I HEARD THE BELLS ON CHRISTMAS DAY

 

STUDIO VERSION

INTRO/INTERLUDES:  C     C(add11)

 

 

  C                              C(add11)

I heard the bells on Christmas Day,

         C       Am      Dm     G

Their old familiar carols play,

        C                                Em       Am

And wild and sweet, the words repeat,

      C                                   G        C

Of peace on earth, good will to men.

 

 

        C                                C(add11)

And thought how, as the day had come,

        C        Am      Dm        G

The belfries of all Christendom

        C                             Em       Am

Had rolled along, the unbroken song,

      C                                    G        C

Of peace on earth, good will to men.

 

 

     C                        C(add11)

Til ringing, singing on its way,

       C           Am               Dm        G

The world revolved from night to day, 

      C                          Em        Am

A voice, a chime, a chant sublime,

      C                                   G        C

Of peace on earth, good will to men.

 

 

       C                  C(add11)

And in despair I bowed my head;

          C       Am           Dm       G

There is no peace on earth, I said;

       C                             Em            Am

For hate is strong and mocks the song

      C                                   G        C

Of peace on earth, good will to men.

 

 

          C                                  C(add11)

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep;

         C        Am           Dm        G

God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;

       C                                Em       Am

The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,

        C                                    G        C

With peace on earth, good will to men.

Written by Henry W. Longfellow, 1864.

Recording and arrangement by Nathan Drake

 

ACOUSTIC

INTRO/INTERLUDES:  G     G(add11)

 

 G                                G(add11)
I heard the Bells on Christmas Day
          G       Em       Am     D/F#
Their old familiar carols play,
        G                                Bm       Em
And wild and sweet the words repeat
      G                                  D/F#      G
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

 


   G                               G(add11)
I thought how, as the day had come,
       G           Em       Am      D/F#
The belfries of all Christendom
        G                              Bm       Em
Had rolled along the unbroken song
     G                                    D/F#      G
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

 

         G                   G(add11)

Til ringing, singing on its way,

       G          Em                 Am      D/F#

The world revolved from night to day, 

       G                         Bm       Em

A voice, a chime, a chant sublime,

     G                                   D/F#     G

Of peace on earth, good will to men.



        G                   G(add11)
And in despair I bowed my head:
             G        Em           Am        D/F#
"There is no peace on earth," I said,
         G                              Bm           Em
"For hate is strong and mocks the song
      G                                  D/F#     G
Of peace on earth, good will to men."

 

           G                                   G(add11)
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
          G          Em          Am         D/F#
"God is not dead, nor does he sleep;
        G                                Bm        Em
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
          G                                  D/F#     G
With peace on earth, good will to men."

Written by Henry W. Longfellow, 1864.

Recording and arrangement by Nathan Drake