Deck The Halls chords & lyrics

by Julien Neel

  • Deck The Halls: Traditional Welsh Melody dating back to the 16th century.
  • Original Published Key: E♭ Major (3 flats - B♭ E♭ A♭)
  • Performance: Julien Neel (Trudbol) from his album Christmas Time - Vol 2
  • Music: Key of F Major in 4/4 time at 184 bpm (♩) or 92 bpm (Minim)
  • Easier - Capo on 3rd fret: play in D Major
  • Chords with Capo: D, Bm, A, E , G

Deck The Halls by Julien Neel

Capo on 3rd fret if playing with video

Intro: 4/4 

   D                    Bm        D        A           D           A  D
1. Deck the halls with boughs of hol-ly___ Fa la la la la___ La la la la
    D              Bm     D        A           D           A  D
  'Tis the sea-son to be jol-ly___ Fa la la la la___ La la la la
    A              D     A         D           E           A  E  A
   Don we now our gay ap-pa-rel___ Fa la la___ La la la___ La la la
     D                 Bm        D        G           D           A  D
   Troll the an-cient Yule-tide car-ol___ Fa la la la la___ La la la la
      

    D                Bm      D         A           D           A  D
2. See the blaz-ing Yule be-fore us___ Fa la la la la___ La la la la
     D                  Bm       D         A           D           A  D
   Strike the harp and join the chor-us___ Fa la la la la___ La la la la
    A             D      A          D           E           A  E  A
   Fol-low me in mer-ry meas-ure___ Fa la la___ La la la___ La la la
     D              Bm         D          G           D           A  D
   While I tell of Yule-tide treas-ure___ Fa la la la la___ La la la la


    D             Bm        D         A           D           A  D
3. Fast a-way the old year pas-ses___ Fa la la la la___ La la la la
    D               Bm       D         A           D        A     D
   Hail the new ye lads and las-ses___ Fa la la la la___ La la la la
    A               D     A          D           E           A  E  A
   Sing we joy-ous all to-ge-ther___ Fa la la___ La la la___ La la la
    D                Bm       D          G           D           A  D
   Heed-less of the wind and wea-ther___ Fa la la la la___ La la la la

F Major

Fingers 1, 2, 3, 4 : Notes played
A column of 1's: Barre 1st finger over marked strings
Unmarked strings: Play open 
x: Don't play string

Right-Handed Chord Tabs   
            D                   A                   E                   G                    Bm
    e |---|-2-|---|     e |---|---|---|     e |---|---|---|     e |---|---|-3-|     e |---|-1-|---|---|
    B |---|---|-3-|     B |---|-3-|---|     B |---|---|---|     B |---|---|---|     B |---|-1-|-2-|---|
    G |---|-1-|---|     G |---|-2-|---|     G |-1-|---|---|     G |---|---|---|     G |---|-1-|---|-4-|
    D |---|---|---|     D |---|-1-|---|     D |---|-3-|---|     D |---|---|---|     D |---|-1-|---|-3-|
    A |---|---|---|x    A |---|---|---|     A |---|-2-|---|     A |---|-1-|---|     A |---|-1-|---|---|
    E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|---|     E |---|---|-2-|     E |---|---|---|---|x
Frets   1   2   3           1   2   3           1   2   3           1   2   3           1   2   3   4 


Left-Handed Chord Tabs 
            D                   A                   E                   G                    Bm
      |---|-2-|---| e     |---|---|---| e     |---|---|---| e     |-3-|---|---| e     |---|---|-1-|---| e
      |-3-|---|---| B     |---|-3-|---| B     |---|---|---| B     |---|---|---| B     |---|-2-|-1-|---| B
      |---|-1-|---| G     |---|-2-|---| G     |---|---|-1-| G     |---|---|---| G     |-4-|---|-1-|---| G
      |---|---|---| D     |---|-1-|---| D     |---|-3-|---| D     |---|---|---| D     |-3-|---|-1-|---| D
     x|---|---|---| A     |---|---|---| A     |---|-2-|---| A     |---|-1-|---| A     |---|---|-1-|---| A
     x|---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E     |---|---|---| E     |-2-|---|---| E    x|---|---|---|---| E
        3   2   1           3   2   1           3   2   1           3   2   1           4   3   2   1   Frets     
  

Notes

  • This version is in the key of F Major which means you would have a B♭ chord in the mix. I have placed a capo on the 3rd fret and play in the key of D Major which may still require a barre chord depending how you play the Bm.

    The Bm can be played as a barre chord like the chart above suggests or it can be played as an open chord - xx4432.

    Beginners that haven't learned barre chords - pretend you are playing an Am chord on frets 3 and 4 using fingers 2,3, and 4, adding your first finger to string 1 - fret 2, and don't play the bottom 2 strings.
  • The 'X' marked strings should be avoided otherwise the chord may sound pretty ordinary - the note or notes are not part of the chord structure .
  • The performance is 'a capella' which means singing without musical accompaniment. Although there are no instruments, you can still play along very easily.
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