Jingle Bells

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Jingle Bells (1857)
by James Pierpont

"Jingle Bells", originally "The One Horse Open Sleigh", is one of the best known and commonly sung secular Christmas songs in the world. It was written in 1857 by James Pierpont to be sung at a Thanksgiving program at his church in Boston, and was repeated at Christmas due to its instant popularity. The song has been translated into many languages.

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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 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, O
  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,
We got into a drifted bank
And there we got upsot.


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.


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 for his speed,
Then hitch him to an open sleigh
And crack! You'll take the lead.


This work was published before January 1, 1929, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.

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