Ding Dong Merrily On High chords & lyrics

by Celtic Woman

  • Ding Dong Merrily On High: Traditional French secular dance tune
  • Lyrics: George Ratcliffe Woodward (1848 - 1934)
  • Performance: Celtic Woman from the album A Christmas Celebration
  • Music: Key of A Major in 4/4 time at 104 bpm (♩)
  • Chords: A, Asus4, Asus2, D, F#m, Bm, E, E7

Ding Dong Merrily On High by Celtic Woman

Intro: 4/4 
  | A              |  D  - A         | F#m - E       |
   Ding Dong Dong___ Ding Dong Dong___ Ding Dong Dong
  | A              |  D  - A         | F#m - E       |
   Ding Dong Dong___ Ding Dong Dong___ Ding Dong Dong

    A         E            A           D         E7        A
1. Ding dong mer-ri-ly on high___ In heav'n the bells are ring-ing
    A         E            A         D         E7       A     |  A            |
   Ding dong ver-i-ly the sky___ Is riv'n with an-gel sing-ing (Ding Dong Dong)
    A    Bm  A   E  F#m  E7                D     E       A
   Glo...o...o...o...o...o – r i- a___ Ho-san-na in ex-cel-sis
    A    Bm  A   E  F#m  E7                D     E       A
   Glo...o...o...o...o...o – r i- a___ Ho-san-na in ex-cel-sis

Instr: |   A   -   Asus4   |  Asus4   /   /   A  |

    A       E              A           D       E7       A
2. E'en so here be-low be-low___ Let stee-ple bells be swung-en
    A     E         A          D        E7       A
   And "I-o  i-o  i-o"___ By priest and peo-ple sung-en
    A    Bm  A   E  F#m  E7                D     E      A
   Glo...o...o...o...o...o – r i- a___ Ho-san-na in ex-cel-sis
    A    Bm  A   E  F#m  E7                D     E      A
   Glo...o...o...o...o...o – r i- a___ Ho-san-na in ex-cel-sis

    A        E             A           D       E7       A
3. Pray you dut-i-ful-ly prime___ Your ma-tin chime ye ring-ers
    A        E             A            D        E7      A
   May you beaut-i-ful-ly rime___ Your eve-time song ye sing-ers
    A    Bm  A   E  F#m  E7                D     E      A
   Glo...o...o...o...o...o – r i- a___ Ho-san-na in ex-cel-sis
    A    Bm  A   E  F#m  E7                D     E      A
   Glo...o...o...o...o...o – r i- a___ Ho-san-na in ex-cel-sis

Instr: |  A  |  Asus4  | Asus2  /  Asus4  A  |  Asus4  /  Asus4  -  A   Asus2  |
              
       | Asus2 - Asus4 | Asus4 -  A | Asus2 - Asus4 | Asus4 / Asus4 - A  Asus2 |

     A    Bm     E     E7     E      E7     E      E7
   Glor-i-a___  Glor-i-a___  Glo-r-i-a___  Glo-r-i-a 

     A   D            A    D           F#m - E               D     E      A
   Ding Dong Dong___ Ding Dong Dong___ Ding Dong Dong___ Ho-san-na in ex-cel-sis

    A    Bm  A   E  F#m  E7                D     E      A
   Glo...o...o...o...o...o – r i- a___ Ho-san-na in ex-cel-sis
    A    Bm  A   E  F#m  E7                D     E      A
   Glo...o...o...o...o...o – r i- a___ Ho-san-na in ex-cel-sis

A Major

Numbered Circles: Chord fingering - number inside circle indicates which finger to use
White Numbered Circles: Optional Notes
Unmarked strings: Play open
X: Don't play string
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings
R: Root Note

Right Handed Charts:

Left Handed Charts:

Notes

  • This song is fairly easy to play although the fast chord changes in the Instrumental section may prove a little quick for beginners... you can simply play an 'A' chord over the Instrumental.
  • Some barre chords are required depending on how you play the Bm, and F#m is a very easy barre chord to play.
  • The chord changes in the verses during the 'Gloria' part look a bit hard, but due to the tempo of the song, there is plenty of time to make the changes.
  • The hyphen between 2 chords means the beat count for the bar is split evenly betweeen the 2 chords e.g., | A - Asus4 | in a 4/4 time signature means you play the A chord for 2 beats and the Asus4 chord for 2 beats.
  • The simile mark / means you repeat the previous chord, e.g., | Asus2 / Asus4 A | means you play Asus2 for 2 beats, Asus4 for 1 beat and A for 1 beat.
  • During the Instrumental, the timing may seem a little confusing, but if you count and play it out slowly, you will soon get the hang of it. We will break down the most difficult bar...
| Asus4  /  Asus4-A  Asus2 |... Its always best in these situations to count the bar as | 1& 2& 3& 4& |
1& = Asus4, 2&
(/) = Asus4
3& = Asus4 on the 3 and A on the &
4& = A sus2.

Note that the Asus4 - A is on the 3rd beat of the bar (3&) with the timing count of that beat split evenly between the Asus4 and the A.
  • The tempo is set at 104 bpm in quarter-note/crotchet time (♩) ... beat sounds on every quarter-note if you are using a metronome or click track.
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