Silver Bells chords

by Jim Reeves

Music & Lyrics: Jay Livingston & Jay Evans      Original Key: B♭ Major
Featured Artist: Jim Reeves from the album 12 Songs Of Christmas
Music: Key of F# Major in 3/4 time at ~ 80 bpm (♩)
Chords: F#, B, G#m, C#7, G#7
Easier - Capo on 4: Play in D Major
Chords with Capo: D, G, Em, A7, E7
Jim Reeves - Silver Bells
Jim Reeves
Jim Reeves

Jim Reeves: Born James Travis Reeves on August 20th, 1923 in Galloway, Texas, U.S. He was a Country singer/songwriter who was also known as Gentleman Jim.
He died in a plane crash on the 31st July, 1964 at the early age of 40 in Williamson County, Tennessee, U.S... more

Song - Words & Music: Jay Livingston & Jay Evans

First Recording: Bing Crosby & Carol Richards in 1950.

First Performance: Bob Hope & Marilyn Maxwell in a motion picture called The Lemon Drop Kid. It was filmed between July and August in 1950, and released in March 1951.

Silver Bells by Jim Reeves

Capo on 4th fret if playing with video

Intro: 3/4 
     D                G                A7                         D
    Sil-ver Bells___ Sil-ver Bells___ Soon it will be Christ-mas day

           D                                            G          Em
1.  Ci-ty side-walks___ Bu-sy side-walks___ Dressed in hol-i-day  style
           A7                          D
    In the air there's a feel-ing of Christ-mas
                D                                         G           E7 
    Child-ren laugh-ing___ Peo-ple pas-sing___ Meet-ing smile af-ter smile
           A7                            D 
    And on ev’-ry street cor-ner you'll hear____

         D                 G                A7                        D
Chorus: Sil-ver  Bells___ Sil-ver Bells___ It's Chris-mas time in the ci-ty
         D              G                 A7                         D
        Ring-a-ling___ Hear them ring___ Soon it will be Chris-tmas day

                D                                             G             Em
2. Strings of street lights___ Ev-en stop lights___ Blink a bright red and green
           A7                             D
   As the shop-pers rush home with their trea-sures
             D                                            G            E7
   Hear the snow crunch___ See the kids bunch___ This is San-ta's big scene 
          A7                           D 
   And a-bove all this bus-tle you'll hear

         D                 G                 A7                        D
Chorus: Sil-ver  Bells___ Sil-ver  Bells___ It's Chris-mas time in the ci-ty
         D              G                 A7                         D
        Ring-a-ling___ Hear them ring___ Soon it will be Chris-tmas day
         A7                            D  ...
        Soon it will be... Chris-tmas day

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

 Right Handed Chord Tabs  
           D                  G                 A7                 Em                 E7
    e|---|-2-|---|     e|---|---|-3-|     e|---|---|---|     e|---|---|---|     e|---|---|---|
    B|---|---|-3-|     B|---|---|---|     B|---|-3-|---|     B|---|---|---|     B|---|---|(4)|
    G|---|-1-|---|     G|---|---|---|     G|---|---|---|     G|---|---|---|     G|-1-|---|---|
    D|---|---|---|     D|---|---|---|     D|---|-1-|---|     D|---|-2-|---|     D|---|---|---|
    A|---|---|---|x    A|---|-1-|---|     A|---|---|---|     A|---|-1-|---|     A|---|-2-|---|
    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|-2-|     E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|     E|---|---|---| 
Frets  1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3 

 Left Handed Chord Tabs   
          D                  G                 A7                 Em                 E7
    |---|-2-|---|e     |-3-|---|---|e     |---|---|---|e     |---|---|---|e     |---|---|---|e
    |-3-|---|---|B     |---|---|---|B     |---|-3-|---|B     |---|---|---|B     |(4)|---|---|B
    |---|-1-|---|G     |---|---|---|G     |---|---|---|G     |---|---|---|G     |---|---|-1-|G
    |---|---|---|D     |---|---|---|D     |---|-1-|---|D     |---|-2-|---|D     |---|---|---|D
   x|---|---|---|A     |---|-1-|---|A     |---|---|---|A     |---|-1-|---|A     |---|-2-|---|A
   x|---|---|---|E     |-2-|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E     |---|---|---|E     |---|---|---|E
      3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1  Frets


  • The original song is in the key of B♭Major and the chords include B♭, E♭, Cm, F7, C7
  • Song Key for this version: F# Major ... 6 sharps - F#, C#, G#, D#, A#, E#.
  • If you are playing with the video: To make it easier so that everyone can play along, there are a couple of options available.

    Option 1: (Easy option) Use a capo on the 2nd fret and play in E Major... E, A, F#m, B7 & F#7

    Option 2: (Easiest option) Use a capo on the 4th fret and play in D Major... D, G, Em, A7 & E7. We will using this option for our session.
  • If you are playing on your own (without the video) you can choose whichever key you like.

Transposition for all mentioned keys:

Original Published Key: B♭Major B♭ E♭ Cm F7 C7
Performance: Key F# Major F# B G#m C#7 G#7
Capo: Fret 2 - E Major E A F#m B7 F#7
Capo: Fret 4 - D Major (Chart) D G Em A7 E7
Back to Christmas Music

Contact Me

 RSS Icon