterday,and next to him the sleighthat invites both of usfor the very first rideinto a fairytale land. Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells,klingt es weit und breit.Schön ist eine Schlittenfahrtim Winter wenn es schneit.Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells,klingt es weit und breit.Mach' mit mir'ne Schneeballschlacht,der Winter steht bereit! Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells,it rings out far and wide.A sleigh ride is nicein winter when it snows.Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells,it rings out far and wide.Let's havea snowball fight,winter stands ready! Er kam auf leisen Sohlenganz über Nacht,hat heimlich und verstohlenden ersten Schnee gebracht. He came with soft footstepsquite overnight,quietly and secretly hebrought the first snow. Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells,klingt es weit und breit.Hell erstrahlt die ganze Weltim weißen, weißen Kleid.Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells,klingt es weit und breit.Christkind geht durchden Winterwald,denn bald ist Weihnachtszeit. Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells,it rings out far and wide.Brightly sparkles the whole worldin a white, white costume.Jingle bells, jingle bells,it rings out far and wide.Kris Kringle's going throughthe winter forest,for soon it'll be Christmas time. Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells,klingt es weit und breit... Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells,it rings out far and wide... The German lyrics are provided for educational use only. No infringement of copyright is implied or intended. The literal, prose translations of the original German lyrics by Hyde Flippo. Who was Roy Black? Roy Black (born Gerhard Höllerich, 1943-1991) began his career as a pop singer in the mid-1960s with his first big hit song “Ganz in Weiß” (All in White). By 1967, he appeared in the first of several films he eventually made. Born in a small town near Augsburg in Bavaria, Black's life was filled with personal and professional problems, despite his hit records and movies. After a brief comeback in a German TV series in 1990, he died of heart failure in October 1991. 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