Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer chords

by The Kiboomers

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer Words & Music: Johnny Marks
Original Published Key: C Major
First Appearance - 1939: Rudolph's first appearance was in a booklet written by Robert L. May and published by Montgomery Ward.
First Recording: Gene Autry - The song reached No. 1 on the Billboard pop singles chart in the Christmas week of 1949 with 2.5 million copies sold in the first year, eventually reaching a total of 25 million. Until the 1980's, it was the 2nd best-selling single of all time.
Featured Artists: The Kiboomers from the album Merry Christmas Kids Songs
Music: Key of G Major in 2/2 time at 84 bpm (Minim)
Song Chords: C, Bm, Am, A, A7, G, B7, Em, D, D7
The Kiboomers

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer by The Kiboomers

Intro: 4/4
             C          Bm           Am           G
   You know Dash-er and Dan-cer and Pran-cer and Vix-en
    C         Bm         Am            G
   Com-et and Cup-id and Don-ner and Blitz-en
   Em     B7      Em              A7                   D7
   But do you re-call___ The most fam-ous rein-deer of all

   G                                                       D7
1. Ru-dolph the Red-Nosed Rein-deer___ Had a ve-ry shi-ny nose
                                                        G
   And if you e-ver saw him___ You would e-ven say it glows
    G                                                         D7
   All of the o-ther rein-deer___ Used to laugh and call him names
                                                             G
   They ne-ver let poor Ru-dolph___ Join in a-ny rein-deer games

         C              G                   C              G
Bridge: Then one fog-gy  Christ-mas Eve___ San-ta came to say
        D7                                 A7                    D7
        Ru-dolph with your nose so bright___ Won't you lead my sleigh to-night

    G                                                             D7
2. Then all the rein-deer loved him___ As they shout-ed out with glee
                                                                G
   Ru-dolph the Red-Nosed Rein-deer___ You'll go down in his-to-ry
   

Instr: |   C   |  Bm  |  Am  |   G   |   C   |  Bm  |  Am  |   G   |
       |  Em   |  B7  |  Em  |   Em  |   A   |  A7  |  D   |   D7  |

   G                                                       D7
3. Ru-dolph the Red-Nosed Rein-deer___ Had a ve-ry shi-ny nose
                                                        G
   And if you e-ver saw him___ You would e-ven say it glows
    G                                                         D7
   All of the o-ther rein-deer___ Used to laugh and call him names
                                                             G
   They ne-ver let poor Ru-dolph___ Join in a-ny rein-deer games

         C              G                   C              G
Bridge: Then one fog-gy  Christ-mas Eve___ San-ta came to say
        D7                                 A7                    D7
        Ru-dolph with your nose so bright___ Won't you lead my sleigh to-night
        
    G                                                             D7
4. Then all the rein-deer loved him___ As they shout-ed out with glee
                                                                G
   Ru-dolph the Red-Nosed Rein-deer___ You'll go down in his-to-ry___ woo...

G 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

 Right Handed Chord Tabs
           C                 Bm                 Am                  A                 A7 
    e|---|---|---|     e|-1-|---|---|     e|---|---|---|     e|---|---|---|     e|---|---|---|
    B|-1-|---|---|     B|-1-|-2-|---|     B|-1-|---|---|     B|---|-3-|---|     B|---|-3-|---|
    G|---|---|---|     G|-1-|---|-4-|     G|---|-3-|---|     G|---|-2-|---|     G|---|---|---|
    D|---|-2-|---|     D|-1-|---|-3-|     D|---|-2-|---|     D|---|-1-|---|     D|---|-1-|---|
    A|---|---|-3-|     A|-1-|---|---|     A|---|---|---|     A|---|---|---|     A|---|---|---|
    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x
Frets  1   2   3          2   3   4          1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3

           G                 B7                 Em                  D                 D7 
    e|---|---|-3-|     e|---|-4-|---|     e|---|---|---|     e|---|-2-|---|     e|---|-3-|---|
    B|---|---|---|     B|---|---|---|     B|---|---|---|     B|---|---|-3-|     B|-1-|---|---|
    G|---|---|---|     G|---|-3-|---|     G|---|---|---|     G|---|-1-|---|     G|---|-2-|---|
    D|---|---|---|     D|-1-|---|---|     D|---|-2-|---|     D|---|---|---|     D|---|---|---|
    A|---|-1-|---|     A|---|-2-|---|     A|---|-1-|---|     A|---|---|---|x    A|---|---|---|x
    E|---|---|-2-|     E|---|---|---|x    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                 Bm                 Am                  A                 A7
    |---|---|---|e     |---|---|-1-|e     |---|---|---|e     |---|---|---|e     |---|---|---|e
    |---|---|-1-|B     |---|-2-|-1-|B     |---|---|-1-|B     |---|-3-|---|B     |---|-3-|---|B
    |---|---|---|G     |-4-|---|-1-|G     |---|-3-|---|G     |---|-2-|---|G     |---|---|---|G
    |---|-2-|---|D     |-3-|---|-1-|D     |---|-2-|---|D     |---|-1-|---|D     |---|-1-|---|D
    |-3-|---|---|A     |---|---|-1-|A     |---|---|---|A     |---|---|---|A     |---|---|---|A
   x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E
      3   2   1          4   3   2          3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1   Frets
      
          G                 B7                 Em                  D                 D7 
    |-3-|---|---|e     |---|-4-|---|e     |---|---|---|e     |---|-2-|---|e     |---|-3-|---|e
    |---|---|---|B     |---|---|---|B     |---|---|---|B     |-3-|---|---|B     |---|---|-1-|B
    |---|---|---|G     |---|-3-|---|G     |---|---|---|G     |---|-1-|---|G     |---|-2-|---|G
    |---|---|---|D     |---|---|-1-|D     |---|-2-|---|D     |---|---|---|D     |---|---|---|D
    |---|-1-|---|A     |---|-2-|---|A     |---|-1-|---|A    x|---|---|---|A    x|---|---|---|A
    |-2-|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E     |---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E
      3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1   Frets
      
PS. The written chords include different voicings for Bm along with the tabbed
    versions here. Beginners can use the alternative open Bm chord which omits the
    barre and uses the first finger on the first string (fret 2) avoiding the 
    bottom 2 strings - xx4432

Notes

  • This song is ideal for beginners. The Bm is a little tricky but stick with it... think of it as an Am chord played up 2 frets with the chord played using fingers 2,3, and 4 and the index finger added to the 1st string, 2nd fret... see chart.
  • 4/4 time means 4 crotchet/quarter-note beats per bar.
  • The tempo is set at 84 bpm in half-note / minim time or 168 bpm in quarter-note / crotchet time.
  • bpm - beats per minute
  • It sounds better if you set your metronome at 84 bpm in half-note time which means the click will sound 2x per bar (beats 1 & 3) instead of 4x per bar (beats 1 2 3 4)... the choice is yours.
  • The lyrics are slightly altered with the use of, 'lead my sleigh tonight' instead of 'guide my sleigh tonight', along with a few other subtle changes.
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