Jingle Bells chords & lyrics

by Jim Reeves

  • Jingle Bells - Writer: James Lord Pierpont: (1857)
  • Original Key: G Major
  • First Published: 1857 - It was titled 'One Horse Open Sleigh', and was originally written as a song for Thanksgiving.
  • First Recorded: 1898 on an Edison Cylinder (phonograph), by the Edison Male Quartette.
  • Featured Artist: Jim Reeves from the album 12 Songs Of Christmas.
  • Music: Key of C Major in 2/2 time at 95 bpm (♩)
  • Chords: C, C7, F, G, G7, Dm, D7

Jingle Bells by Jim Reeves

              F                         G  - Dm      G  - G7
Intro: 2/4 | Jing-a-ling-a-ling |  %  | Ah - Ah   |  Ah - Ah  |
              F                         G  - Dm      G  - G7
           | Jing-a-ling-a-ling |  %  | Ah - Ah   |  Ah - Ah  |
           
    C                                                  F
1. Dash-ing through the snow___ In a one-horse o-pen sleigh
    Dm                G7                       C
   O’er the fields we go___ Laugh-ing all the way
                                                F
   Bells on bob-tail ring___ Mak-ing spi-rits bright
        Dm            G                   G7                 C
   What fun it is to ride and sing___ A sleigh-ing song to-night
   
         C                                             C7
Chorus: Jin-gle Bells Jin-gle Bells___ Jin-gle all the way
        F              C                  D7                     G7
        Oh what fun it is to ride___ In a one-horse o-pen sleigh eh!
         C                                             C7
        Jin-gle Bells Jin-gle Bells___ Jin-gle all the way
        F              C                  G7                C
        Oh what fun it is to ride___ In a one-horse o-pen sleigh

          F                         G  - Dm      G  - G7
Instr: | Jing-a-ling-a-ling |  %  | Ah - Ah   |  Ah - Ah  |
          F                         G  - Dm      G  - G7
       | Jing-a-ling-a-ling |  %  | Ah - Ah   |  Ah - Ah  |
       
    C                                                 F 
2. Now the ground is white___ So go it while you're young
    Dm                G7                                C
   Take the girls to-night___ And sing this sleigh-ing song
                                                     F
   Just get a bob-tailed nag___ Two-for-ty for his speed
         Dm             G                    G7                     C
   Then hitch him to an o-pen sleigh___ And crack! you'll take the lead

         C                                             C7
Chorus: Jin-gle Bells Jin-gle Bells___ Jin-gle all the way
        F              C                  D7                     G7
        Oh what fun it is to ride___ In a one-horse o-pen sleigh eh!
         C                                             C7
        Jin-gle Bells Jin-gle Bells___ Jin-gle all the way                  Fermata Symbol 
        F              C                  G7             |  C  |  F |  G  |  C  |
        Oh what fun it is to ride___ In a one-horse o-pen sleigh

C Major

Numbered Circles: Chord fingering - number inside circle indicates which finger to use
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:

Christmas Bells
  • Song Key: C Major - no sharps or flats
  • 2/4 Time: This represents 2 quarter-note or crotchet beats per bar. Each bar can be counted as | 1 2 | or | 1& 2& | etc.
  • 95 bpm (♩) - beat sounds on every quarter-note if you are using a metronome or click track.
  • This song is very simple to play although the fast chord changes in the Intro and Instrumental sections may prove a little quick for beginners... you can hold the G chord over the | Ah - Ah | bits if you like, just till you are able to play them in time.
  • | G - Dm | in 2/4 time means you play the G chord for 1 beat and the Dm chord for 1 beat. The hyphen splits the bar in half with equal beat counts between the 2 chords.
  • Fermata represents a 'fermata' symbol, commonly known as a pause symbol. At the end of the song, you strum the C chord and hold... let it ring out.
  • These tips relate to the video on this page. If you don't play along with the video, you can play the song in a more 'straight-forward' fashion without all the added bits in the instrumental sections... beginners will also find it a lot easier to play.
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