Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer chords & lyrics

The most famous reindeer of all

rudolph the reindeer
  • Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer was written by 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 Christmas Songs for Preschool and Kindergarten
  • 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

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

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:

  • 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 charts.
  • 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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