Jingle Bells

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This one is going to require a sound track — not because people know it so well, but because people know it so well a different way.

The title as originally published was One Horse Open Sleigh, which was later published as Jingle Bells or the One Horse Open Sleigh.

The verse has remained basically unchanged, but the chorus, which was the popular part, the part that made the song endure, managed to morph into a different tune.

Listen to the Track (note — only one verse, and it is hard to play the chorus accompaniment while singing):

Read the Lyrics:

Dashing thro’ the snow, In a one horse open sleigh,

O’er the hills we go, Laughing all the way;

Bells on bobtail ring, Making spirits bright,

Oh what sport to ride and sing A sleighing song to night.

CHORUS

Jingle bells, Jingle bells, Jingle all the way;

Oh! what joy it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh.

Jingle bells, Jingle bells, Jingle all the way;

Oh! what joy it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh.

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A day or two ago I thought I’d take a ride,

And soon Miss Fannie Bright Was seated by my side,

The horse was lean and lank; Misfortune seemd his lot,

He got into a drifted bank, And we, we got upsot.

CHORUS

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

Now the ground is white Go it while you’re young,

Take the girls to night And sing this sleighing song;

Just get a bob tailed bay Two forty as his speed

Hitch him to an open sleigh And crack, you’ll take the lead.

CHORUS

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(Note: This is the only place I recall seeing that third verse. Has anyone else seen in otherwise? Is it popular somewhere?)

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