‘The Sound of Music’ Film Lyrics

If you’re watching the film version of “The Sound of Music” for the umpteenth time, and want to sing along, this post is for you.

All of the songs from the original soundtrack are here in order. If there are problems, please send me an email. 

 

Original Soundtrack Release:

  1. Prelude and “The Sound of Music” – Orchestra and Maria
  2. Overture and Preludium (Dixit Dominus) – Orchestra and Nuns Chorus
  3. “Morning Hymn” and “Alleluia” – Nuns Chorus
  4. “Maria” – Nuns Chorus
  5. “I Have Confidence” – Maria
  6. “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” – Rolfe and Liesl
  7. “My Favorite Things” – Maria
  8. “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” – Mother Abbess
  9. “The Lonely Goatherd” – Maria and the Children
  10. “The Sound of Music” – The Children and the Captain
  11. “Do-Re-Mi” – Maria and the Children
  12. “Something Good” – Maria and the Captain
  13. “Processional and Maria” – Organ, Orchestra and Nuns Chorus
  14. “Edelweiss” – The Captain, Maria, the Children and Chorus
  15. “So Long, Farewell” – The Children
  16. “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” (reprise) – Chorus and Orchestra

The Sound of Music:

The hills are alive with the sound of music
With songs they have sung for a thousand years
The hills fill my heart with the sound of music
My heart wants to sing every song it hears
My heart wants to beat like the wings of the birds that rise from the lake to the trees

My heart wants to sigh like the chime that flies from a church on a breeze
To laugh like a brook as it trips and falls over stones on its way
To sing through the night like a lark who is learning to prey
I go to the hills when my heart is lonely
I know I will hear what I’ve heard before
My heart will be blessed with the sound of music
And I’ll sing once more

To laugh like a brook as it trips and falls over stones on its way
To sing through the night like a lark who is learning to prey
I go to the hills when my heart is lonely
I know I will hear what I’ve heard before
My heart will be blessed with the sound of music
And I’ll sing once more

Preludium (Dixit Dominus)

Dixit Dominus Domino meo
Sede a dextris meis
Donec ponan inimicos tuos
Scabelleum pedum tuorum
Dominus a dextris tuis
Confregit in die irae suae reges
De torrente in via bibet
Propterea in exaltabit caput
Gloria Patri, et Filio
Et Spiritui Sancto
Sicut erat in principio
Et nunc, et semper
Et in saecula saeculorum. Amen
Rex admirabilis
Et triumphator nobilis
Dulcedo ineffabilis, ineffabilis
Totus desiderabilis
Totus desiderabilis
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia

Maria

She climbs a tree and scrapes her knee,
Her dress has got a tear
She waltzes on her way to mass
and whistles on the stair
And underneath her wimple she has curlers in her hair
I even heard her singing in the abbey.

She’s always late for chapel
but her penitence is real.
She’s always late for everything,
except for every meal.
I hate to have to say it, but I very firmly feel:
Maria’s not an asset to the abbey.

I’d like to say a word in her behalf.
Maria makes me laugh.
How do you solve a problem like Maria?
How do you catch a cloud and pin it down?
How do you find the word that means Maria?
A flibbertijibbet! A will-o’-the wisp! A clown!

Many a thing you know you’d like to tell her
Many a thing she ought to understand
But how do you make her stay and listen to all you say
How do you keep a wave upon the sand?

Oh, how do you solve a problem like Maria?
How do you hold a moonbeam in your hand?

When I’m with her I’m confused, out of focus and bemused
And I never know exactly where I am
Unpredictable as weather, she’s as flighty as a feather
She’s a darling! She’s a demon! She’s a lamb!

She’d out pester any pest, drive a hornet from its nest
She could throw a whirling dervish out of whirl
She is gentle! She is wild! She’s a riddle! She’s a child!
She’s a headache! She’s an angel! She’s a girl!

How do you solve a problem like Maria?
How do you catch a cloud and pin it down?
How do you find the word that means Maria?
A flibbertijibbet! A will-o’-the wisp! A clown!

Many a thing you know you’d like to tell her
Many a thing she ought to understand
But how do you make her stay and listen to all you say
How do you keep a wave upon the sand?

Oh, how do you solve a problem like Maria?
How do you hold a moonbeam in your hand?

 
What will this day be like? I wonder.
What will my future be? I wonder.
It could be so exciting to be out in the world, to be free
My heart should be wildly rejoicing
Oh, what’s the matter with me?
 
I’ve always longed for adventure
To do the things I’ve never dared
Now here I’m facing adventure
Then why am I so scared
 
A captain with seven children
What’s so fearsome about that?
 
Oh, I must stop these doubts, all these worries
If I don’t I just know I’ll turn back
I must dream of the things I am seeking
I am seeking the courage I lack
 
The courage to serve them with reliance
Face my mistakes without defiance
Show them I’m worthy
And while I show them
I’ll show me
 
So, let them bring on all their problems
I’ll do better than my best
I have confidence they’ll put me to the test
But I’ll make them see I have confidence in me
 
Somehow I will impress them
I will be firm but kind
And all those children (Heaven bless them!)
They will look up to me
 
And mind me with each step I am more certain
Everything will turn out fine
I have confidence the world can all be mine
They’ll have to agree I have confidence in me
 
I have confidence in sunshine
I have confidence in rain
I have confidence that spring will come again
Besides which you see I have confidence in me
 
Strength doesn’t lie in numbers
Strength doesn’t lie in wealth
Strength lies in nights of peaceful slumbers
When you wake up — Wake Up!
 
It tells me all I trust I lead my heart to
All I trust becomes my own
I have confidence in confidence alone
(Oh help!)
 
I have confidence in confidence alone
Besides which you see I have confidence in me!
 
Sixteen Going on Seventeen
 
You wait, little girl, on an empty stage
For fate to turn the light on.
Your life, little girl, is an empty page
That men will want to write on.
(To write on.)
 
You are sixteen going on seventeen
Baby, it´s time to think.
Better beware, be canny and careful
Baby, you´re on the brink.
You are sixteen going on seventeen.
Fellows will fall in line.
Eager young lads and rogues and cads
Will offer you food and wine.
Totally unprepared are you
To face a world of men.
Timid and shy and scared are you
Of things beyond your ken.
You need someone older and wiser
Telling you what to do.
I am seventeen going on eighteen.
I´ll take care of you.
 
I am sixteen, going on seventeen.
I know that I´m naive.
Fellows I meet may tell me I´m sweet
And willingly I believe.
I am sixteen, going on seventeen.
Innocent as a rose.
Bachelor dandies, drinkers of brandies.
What do I know of those?
Totally unprepared am I
To face a world of men.
Timid and shy and scared am I
Of things beyond my ken.
I need someone older and wiser
Telling me what to do
You are seventeen going on eighteen
I´ll depend on you.
 
My Favorite Things
 
Raindrops on roses
And whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things.
 
Cream-colored ponies and crisp apple strudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells
And schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things.
 
Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver-white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things.
 
When the dog bites
When the bee stings
When I’m feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don’t feel so bad.
 
Climb Ev’ry Mountain

Climb every mountain,
Search high and low,
Follow every byway,
Every path you know.

Climb every mountain,
Ford every stream,
Follow every rainbow,
‘Till you find your dream.

A dream that will need
All the love you can give,
Every day of your life
For as long as you live.

Climb every mountain,
Ford every stream,
Follow every rainbow,
Till you find your dream

A dream that will need
All the love you can give,
Every day of your life,
For as long as you live.

The Lonely Goatherd

High on a hill was a lonely goatherd
Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo
Loud was the voice of the lonely goatherd
Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo
 
Folks in a town that was quite remote heard
Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo
Lusty and clear from the goatherd’s throat heard
Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo
 
O ho lay dee odl lee o, o ho lay dee odl ay
O ho lay dee odl lee o, lay dee odl lee o lay
 
A prince on the bridge of a castle moat heard
Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo
Men on a road with a load to tote heard
Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo
 
Men in the midst of a table d’hote heard
Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo
Men drinking beer with the foam afloat heard
Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo
 
One little girl in a pale pink coat heard
Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo
She yodeled back to the lonely goatherd
Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo
 
Soon her mama with a gleaming gloat heard
Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo
What a duet for a girl and goatherd
Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo
 
Ummm (ummm) . . .
Odl lay ee (odl lay ee)
Odl lay hee hee (odl lay hee hee)
Odl lay ee . . .
 
One little girl in a pale pink coat heard
Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hoo hoo
She yodeled back to the lonely goatherd
Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo
 
Soon her mama with a gleaming gloat heard
Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hmm hmm
What a duet for a girl and goatherd
Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo
 
Happy are they lay dee olay dee lee o . . .
Soon the duet will become a trio
Layee odl, layee odl layee-o
Ode lay-ee
Ode lay-ee
Ode lay-ee-ee
Ode lay-ee
Odllayee odllay
Odllayee odllay
Odllayee odllay
Odllayee odllayee odlayee odlayee odlay!
Wooo!
 
The Sound of Music
 
The hills are alive with the sound of music
With songs they have sung for a thousand years
The hills fill my heart with the sound of music
My heart wants to sing every song it hears

My heart wants to beat like the wings of the birds
That rise from the lake to the trees
My heart wants to sigh like a chime
That flies from a church on a breeze

I go to the hills when my heart is lonely
I know I will hear what I’ve heard before
My heart will be blessed with the sound of music
And I’ll sing once more

To laugh like a brook when it trips and falls
Over stones in its way
To sing through the night
Like a lark who is learning to pray

I go to the hills when my heart is lonely
I know I will hear what I heard before
My heart will be blessed with the sound of music
And I’ll sing once more
 
Do-Re-Mi
 
Let’s start at the very beginning
A very good place to start
When you read you begin with A-B-C
When you sing you begin with do-re-mi
Do-re-mi, do-re-mi

The first three notes just happen to be
Do-re-mi, do-re-mi
Do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti
 
Oh let’s see if I can make it easier
Doe, a deer, a female deer
Ray, a drop of golden sun
Me, a name I call myself
Far, a long, long way to run
Sew, a needle pulling thread
La, a note to follow Sew
Tea, a drink with jam and bread
That will bring us back to Do (oh-oh-oh)
 
Doe, a deer, a female deer
Ray, a drop of golden sun
Me, a name I call myself
Far, a long, long way to run
Sew, a needle pulling thread
La, a note to follow Sew
Tea, a drink with jam and bread
 
That will bring us back to…
Doe, a deer, a female deer
Ray, a drop of golden sun
Me, a name I call myself
Far, a long, long way to run
Sew, a needle pulling thread
La, a note to follow Sew
Tea, a drink with jam and bread
That will bring us back to Do
Do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti-do
So-do!
 
Now children, do-re-mi-fa-so and so on
are only the tools we use to build a song
Once you have these notes in your heads
you can sing a million different tunes by mixing them up
Like this:
 
So Do La Fa Mi Do Re
Can you do that?
So Do La Fa Mi Do Re
So Do La Ti Do Re Do
So Do La Ti Do Re Do
 
Now, put it all together
So Do La Fa Mi Do Re, So Do La Ti Do Re Do
Good!
 
But it doesn’t mean anything
So we put in words
One word for every note
Like this:
 
When you know the notes to sing
You can sing most anything
 
Together!
When you know the notes to sing
You can sing most anything
 
Doe, a deer, a female deer
Ray, a drop of golden sun
Me, a name I call myself
Far, a long, long way to run
Sew, a needle pulling thread
La, a note to follow Sew
Tea, a drink with jam and bread
That will bring us back to Do
Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do
Do Ti La So Fa Mi Re
Do Mi Mi
Mi So So
Re Fa Fa
La Ti Ti
 
When you know the notes to sing
You can sing most anything
Doe, a deer, a female deer
Ray, a drop of golden sun
Me, a name I call myself
Far, a long, long way to run
Sew, a needle pulling thread
La, a note to follow Sew
Tea, a drink with jam and bread
 
That will bring us back to
So Do
La Fa 
Mi Do Re
Fa
So Do
La Fa
Ti
Do So
Mi Fa
Mi Re
Ti Do
oh oh
So Do
 
 
Something Good
 
Perhaps I had a wicked childhood
Perhaps I had a miserable youth
But somewhere in my wicked, miserable past
There must have been a moment of truth
 
For here you are, standing there, loving me
Whether or not you should
So somewhere in my youth or childhood
I must have done something good
 
Nothing comes from nothing
Nothing ever could
So somewhere in my youth or childhood
I must have done something good
 
For here you are standing there, loving me
Whether or not you should
So somewhere in my youth or childhood
I must have done something good
 
Nothing comes from nothing
Nothing ever could
So somewhere in my youth
Or childhood
I must have done something
Something good
 
Processional and Maria
 
How do you solve a problem like Maria?
How do you catch a cloud and pin it down?
How do you find a word that means Maria?
A flibbertigibbet
A will-o’-the wisp A Clown
Many a thing you know you’d like to tell her
Many a thing she’d ought to understand
But how do you make her stay and listen to all you say?
How do you keep a wave upon the sand?
Oh, how do you solve a problem like Maria?
How do you hold a moonbeam in your hand?
 
So Long, Farewell
 
There’s a sad sort of clanging from the clock in the hall
And the bells in the steeple too
And up in the nursery an absurd little bird
Is popping out to say “cuckoo”
Cuckoo, cuckoo
Regretfully they tell us Cuckoo, cuckoo
But firmly they compel us Cuckoo, cuckoo
To say goodbye
Cuckoo!
To you
 
So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, good night
I hate to go and leave this pretty sight
 
So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, adieu
Adieu, adieu, to yieu and yieu and yieu
 
So long, farewell, au revoir, auf wiedersehen
I’d like to stay and taste my first champagne
 
So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye
I leave and heave a sigh and say goodbye
Goodbye!

I’m glad to go, I cannot tell a lie
I flit, I float, I fleetly flee, I fly

The sun has gone to bed and so must I
So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye
Goodbye!
 

Sixteen Going On Seventeen (Maria And Liesl)

Maria:
You are sixteen going on seventeen
Waiting for life to start
Somebody kind who touches your mind
Will suddenly touch your heart

Liesl:
When that happens, after it happens
Nothing is quite the same
Somehow I know I’ll jump up and go
If ever he calls my name

Maria:
Gone are your old ideas of life
The old ideas grow dim
Lo and behold you’re someone’s wife
And you belong to him

You may think this kind of adventure
Never may come to you
Darling sixteen going on seventeen
Wait a year. ..

Liesl:
I’ll wait a year. ..

Maria:
Just wait a year. ..

Maria and Liesl:
Or two
 
Edelweiss
 
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, 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
 
Climb Ev’ry Mountain (reprise)
 
A dream that will need
All the love you can give
Every day of your life
For as long as you live
Climb every mountain
Ford every stream
Follow every rainbow
Till you find your dream
 

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