“Frosty the Snowman” (“Frosty der Schneemann”)

A Christmas Carol in German and English

Music: Steve Edward Nelson
Lyrics: Walter E. “Jack” Rollins (English)

“Frosty the Snowman” is a popular Christmas song written by Walter E. “Jack” Rollins and Steve Edward Nelson. It was first recorded by the singing cowboy Gene Autry (Orvon Grover “Gene” Autry, 1907-1998) and the Cass County Boys in 1950. Besides “Frosty,” Autry had several other Christmas song hits, including “Here Comes Santa Claus,” which he wrote himself. A German version of “Frosty” was written by the German jazz musician and performer Götz Alsmann. (More below.)


A 1940s publicity photo of Gene Autry. PHOTO: Wikimedia Commons

Like some other songs about winter, “Frosty the Snowman” is considered a Christmas song, despite never referring to the holiday. Written in response to the success of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and originally entitled “Frosty the Snow Man,” Autry’s single sold two million copies. The clever story and lyrics by Rollins combined with the catchy melody by Nelson turned the song into a classic. The Rollins/Nelson team also created another musical holiday character: Peter Cottontail, who first hopped “down the bunny trail” for Easter of 1949.

To go along with this song, we have some “Frosty” books and CDs, and more about this song below. Also see the German version – with video.

“Frosty the Snowman” (original English lyrics)

Music: Steve Edward Nelson
Lyrics: Walter E. “Jack” Rollins

Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul,
With a corncob pipe and a button nose
And two eyes made out of coal.
Frosty the snowman is a fairy tale, they say,
He was made of snow but the children
Know how he came to life one day.

There must have been some magic in that
Old silk hat they found.
For when they placed it on his head
He began to dance around.
O, Frosty the snowman
Was alive as he could be,
And the children say he could laugh
And play just the same as you and me.

Frosty the snowman knew
The sun was hot that day,
So he said, “Let’s run and
We’ll have some fun
Now before I melt away.”
Down to the village,
With a broomstick in his hand,
Running here and there all
Around the square saying,
Catch me if you can.

He led them down the streets of town
Right to the traffic cop.
And he only paused a moment when
He heard him holler “Stop!”
For Frosty the snow man
Had to hurry on his way,
But he waved goodbye saying,
“Don’t you cry,
I’ll be back again some day.”*

Thumpety thump thump,
Thumpety thump thump,
Look at Frosty go.
Thumpety thump thump,
Thumpety thump thump,
Over the hills of snow.

*Some later versions of this song change this line to: “I’ll be back on Christmas Day.”

“Frosty, der Schneemann” (German lyrics)


Götz Alsmann’s Christmas albums (Vol. 1 & 2) are available as an audio CD or an MP3 download from Amazon.de.

The German version of “Frosty the Snowman” was written by the German jazz musician and performer Götz Alsmann (b. 1957 in Münster). Alsmann is known in Germany for his interpretations of American, French and other non-German music. He is a well-know radio and TV personality in Germany, and he has released many albums, including the 2014 CD “Götz Alsmann am Broadway.” He has produced two Christmas albums – Winterwunderwelt Vol. 1 (2006) and Winterwunderwelt Vol. 2 (2015) – with popular American and German carols. “Frosty, der Schneemann” is also available as an MP3 single from Amazon.de. MP3 download, no shipping required. See more album details below.

Also see a video version of this carol by Alsmann below.

Deutscher Text: Götz Alsmann
Lit. English translation – HF
Frosty der Schneemann
War ein fröhlicher Gesell
Seine Augen waren kohlenschwarz
Und die Nase möhrenhell
Frosty the Snowman
Was a jolly fellow
His eyes were coal black
And his nose carrot bright
Frosty der Schneemann
Mit Kartoffelknöpfen dran
War er mehr als nur eine Schneefigur
Ein Freund für jedermann
Frosty the Snowman
With potato buttons on him
He was more than just a snow figure
A friend for everyone.
Vielleicht lag’s am Zylinderhut
Der schon lang im Keller lag
Kaum setzen wir ihn Frosty auf
Tanzt er den ganzen Tag
Maybe it was the top hat
That lay so long in the cellar
Hardly had we put it on Frosty
He’s dancing all day
Frosty der Schneemann
Wie ein Wunder sah das aus
Und die Kinder lachten über ihn
Auf dem ganzen Weg nach Haus
Frosty the Snowman
Like a miracle it seemed
And the children laughed about him
All the way home
Frosty der Schneemann
Winkt mit seinem Besenarm
Kinder los, rief er
Bevor ich schmelz’
Denn dieser Tag wird warm
Frosty the Snowman
Waves with his broomstick arm
Children, let’s go, he shouted
Before I melt
For this day’s getting warm.
Frosty der Schneemann
Wollte Spaß so lang es ging
Und er lachte, und er hüpfte und
er sprang herum
So dass nicht ein Kind ihn fing
Frosty the Snowman
Wanted to have fun as long as possible
And he laughed, and he hopped and
he jumped around
So that not a child could catch him.
Er rannte bis zum Rathausplatz
Da war gar nichts dabei
Nur einmal kriegt er einen
riesengroßen Schreck
Oh oh, die Polizei!
He ran to the town hall square
There was nothing going on
Only once he gets a
really big scare
Oh oh, the police!
Frosty der Schneemann
Hatte leider nicht viel Glück
Denn es wurde warm und er zerfloss
Doch ich weiß er kommt zurück
Frosty the Snowman
Unfortunately hadn’t much luck
For it turned warm and he melted away
But I know he’ll return.
ORIGINAL: See the original English lyrics above.
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“Frosty” Books and CDs from Amazon.com

Below is a sampling of “Frosty” books and music available from Amazon.com and Amazon.de (Germany). Also see the Alsmann video below.

Book and CD

“Frosty the Snowman” Book and CD

The “Frosty the Snowman” Book and CD is a special children’s book edition that includes a CD recorded by Kenny Loggins. One of the most magical of all wintertime songs gets an enchanting interpretation in this charming new picture book/CD combination. Buy the book and CD from Amazon.com. Also available in other editions (hardcover, Kindle, etc.) – without a CD.

Audio CD 1: Winterwunderwelt, Vol. 1 from Amazon.de. Includes “Frosty der Schneemann” and 12 other songs: “Leise rieselt der Schnee” – “Kling Glöckchen klingelingeling” – “Lasst uns froh und munter sein” – “Süßer die Glocken nie klingen” – “Hei, hei, hei so eine Schneeballschlacht” – “Winterwunderwelt” – “Die Frau vom Nikolaus” – “Winter in Kanada” – “Der Weihnachtsmann” – “Der Weihnachtsumtausch” – “Eine Muh, eine Mäh, eine Tätärätätä”. Free shipping in Germany.

Audio CD 2: Winterwunderwelt, Vol. 2 from Amazon.de. Free shipping in Germany. Volume 2 titles: “Lass es schnei’n” (Let It Snow), “Morgen, Kinder, wird’s was geben.” “Viele Bunte Päckchen” (The Christmas Song), “O Du Fröhliche,” “Jingle-Bell Rock” (instrumental), “Still, still, still, weil’s Kindlein schlafen will,” “Hawaiianisches Weihnachtslied” (Mele Kalikimaka), “O Tannenbaum,” “Zwei Spuren im Schnee,” “The Christmas Blues (instrumental), “Fröhliche Weihnacht überall,” “Denn meine Liebe hält mich warm” (I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm), “Schneeflöckchen Weißröckchen'” “Weiße Weihnacht” (White Christmas), “Warm im Dezember” (Warm In December), “The Christmas Song” (instrumental).

VIDEO: “Frosty der Schneemann” von Götz Alsmann

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