'Jingle Bells' Chords

Learn Christmas Songs on Guitar

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 Jingle Bells

Chords Used: C | F | G7 | D7 | C7

C                                             F 
Dashing through the snow, in a one-horse open sleigh, 
                   G7                   C 
O'er the fields we go, laughing all the way, 
C                                      F 
Bells on bobtails ring, making spirits bright, 
                  G7                               C 
What fun it is to ride and sing a sleighing song tonight, oh 

Chorus: 
C                                          C7 
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way, 
F              C               D7             G7       
Oh what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh, hey, 
C                                          C7 
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way, 
F              C               G7             C 
Oh what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh.

Additional Verses: 
A day or two ago, 
I thought I'd take a ride, 
And soon Miss Fanny Bright 
Was seated by my side; 
The horse was lean and lank; 
Misfortune seemed his lot; 
He got into a drifted bank, 
And we, we got upsot. 

A day or two ago, 
the story I must tell 
I went out on the snow 
And on my back I fell; 
A gent was riding by 
In a one-horse open sleigh, 
He laughed as there 
I sprawling lie, 
But quickly drove away. 

Now the ground is white 
Go it while you're young, 
Take the girls tonight 
And sing this sleighing song; 
Just get a bob-tailed bay 
two-forty as his speed 
Hitch him to an open sleigh 
And crack! you'll take the lead.

 

A History of Jingle Bells

The classic Christmas song "Jingle Bells" was written in 1857 by New England born composer James Lord Pierpont. If you pay attention to the lyrics, you'll notice a lack of specific references to Christmas - the song was actually written as a celebration of Thanksgiving.

The carol has the distinction of being the first song broadcast from outer space - on December 16, 1965 astronauts on the Gemini 6 played a version of the song to Mission Control using a smuggled harmonica and sleigh bells.

Jingle Bells is public domain, making it freely available for recording and printing.