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Jingle Bells - J. David Moore

Jingle Bells


Words and Music by James PIerpont
SATTB a cappella
Published by Fresh Ayre Music

A King’s Singers-inspired take on a possibly familiar carol.

“Jingle Bells” was first published in 1857 by the son of a Unitarian minister from Medford, Massachussetts. There remains an ongoing feud between the cities of Medford and Savannah, Georgia (where James was living at the time of publication) concerning where he actually wrote the song. Both Chambers of Commerce have put up plaques claiming ownership, and still make much of the validity of their claims for tourists. James Pierpont composed a number of other songs and dance tunes, but nothing he wrote before or after “Jingle Bells” affected his legacy to any extent.

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

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

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


3. 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



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