I heard the bells on Christmas Day  (hist. background)  (video)

 

    Em - C - G - B7

 

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1. I heard the bells on Christmas Day,

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    their old familiar carols play.

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    And mild and sweet their songs repeat,

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    of Peace on earth, Goodwill to men.

 

                                            C            G

And the bells are ringing (Peace on earth),

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like a choir they're singing (Peace on earth),

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in my heart I hear them (Peace),

                 Em                          D

Peace on earth, Goodwill to men !

 

                                                 Em    - C

2. And in despair I bowed my head,

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    there is no peace on earth, I said.

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    For hate is strong and mocks the song

                                                        G    - B7

    of Peace on earth, Goodwill to men.

 

                                            C            G

And the bells are ringing (Peace on earth),

                                   C            G

like a choir singing (Peace on earth).

                                                 C

Does anybody hear them ? (Peace),

                 Em                          D

Peace on earth, Goodwill to men !

 

     C

+        Then rang the bells more loud and deep,

                                                     Em                     D

    God is not dead, nor doth He sleep (Peace on earth).

                       C

    (Peace on earth) The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,

                               G                          D       - D7

    with Peace on earth, Goodwill to men !

 

                                                 Em     - C

3. Then ringing, singing on its way,

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    the world revolved from night to day.

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    A voice, a chime, a chant sublime

                                                        G      - B7

    of Peace on earth, Goodwill to men.

 

                                            C            G

And the bells are ringing (Peace on earth),

                                   C            G

like a choir singing (Peace on earth),

                                                               C

and with our hearts we’ll hear them ! (Peace),

                 Em                          D

Peace on earth, Goodwill to men !

 

                                                                    C             G

+  Do you hear the bells they're ringing, (Peace on earth),

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    the life, the angels singing (Peace on earth) ?

 

    Open up your heart and hear them,

       C            Em                         D

    Peace on earth, Goodwill to men.   - - -

        C           G          C            G

    Peace on earth, Peace on earth !

       C            Em                         D

    Peace on earth, Goodwill to men !

 

(Orig. = capo 3rd)   (H. W. Longfellow, 1863 / Casting Crowns)