Xmas Bells O Holy Night - chords and lyrics

Christmas music featuring Celtic Woman

The Song

Words: Johnn Sullivan Dwight

Music: Adolphe Charles Adam... more

Performance: Celtic Woman

Original Published Key: C Major

Time Signature: 12/8       Tempo: ~ 56 bpm (♩)

Song Chords: C, C7, F, G, G7, Em, B7, Am, Dm

Written Chords: (Charts below)
C: x32010 / 332010
C7: x32310 / 332310
F: xx3211 / x33211 OR 133211 (barre)
G: 320003       G7: 320001
Em: 022000       Am: x02210       Dm: x00231
B7: x21202 / 221202

Video Link: O Holy Night performed by Celtic Woman

Chords and Lyrics

'O Holy Night' chords & lyrics
'O Holy Night' chord charts
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Song Tips:
  • Degree of Difficulty: Easy - ideal for beginners. All chords are easy to play with F and B7 needing a little more attention... you'll enjoy this one.
  • Song Key: C Major (no sharps or flats)
  • 12/8 Time: 12 eighth-note/quaver beats per bar
  • Tempo: approx 56 bpm (Dotted Crotchet) ... This means that each beat is counted as a dotted crotchet which is 3 quaver/eighth notes for each beat. If we set the tempo for every quaver/eighth note beat, it would be racing along at 168 bpm's (3x56) which would be extremely off-putting and not conducive to 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 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 quaver beat... follow this closely and do the same if you are finger-picking. In the Intro, count every 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 fermata symbol, Fermata means you hold the note for a duration which is determined by the performer. Further help with music symbols and other definitions can be found on the musical terms page.
  • 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.
  • Further help with reading song charts on this site.
  • Easier version on the Christmas Carols Page. It is also in the key of C Major, but is more straight-forward.

Lyrics

John Sullivan Dwight's Version

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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