"Aluminum, Aluminum"--to the tune of "O Tannenbaum"




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Published on Dec 20, 2015

From 1999 to 2011, when I served first as accompanist and then as conductor for the Alcoa SIngers--the choir for employees of the Alcoa Aluminum Company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania--we liked to sing this song during our Christmas concerts. It always made people smile.

I decided to make this recording (my own three-part arrangement for men's voices) & video for Christmas 2015, especially for my friends who remember neighbors & family who set up aluminum Christmas trees in their homes, like my Aunt Joan & Uncle Frank.

The words to this song, I understand, were written by Pittsburgh's Flashcats.

Aluminum, aluminum, my Christmas tree is metal.
Aluminum, aluminum, which makes it kind of special.
It rotates on a turning base, like something NASA put in space.
Aluminum, aluminum, I love its silver branches.

Aluminum, aluminum, my Christmas tree is foil.
Aluminum, aluminum, it never needed soil.
So what if my tree's not of steel? It's lit up with a color wheel.
Aluminum, aluminum, Alcoa made the branches.


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