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Jingle Bells


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dreadmon

 Genre: Holiday

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Another track from "Christmas Each Day." I had a lot of fun with this tune, especially going back to find the original lyrics that you don't typically hear on the Christmas ALL THE TIME radio stations that kick-in this time of year. The song has an interesting story that I discovered while researching copyright info (copyright has lapsed in the United States) - originally published in 1857 and written by James Lord Pierpont (1822-1893) as "One Horse Open Sleigh." Depending on whose history you follow, the tune was either written for a Thanksgiving service at the Unitarian Church in Savannah, Georgia where Pierpoint was an organist - or it was written to cheer up local Sunday school children.

Whatever the case (there are more stories indeed), its impact upon Christmas music can't be denied - though I truly love the original lyrics more, as they are a bit saucy, laced with bits of schadenfreude. Enjoy!
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Lyrics
Dashing through the snow
In a one horse open sleigh
O'er the fields we go
Laughing all the way
Bells on bob tail ring
Making spirits bright
What fun it is to laugh 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.:|


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 :|


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 tonight
and sing this sleighing song;
Just get a bob tailed bay
Two forty as his speed
and Hitch him to an open sleigh
And crack! you'll take the lead.

|: chorus :|
Song Stats
Hits: 3919
Comments: 13
Fans: 15
Plays: 129
Downloads: 137
Votes: 3
Uploaded: Dec 01, 2008 - 10:20:20 AM
Last Updated: Dec 01, 2008 - 10:20:20 AM Last Played: Nov 09, 2016 - 06:41:23 PM
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mountain dulcimer
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Comments
Lennon714 said 3219 days ago (December 1st, 2008)
well done
I'm not sure I've ever heard those other verses. Quaint lyrics, for sure! Great version of a classic tune.
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dreadmon said 3215 days ago (December 5th, 2008)
Thanks
The other lyrics are surprising, aren't they? They really lend themselves to the story that this was actually a Thanksgiving tune that got carried over into the next major holiday. Glad you enjoyed it!
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elfdaughter said 3219 days ago (December 1st, 2008)
Love it!
Definitely one to add to the Christmas playlist. And nice to hear the other verses for once! Merry Christmas!
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dreadmon said 3215 days ago (December 5th, 2008)
back to the basics
and Merry Christmas to you as well! Thanks for the music!
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Feter said 3219 days ago (December 1st, 2008)
Jingle Bells
This is cool ...nice story my friend ...nice recording
and flav of the dulce ...thnx for sharin my friend !!!
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dreadmon said 3215 days ago (December 5th, 2008)
Blessings
Thank you, Feter! Hope you have beautiful holidays -- Aloha -
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caroline said 3219 days ago (December 2nd, 2008)
thank you sweet thing...
now you will be part of the celebrations in our house xox
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dreadmon said 3215 days ago (December 5th, 2008)
Cool!
Or is that "COLD!"? Happy and warm holidays to you, Caroline - it's a blessing to be part of the Christmas cheer in your household!
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diamondvalley said 3218 days ago (December 2nd, 2008)
fun...
thanks for the history and great performance!
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dreadmon said 3215 days ago (December 5th, 2008)
Mahalo
Tis a pleasure - thank you for listening!
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Relic67 said 3217 days ago (December 3rd, 2008)
very nice
I've always liked that song...
sound effects made me laugh. thanks and merry xmas!
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dreadmon said 3215 days ago (December 5th, 2008)
Boink!
Ha-ha, thanks - glad you liked the FX - I thought it was a little over the top, but it just felt right. : ) Merry Christmas to you!
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richard13 said 3217 days ago (December 3rd, 2008)
Jingle Bells
Well done: the scholarship, playing, and singing. Thanks.

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dreadmon said 3212 days ago (December 8th, 2008)
Thank you
Glad you enjoyed the whole package!
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DWL said 3217 days ago (December 4th, 2008)
Loved it!
Cheers

Dick
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dreadmon said 3212 days ago (December 8th, 2008)
Mahalo
Thanks, Dick!
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Ed Hannifin said 3216 days ago (December 5th, 2008)
Another...
...for the MacJams 2008 Christmas playlist...

Was that a key change I heard go by?

I appreciate the full lyrical spread and the history. Thanks, Bing!

Ed
dreadmon said 3212 days ago (December 8th, 2008)
Change is in the wind
Hey Ed - Thanks for listening and adding to your playlist. I've been doing a lot of key changes lately, in some cases it can be managed on the instrument, and in other cases - I'm cheating and retuning or using a different dulcimer altogether. In the case of the dulcimer with two fretboards, I can at least pull this off when I perform live. : ) Happy Holidays to you!
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davisamerica said 3215 days ago (December 5th, 2008)
wow
very cool. really a kick! Merry Christmas indeed !
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dreadmon said 3212 days ago (December 8th, 2008)
Mahalo
Glad you enjoyed it, thank you!
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guitapick said 3215 days ago (December 5th, 2008)
Yee-Haw!!
Definitely a cooler version. Thanks, Bing. Enjoy the season, man...
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dreadmon said 3212 days ago (December 8th, 2008)
Thank you
Hey Bob, glad you liked it man! Hope you're having a great holiday season too!
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Alannah said 3215 days ago (December 5th, 2008)
well now ......
.. those were most enjoyable jingling balls .... er bells .... I think I might actually be getting into the Christmas "spirit" here ..... AND listening to carols at the same time ... HAHAHAHA Moce job Bing .. you never fail to put a smile on my face !
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dreadmon said 3212 days ago (December 8th, 2008)
Likewise -
Ha-ha, likewise, Alannah, likewise. : ) I enjoy my Christmas spirit with a bit of egg-nog. ; )
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falcef said 2849 days ago (December 6th, 2009)
jingle bells
Salve Merry Christmas feliz Navidad Buon Natale da Italy
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