“Now we are tall, and Christmas trees are small…”

First Of May – Bee Gees (1969) FLAC Remaster HD Video

A Merry Christmas to all us music fans everywhere; God bless us, every one!” 😉

“First Of May” was released on the Bee Gees’ sixth studio album, Odessa, in March 1969.

This wasn’t the Christmas video I was working to finish for this year, but when I realized that that one wouldn’t make it on time, I decided to jump in and give “First Of May” a quick workup.

“First Of May” is a beautiful track from on of my favorite albums of the 60’s. I’m also a huge fan of The Brothers Gibb and although I’ve started a few vids for some of their songs, this is the first one I’ve finished. Just a word to those who may not realize the amazing talent The Bee Gees possessed….they were true masters at writing, production….and yeah, they could even sing passably well ;-)…..if you haven’t really listened to the Bee Gees without disco prejudice! LOL! you are seriously missing out….they were way more than Saturday Night Fever (I’m proud to say I love all their work, from their stuff in the 60’s until their very last album. Wow….seems like not that long ago I was spinning Here At Last…and only yesterday that I was picking up One Night Only on DVD! Peace to them all….thanks guys for the great music and times…..we love ya still Barry! 🙂

Odessa was the group’s fourth album released internationally, and their only studio double LP. Odessa would be the final album for the band’s original incarnation, and this was the last album to feature guitarist Vince Melouney. Robin Gibb would leave the band over personal and artistic differences with brother Barry Gibb. Odessa is noted in Robert Dimery’s book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. The album contains “First of May”, “Lamplight”, “Marley Purt Drive” and “Melody Fair”.

Odessa was intended as a concept album in the vein of other albums by British bands at the time such as the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Pretty Things’ SF Sorrow and The Moody Blues’ Days of Future Passed.

[Lyrics]
When I was small, and Christmas trees were tall,
We used to love while others used to play.
Don’t ask me why, but time has passed us by,
Some one else moved in from far away.

[Chorus]
Now we are tall, and Christmas trees are small,
And you don’t ask the time of day.
But you and I, our love will never die,
But guess we’ll cry come first of May.

The apple tree that grew for you and me,
I watched the apples falling one by one.
And I recall the moment of them all,
The day I kissed your cheek and you were mine.

[Chorus]

When I was small, and Christmas trees were tall,
Do do do do do do do do do,
Don’t ask me why, but time has passed us by,
Some one else moved in from far away.

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