Do You Hear What I Hear chords

by Órla Fallon & Méav Ní Mhaolchath

Do You Hear What I Hear Music & Lyrics: Noel Regney & Gloria Shayne
Performance: Órla Fallon & Méav Ní Mhaolchath from the album Orla Fallon's Celtic Christmas
Music: 3 key signatures (B♭, C and D Major) with 2 key changes in 4/4 time at 86 bpm (♩)
Song Chords: B♭, G, A, Am, Am7, D, Dm, Dm7, F, Em, E, E7, C
Orla Fallon & Méav Ní Mhaolchath

Do You Hear What I Hear by Orla & Méav

Intro: 4/4                                  (hold)
         |   Bb   |       |       |       |   Bb   |

             Bb               Fm7      Bb
1. Said the night wind to the lit-tle lamb

   Do you see what I see
   Bb                 Fm7      Bb
   Way up in the sky  lit-tle lamb

   Do you see what I see
      Gm                Dm
   A star___ A star___ Danc-ing in the night
           Eb      F        D              
   With a tail as big as a kite
           Eb      F     | Bb  /  / Fm7  |  Bb  |
   With a tail as big as a kite

            Bb                  Fm7       Bb
2. Said the lit-tle lamb to the shep-herd boy

   Do you hear what I hear____(Do you hear what I hear)
    Bb                      Fm7       Bb
   Ring-ing through the sky shep-herd boy

   Do you hear what I hear___ (Do you hear what I hear)
      Gm                Dm 
   A song___ A song___ High a-bove the trees
           Eb       F          D            
   With a voice as big as the sea___ 
           Eb       F         Bb     | C  / / Gm7  |  C  |
   With a voice as big as the sea...   (key change)

             C                    Gm7     C
3. Said the shep-herd boy to the might-y king

   Do you know what I know___ (Do you know what I know)
   C                     Gm7     C
   In your pal-ace wall might-y king
   
   Do you know what I know___ (Do you know what I know)
      Am                  Em
   A child___ A child___ Shiv-ers in the cold
            F        G           E
   Let us bring him sil-ver and gold___ 
            F        G           C    |    C    | 
   Let us bring him sil-ver and gold          ...(key change)

             D                  Am7      D
4. Said the king to the peo-ple ev-‘ry-where

   Listen to what I say___ (Listen to what I say)
    D                    Am7      D
   Pray for peace people ev-‘ry-where

   Listen to what I say___ (Listen to what I say)
        Bm                     F#m
   The child___ The child____ Sleep-ing in the night
             G       A             F#      (rit. / slow down)
   He will bring us good-ness and light___        
             G       A           |  D  / / Am7  |  D  | D  / / Am7  |  D  |
   He will bring us good-ness and light                                Pause

Bb Major → C Major → D Major

Red Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4: Fingers/Notes 
Unmarked strings: play open
x: don't play string
alt: alternative chord voicing

 Right Handed Chord Tabs  

         Bb               Fm7              Gm               Gm7               Dm              Eb
   e|-1-|---|---|   e|-1-|---|---|   e|-1-|---|---|   e|-1-|---|---|   e|-1-|---|---|   e|-1-|---|---|
   B|-1-|---|-4-|   B|-1-|---|---|   B|-1-|---|---|   B|-1-|---|---|   B|---|---|-3-|   B|-1-|---|-4-|
   G|-1-|---|-3-|   G|-1-|---|---|   G|-1-|---|---|   G|-1-|---|---|   G|---|-2-|---|   G|-1-|---|-3-|
   D|-1-|---|-2-|   D|-1-|---|---|   D|-1-|---|-4-|   D|-1-|---|---|   D|---|---|---|   D|-1-|---|-2-|
   A|-1-|---|---|   A|-1-|---|-3-|   A|-1-|---|-3-|   A|-1-|---|-3-|   A|---|---|---|x  A|-1-|---|---|
   E|---|---|---|x  E|-1-|---|---|   E|-1-|---|---|   E|-1-|---|---|   E|---|---|---|x  E|---|---|---|x
Frets 1   2   3        1   2   3        3   4   5        1   2   3        1   2   3        6   7   8 

         C                Gm7              Am               Am7              Em                F
   e|---|---|---|   e|-1-|---|---|   e|---|---|---|   e|---|---|---|   e|---|---|---|   e|-1-|---|---|
   B|-1-|---|---|   B|-1-|---|---|   B|-1-|---|---|   B|-1-|---|---|   B|---|---|---|   B|-1-|---|---|
   G|---|---|---|   G|-1-|---|---|   G|---|-3-|---|   G|---|---|---|   G|---|---|---|   G|-1-|-2-|---|
   D|---|-2-|---|   D|-1-|---|---|   D|---|-2-|---|   D|---|-2-|---|   D|---|-2-|---|   D|-1-|---|-4-|
   A|---|---|-3-|   A|-1-|---|-3-|   A|---|---|---|   A|---|---|---|   A|---|-1-|---|   A|-1-|---|-3-|
   E|---|---|---|x  E|-1-|---|---|   E|---|---|---|x  E|---|---|---|x  E|---|---|---|   E|-1-|---|---| 
Frets 1   2   3        3   4   5        1   2   3        1   2   3        1   2   3        1   2   3 

          D                G               Bm               F#m               A               F#
   e|---|-2-|---|   e|---|---|-3-|   e|-1-|---|---|   e|-1-|---|---|   e|---|---|---|   e|-1-|---|---|
   B|---|---|-3-|   B|---|---|---|   B|-1-|-2-|---|   B|-1-|---|---|   B|---|-3-|---|   B|-1-|---|---|
   G|---|-1-|---|   G|---|---|---|   G|-1-|---|-4-|   G|-1-|---|---|   G|---|-2-|---|   G|-1-|-2-|---|
   D|---|---|---|   D|---|---|---|   D|-1-|---|-3-|   D|-1-|---|-4-|   D|---|-1-|---|   D|-1-|---|-4-|
   A|---|---|---|   A|---|-1-|---|   A|-1-|---|---|   A|-1-|---|-3-|   A|---|---|---|   A|-1-|---|-3-|
   E|---|---|---|   E|---|---|-2-|   E|---|---|---|x  E|-1-|---|---|   E|---|---|---|x  E|-1-|---|---| 
Frets 1   2   3        1   2   3        2   3   4        2   3   4        1   2   3        2   3   4 

Left-Handed Chord Tabs 
      Bb               Fm7              Gm               Gm7               Dm              Eb
 |---|---|-1-|e   |---|---|-1-|e   |---|---|-1-|e   |---|---|-1-|e   |---|---|-1-|e   |---|---|-1-|e
 |-4-|---|-1-|B   |---|---|-1-|B   |---|---|-1-|B   |---|---|-1-|B   |-3-|---|---|B   |-4-|---|-1-|B
 |-3-|---|-1-|G   |---|---|-1-|G   |---|---|-1-|G   |---|---|-1-|G   |---|-2-|---|G   |-3-|---|-1-|G
 |-2-|---|-1-|D   |---|---|-1-|D   |-4-|---|-1-|D   |---|---|-1-|D   |---|---|---|D   |-2-|---|-1-|D
 |---|---|-1-|A   |-3-|---|-1-|A   |-3-|---|-1-|A   |-3-|---|-1-|A  x|---|---|---|A   |---|---|-1-|A
x|---|---|---|E   |---|---|-1-|E   |---|---|-1-|E   |---|---|-1-|E  x|---|---|---|E  x|---|---|---|E
   3   2   1        3   2   1        5   4   3        5   4   3        3   2   1        8   7   6  Frets

       C               Gm7              Am               Am7              Em                F
 |---|---|---|e   |---|---|-1-|e   |---|---|---|e   |---|---|---|e   |---|---|---|e   |---|---|-1-|e
 |---|---|-1-|B   |---|---|-1-|B   |---|---|-1-|B   |---|---|-1-|B   |---|---|---|B   |---|---|-1-|B
 |---|---|---|G   |---|---|-1-|G   |---|-3-|---|G   |---|---|---|G   |---|---|---|G   |---|-2-|-1-|G
 |---|-2-|---|D   |---|---|-1-|D   |---|-2-|---|D   |---|-2-|---|D   |---|-2-|---|D   |-4-|---|-1-|D
 |-e-|---|---|A   |-3-|---|-1-|A   |---|---|---|A   |---|---|---|A   |---|-1-|---|A   |-3-|---|-1-|A
x|---|---|---|E   |---|---|-1-|E  x|---|---|---|E  x|---|---|---|E   |---|---|---|E   |---|---|-1-|E
   3   2   1        5   4   3        3   2   1        3   2   1        3   2   1        3   2   1  Frets
 
       D                G               Bm               F#m               A               F#
 |---|-2-|---|e   |-3-|---|---|e   |---|---|-1-|e   |---|---|-1-|e   |---|---|---|e   |---|---|-1-|e
 |-3-|---|---|B   |---|---|---|B   |---|-2-|-1-|B   |---|---|-1-|B   |---|-3-|---|B   |---|---|-1-|B
 |---|-1-|---|G   |---|---|---|G   |-4-|---|-1-|G   |---|---|-1-|G   |---|-2-|---|G   |---|-2-|-1-|G
 |---|---|---|D   |---|---|---|D   |-3-|---|-1-|D   |-4-|---|-1-|D   |---|-1-|---|D   |-4-|---|-1-|D
 |---|---|---|A   |---|-1-|---|A   |---|---|-1-|A   |-3-|---|-1-|A   |---|---|---|A   |-3-|---|-1-|A
 |---|---|---|E   |-2-|---|---|E  x|---|---|---|E   |---|---|-1-|E  x|---|---|---|E   |---|---|-1-|E
   3   2   1        3   2   1        4   3   2        4   3   2        3   2   1        4   3   2  Frets 

Notes

Because the song has 2 key changes, there is no way of avoiding barre chords for this version. The good news is the barre chords get easier as the song progresses!

Beginners may want to avoid this version. There is a much easier version of the song on the Christmas Carols page. It uses only 1 barre chord which is very easy to play.

bpm - beats per minute

rit. is an abbreviation for ritardando which means to slow down.

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