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Jingle Bells - James Lord Pierpont (4/4)
Picking Pattern (Travis Pick): _ _ _ | | | | | | | e|-@---------@-----| B|-------@---------| G|---------------@-| D|-@---@---@---@---| A|-@-------@-------| E|-@-------@-------| Bass Alt Bass Verse: G G G C Dashing through the snow, in a one-horse open sleigh, Am D7 D7 G O'er the fields we go, laughing all the way. G G G C Bells on bob-tails ring, making spirits bright, Am G D7 [G D7] What fun it is to ride and sing a sleighing song tonight. Oh! Chorus: G G G G7 Jingle bells, jingle bells, Jingle all the way! C G O what fun it is to ride A7 D7 In a one-horse open sleigh, hey! G G G G7 Jingle bells, jingle bells, Jingle all the way! C G D7 G G O what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh Verse: A day or two ago, I thought I'd take a ride And soon Miss Fanny Bright was seated by my side The horse was lean and lank, Misfortune seemed his lot We ran into a drifted bank and there we got upsot. Oh! Chorus Verse: A day or two ago, the story I must tell I went out on the snow and on my back I fell A gent was riding by in a one-horse open sleigh He laughed at me as I there lay but quickly drove away. Oh! Chorus Verse: Now the ground is white, go it while you're young Take the girls along and sing this sleighing song Just bet a bobtailed bay, Two forty as his speed Hitch him to an open sleigh and crack! You'll take the lead. Oh! Chorus
"Jingle Bells" is one of the best-known and commonly sung American songs in the world. It was written by James Lord Pierpont (1822–1893) and published under the title "One Horse Open Sleigh" in the autumn of 1857. It has been claimed that it was originally written to be sung by a Sunday school choir; however, historians dispute this, stating that it was much too "racy" (and secular) to be sung by a children's church choir in the days it was written. Although not originally intended on having any connection to Christmas, it later became associated with Christmas music and the season in general.
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