SONG LYRICS FOR: "DING DONG, MERRILY ON HIGH"
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"RHYTHM OF CHRISTMAS"
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Lead Vocals: Angelina Dunbar
Music: 16th century French circle-dance tune by Thoinot Arbeau [1519-1593].
Lyrics: Rev. George Radcliffe Woodward [1848-1934]; portions adapted by Cathy Gehr, John Listen.
Back-ups: Angelina Dunbar, Michael Fogarty, Joy Frances, Christy Gibson, John Listen,
Vas Myers, Jerry Paladino, S. De Bezenac, Godfrey L. Thomson.
Acoustic and Nylon Guitars: Philip Johnson - Electric Guitar: Makoto Nobuka.
Rhythm and Synth programming, Keyboards: John Listen.
Additional Drums: Michael Marrington - Additional Percussion: Juan Martin.
Arranged, and Engineered by: John Listen.

[Recorded version is ½ step [1 guitar fret] lower than the chords written here.]

"DING DONG, MERRILY ON HIGH"

Gloria 1
Glo-o-o-oria! Gloria! Oh-oh, Gloria! Gloria! Gloria!

Verse 1
Ding, dong, merrily on high,
In Heaven the bells are ringing.
Ding, dong, verily the sky
Is filled with angels singing:

Chorus 1
Glo-o-o-o-o-o, O-o-o-o-o-o
O-o-o-o-o-o, O-o-o-o-o-o
O-o-o-o-o-o, O-ria,
Hosanna in excelsis!

Verse 2
And so here below, below
Sing out in jubilation.
Give a merry, merry toast
To all of God’s creation. [Woh-oh-oh ...]

Chorus 2
Glo-o-o-o-o-o, O-o-o-o-o-o
O-o-o-o-o-o, O-o-o-o-o-o
O-o-o-o-o-o, O-ria,
Hosanna in excelsis! [Come on!]
Glo-o-o-o-o-o, O-o-o-o-o-o
O-o-o-o-o-o, O-o-o-o-o-o
O-o-o-o-o-o, O-ria,
Hosanna in excelsis!

Verse 3
Hey, now dutifully chime
To hail the King, ye ringers.
May you beautifully rhyme
Your evetime song, ye singers.

Chorus 3
Glo-o-o-o-o-o, O-o-o-o-o-o
O-o-o-o-o-o, O-o-o-o-o-o
O-o-o-o-o-o, O-ria,
Hosanna in excelsis!

Gloria 2
Glo-o-o-oria! [Let the whole world sing]
Gloria! [To the newborn King!]
Gloria! [Ev’rybody knows it’s Christmas time!]
Woh-oh-oh-oh, Gloria! [Full of love and cheer,]
Gloria! [A very special time of year,] Gloria! [and now it’s here!]
It’s Christmas time, Christmas time!

Verse 4
So ding, dong, merrily on high,
In Heaven the bells are ringing.
Ding, dong, verily the sky
Is filled with angels singing: [Woh-oh-oh ...]

Chorus 4
Glo-o-o-o-o-o, O-o-o-o-o-o
O-o-o-o-o-o, O-o-o-o-o-o
O-o-o-o-o-o, O-ria,
Hosanna in excelsis!

Gloria 3
Woh-oh-oh, Gloria! [Yes, it’s Christmas time,]
Gloria! [Time to laugh and sing,]
Oh, Gloria! [Ev’rybody say, "Hosanna"]
Hosanna! [Hosanna to the King!]
Oh, Gloria! [Joyful sounds all around you again,]
Gloria! [Now it’s here, it’s that time of year!]
Oh-oh, Gloria! [Ev’rybody knows] it’s Christmas time, Christmas time!

 

"DING DONG, MERRILY ON HIGH" (with chords)

Intro: (E)(A)-(A#)-(B)

Gloria 1
Glo-o-o-(B7)oria! (E)Gloria! Oh-oh, (B7)Gloria! (E)Gloria! Gloria!
(C#m7)-(Amaj7)(Amaj7)-(F#m7sus4)-(E)

Verse 1
(E)Ding, dong, merrily on high,
In (A)Heaven the (A/B)bells are (E)ringing.
Ding, dong, verily the sky
Is (A)filled with (A/B)angels (E)sing(Asus2)ing: (B7sus4)

Chorus 1
(E)Glo-o-o-o-o-o, (B7)O-o-o-o-o-o
(E)O-o-o-o-o-o, (B)O-o-o-o-o-o
(A)O-o-o-o-o-o, (B)O-ria,
Ho(A)sanna (Bsus4)in (B)ex(E)celsis!

(C#m)-(B)-(Asus2)-(B7sus4)

Verse 2
(E)And so here below, below
Sing (A)out in (B7sus4)jubi(E)lation.
(E)Give a merry, merry toast
To (A)all of (B7sus4)God’s cre(E)ation. [Woh-oh-oh ...]

Chorus 2
(E)Glo-o-o-o-o-o, (B7)O-o-o-o-o-o
(E)O-o-o-o-o-o, (B)O-o-o-o-o-o
(A)O-o-o-o-o-o, (B)O-ria,
Ho(A)sanna (B7sus4)in ex(E)celsis! (A)[Come on!]
(E)Glo-o-o-o-o-o, (B7)O-o-o-o-o-o
(E)O-o-o-o-o-o, (B)O-o-o-o-o-o
(A)O-o-o-o-o-o, (B)O-ria,
Ho(A)sanna (B7sus4)in ex(Asus2)celsis!

Interlude
(Asus2)-(G#7dim9)(C#m)-(Caug)-(C#m/B)-(C#m/A#)
(Amaj7)(Amaj7/B)-(Bbmaj7/C)

Verse 3
(Fsus2)Hey, now dutifully chime
To (Bb)hail the (C7sus4)King, ye (F)ringers.
(Fsus2)May you beautifully rhyme
Your (Bb)evetime (C7sus4)song, ye (F)singers.(C7sus4)

Chorus 3
(F)Glo-o-o-o-o-o, (C7)O-o-o-o-o-o
(F)O-o-o-o-o-o, (C)O-o-o-o-o-o
(Bb)O-o-o-o-o-o, (C)O-ria,
Ho(Bb)sanna (C)in ex(F)celsis!

[Piano:]
(Dm)-(C#aug)-(Dm/C)-(Dm/B)(Bbmaj7)-(A7-10)
(Fmaj9)(Bbmaj7)-(E7)-(A) (Bbmaj9)
[Nylon Guitar:]
(Bbmaj9)-(Bb6add9)(Dm)-(C#aug)-(Dm/C)-(Dm/B)
(Bbmaj9)(Bb6/C)-(B6/C#)-(Bb6/C)

Gloria 2
Glo-o-o-(C7)oria! [Let the whole world sing]
(F)Gloria! [To the newborn King!]
(C7)Gloria! [Ev’rybody knows it’s (F)Christmas time!]
Woh-oh-oh-oh, (C7)Gloria! [Full of love and cheer,]
(F)Gloria! [A very special time of (C7)year,] Gloria! [and now it’s here!]
It’s (Bb)Christmas (Gm7)time, (Bb)Christmas (Gm7)time!(C7sus4)

Verse 4
So (F)ding, dong, merrily on high,
In (Bb)Heaven the bells (C)are (F)ringing.
(F)Ding, (Bb)dong, verily the (C)sky
Is (Bb)filled with (C)angels (F)singing: [Woh-oh-oh ...]

Chorus 4
(F)Glo-o-o-o-o-o, (C7)O-o-o-o-o-o
(F)O-o-o-o-o-o, (C)O-o-o-o-o-o
(Bb)O-o-o-o-o-o, (C)O-ria,
Ho(Bb)sanna (C)in ex(F)celsis!

Gloria 3
Woh-oh-oh, (C7)Gloria! [Yes, it’s Christmas time,]
(F)Gloria! [Time to laugh and sing,]
Oh, (C7)Gloria! [Ev’rybody say, "Hosanna"]
(F)Hosanna! [Hosanna to the King!]
Oh, (C7)Gloria! [Joyful sounds all around you a(F)gain,]
Gloria! [Now it’s here, it’s that time of year!]
Oh-oh, (C7)Gloria! [Ev’rybody knows] it’s (F)Christmas time, Christmas time!

(Gm7)-(F)

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