O Holy Night chords & lyrics

by Celtic Woman

Xmas Bells Song Details

Words: Johnn Sullivan Dwight       Music: Adolphe Charles Adam
Featured Artists: Celtic Woman from the album A Christmas Celebration
Music: Key of C Major in 12/8 time at ~ 56 bpm (♩)
Song Chords: C, C7, F, G, G7, Em, B7, Am, Dm
  • C: x32010
  • C7: x32310
  • F: xx3211
  • F: 133211 (B)
  • G: 320003
  • Em: 022000
  • B7: x21202
  • Am: x02210
  • Dm: x00231
  • G7: 320001

Charts

O Holy Night by Celtic Woman

Intro: 12/8 ||  C   /   /   F  |   C   /   /   F  ||

   C                      F                  C
1. O Ho-ly night___ The stars are bright-ly shin-ing
                           G                C
   It is the night of our dear Sav-iour's birth
                             F             C  C7
   Long lay the world___ In sin and error pin-ing
                Em            B7            Em
   Till He ap-peared and the Soul felt its worth
       G7                   C                                      
   A thrill of hope___ The wear-y world re-joi-ces
        G7                  C
   For yon-der breaks___ A new and glor-i-ous morn
    Am           Em          Dm              Am
   Fall on your knees___ Oh hear the an-gel voic-es
     C     G7      C     F    C    G7                 C
   O ni - ight di-vine___ O night___ When Christ was born 
      G7          C     F    C    G7           (C)
   O night___ Di-vine___ O night___ O night di-vine


Instr: || C   F  G  / | C  / G7  / |  C  F  G  / |  C  / G7 / ||
        (vine)

     C                                F            C   C7
2. Chains shall He break___ For the slave is our broth-er
               Em          B7              Em
   And in His name all op-pres-sion shall cease
          G7                  C
   Sweet hymns of joy___ In grate-ful chor-us raise we
       G7               C
   Let all with-in us praise His Ho-ly name
     Am           Em      Dm            Am
   Christ is the Lord and ev-er ev-er praise we
        C   G7        C    F    C    G7            C
   No - e - el ___ No-el___ O night___ O night di-vine
        G7          C   F     C      G7          C
   No - el ___ No - el___ O night___ O night di-vine
        G7         C... F    C     Dm   C      G7         (C)
   No - el___ No - el – el - el___ O  night___ O night di-vine

Outro: | C  /  /  F  |  C  /  /  F  |     C     |
       (vine)

C Major

Red Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 : Fingers/Notes 
A column of 1's: Barre 1st finger over marked strings
Unmarked strings: play open
x: don't play string
barre: barre chord

Right-Handed Chord Tabs   

           C                 C7                 Am                  F              F (barre) 
    e|---|---|---|     e|---|---|---|     e|---|---|---|     e|-1-|---|---|     e|-1-|---|---|
    B|-1-|---|---|     B|-1-|---|---|     B|-1-|---|---|     B|-1-|---|---|     B|-1-|---|---|
    G|---|---|---|     G|---|---|-4-|     G|---|-3-|---|     G|---|-2-|---|     G|-1-|-2-|---|
    D|---|-2-|---|     D|---|-2-|---|     D|---|-2-|---|     D|---|---|-3-|     D|-1-|---|-4-|
    A|---|---|-3-|     A|---|---|-3-|     A|---|---|---|     A|---|---|---|x    A|-1-|---|-3-|
    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x    E|-1-|---|---|
Frets  1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3

           G                 G7                 Em                 Dm                 B7 
    e|---|---|-3-|     e|-1-|---|---|     e|---|---|---|     e|-1-|---|---|     e|---|-4-|---|
    B|---|---|---|     B|---|---|---|     B|---|---|---|     B|---|---|-3-|     B|---|---|---|
    G|---|---|---|     G|---|---|---|     G|---|---|---|     G|---|-2-|---|     G|---|-3-|---|
    D|---|---|---|     D|---|---|---|     D|---|-2-|---|     D|---|---|---|     D|-1-|---|---|
    A|---|-1-|---|     A|---|-2-|---|     A|---|-1-|---|     A|---|---|---|x    A|---|-2-|---|
    E|---|---|-2-|     E|---|---|-3-|     E|---|---|---|     E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x
Frets  1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3


Left-Handed Chord Tabs 

          C                 C7                 Am                  F              F (barre)
    |---|---|---|e     |---|---|---|e     |---|---|---|e     |---|---|-1-|e     |---|---|-1-|e
    |---|---|-1-|B     |---|---|-1-|B     |---|---|-1-|B     |---|---|-1-|B     |---|---|-1-|B
    |---|---|---|G     |-4-|---|---|G     |---|-3-|---|G     |---|-2-|---|G     |---|-2-|-1-|G
    |---|-2-|---|D     |---|-2-|---|D     |---|-2-|---|D     |-3-|---|---|D     |-4-|---|-1-|D
    |-3-|---|---|A     |-3-|---|---|A     |---|---|---|A    x|---|---|---|A     |-3-|---|-1-|A
   x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E     |---|---|-1-|E
      3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1   Frets

          G                 G7                 Em                 Dm                 B7
    |-3-|---|---|e     |---|---|-1-|e     |---|---|---|e     |---|---|-1-|e     |---|-4-|---|e
    |---|---|---|B     |---|---|---|B     |---|---|---|B     |-3-|---|---|B     |---|---|---|B
    |---|---|---|G     |---|---|---|G     |---|---|---|G     |---|-2-|---|G     |---|-3-|---|G
    |---|---|---|D     |---|---|---|D     |---|-2-|---|D     |---|---|---|D     |---|---|-1-|D
    |---|-1-|---|A     |---|-2-|---|A     |---|-1-|---|A    x|---|---|---|A     |---|-2-|---|A
    |-2-|---|---|E     |-3-|---|---|E     |---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E
      3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1   Frets

Notes

  • Level Of Ease: Easy - ideal for beginners. All chords are easy to play with F and B7 needing a little more attention... you'll enjoy this one.
  • 12/8 Time: 12 eighth-note/quaver beats per bar
  • Tempo: approx 56 bpm (♩.) This means that each beat is counted as a dotted quarter-note / crotchet which is equivalent to 3 eighth /quaver notes for each beat. If we set the tempo for every eighth-note / quaver, it would be racing along at 168 bpm's (3x56) which would be extremely off-putting and not in keeping with the style of song.
  • The 2 bar intro becomes easier if you count the tempo as above, with one count for every 3 quavers. The 12/8 count is actually | 1&& 2&& 3&& 4&& | You can simply count it as | 1 2 3 4 | keeping in mind each beat is equal to 3 eighth-note/quavers.
  • If you are finger-picking, listen carefully to the harp especially in the intro and at the end of the song. You will hear the picking on every eighth-note/quaver beat... follow this closely and do the same if you are finger-picking. In the Intro, count every eighth-note/quaver as 1 pick, so it would look and play like this |CCC CCC CCC FFF | CCC CCC CCC FFF | - The same 2 bars are played at the end of the song.
  • The simile mark / means you repeat the previous chord or note in the bar, therefore | C / / F | means 3 beats on C major and 1 beat on F major.
  • You will notice timing changes especially towards the end of the song. If you are playing alone, it can be a little off-putting, but stick with it. These are the sorts of things that add to your ability as a musician and help you to broaden your horizons, not only in your playing style, but also in your musical appreciation.
  • This is an excellent arrangement. Notice how the orchestra and choir create an intense feel and mood... along with the superb voices of Celtic Woman.
O Come All Ye Faithful

O Holy Night

O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of our dear Saviour's birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
'Til He appear'd and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

Fall on your knees! O hear the angel voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born;
O night divine, O night, O night Divine.

Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
Here come the wise men from Orient land.
The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friend.

He knows our need, to our weakness is no stranger,
Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!
Behold your King, Before Him lowly bend!

Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother;
And in His name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name.

Christ is the Lord! O praise His Name forever,
His power and glory evermore proclaim.
His power and glory evermore proclaim.

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