JINGLE BELLS LYRICS

written by James Lord Pierpont Print Version

Title: Jingle Bells, originally titled "One Horse Open Sleigh"

The writer portaitAuthor: James Lord Pierpont (1822-1893) wrote the song in 1857. The said song was meant for a Thanksgiving program at a church in Savannah, Georgia where Pierpont was organist. The song was so well accepted that it was again sung on Christmas day and since then became one of the most popular Christmas carols. This song "One Horse Open Sleigh" was published by Oliver Ditson and Co. of Boston in August 1857. Two years later it was re-released with the title "Jingle Bells, or The One Horse Open Sleigh". It was not a hit either time.



Originally recorded (on an Edison brown wax cylinder, number 2218) by Edison Male Quartette in 1898, it was also performed by the Andrews Sisters, Barry Manilow, the Beach Boys, the Beatles, Benny Goodman, Bing Crosby, Bobby Vinton, Booker T. & the MG's, Count Basie, Dean Martin, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Glenn Miller, John Denver, Johnny Cash, Johnny Mathis, Johnny Mercer, Julie Andrews, Les Paul, Nat King Cole, Oscar Peterson, Pat Boone, Patti Labelle, Paul Anka, Perry Como, Ray Charles, Rosemary Clooney, Smokey Robinson, Willie Nelson ...


[Version 1]
Dashing through the snow
In a one-horse open sleigh
O'er the fields we go
Laughing all the way
Bells on bobtail ring
Making spirits bright
What fun it is to ride and sing
A sleighing song tonight!

[Chorus]

Jingle bells, jingle bells,
Jingle all the way.
Oh! what fun it is to ride
In a one-horse open sleigh.
Jingle bells, jingle bells,
Jingle all the way;
Oh! what fun it is to ride
In a one-horse open sleigh.

[Version 2]
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
He got into a drifted bank
And then we got upsot.

[Chorus]

Jingle bells, jingle bells,
Jingle all the way.
Oh! what fun it is to ride
In a one-horse open sleigh.
Jingle bells, jingle bells,
Jingle all the way;
Oh! what fun it is to ride
In a one-horse open sleigh.

[Version 3]
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 as there I sprawling lie,
But quickly drove away.

[Chorus]

Jingle bells, jingle bells,
Jingle all the way.
Oh! what fun it is to ride
In a one-horse open sleigh.
Jingle bells, jingle bells,
Jingle all the way;
Oh! what fun it is to ride
In a one-horse open sleigh.

[Version 4]
Now the ground is white
Go it while you're young,
Take the girls tonight
and sing this sleighing song;
Just get a bobtailed?bay
Two forty as his speed
Hitch him to an open sleigh
And crack! you'll take the lead.

[Chorus]

Jingle bells, jingle bells,
Jingle all the way.
Oh! what fun it is to ride
In a one-horse open sleigh.
Jingle bells, jingle bells,
Jingle all the way;
Oh! what fun it is to ride
In a one-horse open sleigh.

Sheet Music
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