Santa Claus Is Coming To Town chords & lyrics

ft. The Countdown Kids

Xmas Bells Song Details

Lyrics: Haven Gillespie      Music: J. Fred Coots
First Recording: Harry Reser (banjoist) and band on Oct 24th, 1934. Tom Stacks featured on vocals.
First Performance: November 1934 on Eddie Cantor's radio show. It became an instant hit with over 400,000 copies of sheet music sold by Christmas.
Featured Artists: The Coundown Kids from the album Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Music: Key of B♭ Major in 2/2 time at 84 bpm (Minim)
Chords: B♭, B♭7, E♭, E♭m, Gm, Cm, C7, F, F7
Capo on 1st fret: Play in A Major with chords: A, A7, D, Dm, F#m, Bm, B7, E, E7
  • A: x02220
  • D: xx0232
  • F#m: 244222 (B)
  • B7: x21202
  • E7: 020100
  • A7: x02020
  • Dm: x00231
  • Bm: xx4432 / x24432 (B)
  • E: 022100
  • E7: 020130 / 022130
See key transpositions below (A Major, B♭Major & C Major)
Video Presentation by The Countdown Kids

Wikipedia: More information about the song

Charts

Capo: 1st fret if playing with the video

rudolph the reindeer
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town by The Countdown Kids

Intro: 4/4                              (Hold)
   |     A     |    A    |    E    |    E    |

        A            A7          D          
1. You bet-ter watch out___ You bet-ter not cry
    A                       D           Dm
   Bet-ter not pout___ I'm tel-ling you why
    A      F#m     Bm7     E7    A  |   E7    |
   San-ta Claus is co-ming   to town

         A         A7           D           
2. He's mak-ing a list___ And check-ing it twice
    A          A7          D          Dm
   Gon-na find out who's naugh-ty or nice
    A      F#m     Bm7     E7    A    | A  - A7 |
   San-ta Claus is com-ing   to town____

            A7                    D              A7                  D
Bridge: He sees you when you're sleep-ing___ He knows when you're a-wake
            B7                  E7                  F#m       B7        E     E7
        He knows if you've been bad or good___So be good for good-ness sake__ Oh!

        A            A7          D          
3. You bet-ter watch out___ You bet-ter not cry
    A           A7          D           Dm
   Bet-ter not pout___ I'm tel-ling you why
    A      F#m     Bm      E7    A  | A  - A7  |
   San-ta Claus is co-ming   to town

            A7                    D              A7                  D
Bridge: He sees you when you're sleep-ing___ He knows when you're a-wake
             B7                 E7                  F#m       B7        E     E7
        He knows if you've been bad or good___So be good for good-ness sake__ Oh!

        A            A7          D          
4. You bet-ter watch out___ You bet-ter not cry
    A                       D           Dm
   Bet-ter not pout___ I'm tel-ling you why
    A      F#m     Bm      E7    A  |   A    |
   San-ta Claus is co-ming   to town    (Hold)

A 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
alt: alternative voicing
(4): Optional Note - If you don't play the optional note, do play the string

 Right Handed Chord Tabs
           A                 A7                  D                 Dm                 F#m
    e|---|---|---|     e|---|---|---|     e|---|-2-|---|     e|-1-|---|---|     e|-1-|---|---|
    B|---|-3-|---|     B|---|-3-|---|     B|---|---|-3-|     B|---|---|-3-|     B|-1-|---|---|
    G|---|-2-|---|     G|---|---|---|     G|---|-1-|---|     G|---|-2-|---|     G|-1-|---|---|
    D|---|-1-|---|     D|---|-1-|---|     D|---|---|---|     D|---|---|---|     D|-1-|---|-4-|
    A|---|---|---|     A|---|---|---|     A|---|---|---|x    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          2   3   4

          Bm7                Bm7                B7                  E                 E7 
    e|---|-4-|---|     e|-1-|---|---|     e|---|-4-|---|     e|---|---|---|     e|---|---|---|
    B|---|---|---|     B|-1-|-2-|---|     B|---|---|---|     B|---|---|---|     B|---|---|(4)|
    G|---|-3-|---|     G|-1-|---|-4-|     G|---|-3-|---|     G|-1-|---|---|     G|-1-|---|---|
    D|---|---|---|     D|-1-|---|-3-|     D|-1-|---|---|     D|---|-3-|---|     D|---|---|---|
    A|---|-2-|---|     A|-1-|---|---|     A|---|-2-|---|     A|---|-2-|---|     A|---|-2-|---|
    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|     E|---|---|---|
Frets  1   2   3          2   3   4          1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3

 Left Handed Chord Tabs   
          A                 A7                  D                 Dm                 F#m
    |---|---|---|e     |---|---|---|e     |---|-2-|---|e     |---|---|-1-|e     |---|---|-1-|e
    |---|-3-|---|B     |---|-3-|---|B     |-3-|---|---|B     |-3-|---|---|B     |---|---|-1-|B
    |---|-2-|---|G     |---|---|---|G     |---|-1-|---|G     |---|-2-|---|G     |---|---|-1-|G
    |---|-1-|---|D     |---|-1-|---|D     |---|---|---|D     |---|---|---|D     |-4-|---|-1-|D
    |---|---|---|A     |---|---|---|A    x|---|---|---|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          4   3   2   Frets
      
          Bm7                Bm7                B7                  E               E7(alt)
    |---|-4-|---|e     |---|---|-1-|e     |---|-4-|---|e     |---|---|---|e     |---|---|---|e
    |---|---|---|B     |---|-2-|-1-|B     |---|---|---|B     |---|---|---|B     |(4)|---|---|B
    |---|-3-|---|G     |-4-|---|-1-|G     |---|-3-|---|G     |---|---|-1-|G     |---|---|-1-|G
    |---|---|---|D     |-3-|---|-1-|D     |---|---|-1-|D     |---|-3-|---|D     |---|---|---|D
    |---|-2-|---|A     |---|---|-1-|A     |---|-2-|---|A     |---|-2-|---|A     |---|-2-|---|A
   x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E     |---|---|---|E     |---|---|---|E
      3   2   1          4   3   2          3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1   Frets

Notes

  • The song is in the key of B♭ Major which requires a few barre chords. To make the song easy for everyone, we will be using a capo on the 1st fret and play in the key of A Major.
  • There are a few barre chords in A Major, but they are easy ones. Beginners may find this a little testing, but stick with it ... it's well-worth the effort.
  • The fermata or pause symbol Pause Symbol means you hold the note for a duration which is determined by the performer. On the last bar of the Intro you strum the chord and hold it for the duration of the bar. At the end of the song, you strum the chord and hold it... let it ring out.
  • The tempo is set at 84 bpm in half-note or minim time ... beat sounds on every 2nd beat (1 & 3) if you are using a metronome or click track. You can set the metronome at 168 bpm to play on every beat, but it sounds a little busy... the choice is yours.

Transposition if you want to play in the key of B♭ Major: also included the original published key of C Major

Capo: Fret 1 - A Major (Chart) A A7 D Dm F#m Bm7 B7 E E7
Performance: Key B♭ Major B♭ B♭7 E♭ E♭m Gm Cm7 C7 F F7
Original Published Key - C Major C C7 F Fm Am Dm7 D7 G G7
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

You better watch out, you better not cry,
You better not pout, I'm telling you why:
Santa Claus is coming to town!

He's making a list, he's checking it twice,
He's gonna find out who's naughty or nice.
Santa Claus is coming to town!

He sees you when you're sleeping,
He knows when you're awake.
He knows if you've been bad or good,
So be good for goodness sake!

So... You better watch out, you better not cry
You better not pout, I'm telling you why:
Santa Claus is coming to town!

Little tin horns, little toy drums.
Rudy-toot-toot and rummy tum tums.
Santa Claus is coming to town!

Little toy dolls that cuddle and coo,
Elephants, boats and Kiddie cars too.
Santa Claus is coming to town!

The kids in Girl and Boy Land
Will have a Jubilee.
They're gonna build a toyland town
All around the Christmas tree.

Oh... You better watch out, you better not cry.
You better not pout, I'm telling you why:
Santa Claus is coming to town...

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town chords and lyrics

Sheet Music - Piano/Vocal/Chords - C Major

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