Jingle Bells (James Pierpont)

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Editor: Francis Melville (submitted 2018-07-22).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 86 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: SATB unaccompanied
Arranger: Francis Melville
Editor: David R. King (submitted 2009-12-04).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 30 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Straightforward a cappella version for SATB.
  • (Posted 2006-07-31)  CPDL #12164:  IMSLP.png PDF, MIDI and Sibelius 2 files available.
Editor: Sven Dierke (submitted 2006-07-31).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 45 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: after first edition, Boston: Ditson, c. 1859
  • (Posted 2004-12-12)  CPDL #08722:  Network.png PDF, MIDI and Noteworthy Composer files available.
Editor: Marco Gallo (submitted 2004-12-12).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 36 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2000-11-27)  CPDL #01715:  Network.png GIF and MIDI files available.
Editor: Christopher R. Baker (submitted 2000-11-27).   Copyright: CC BY 1.0
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Editor: John Brown (submitted 2016-01-12).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 31 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Work may be freely copied and performed, but please credit the composer, and I'd be very happy to receive feedback.
Editor: Philipp Goldmann (submitted 2013-09-09).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 131 kB   Copyright: Personal
Arranger: Philipp Goldmann
Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SSATTB
Edition notes: vv. 1,2 & 4, plus French and German verses.
  • (Posted 2012-09-19)  CPDL #27185:      (Finale 2011)
Editor: James W. Keefe (submitted 2012-09-19).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 49 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes:
Arranger: James W. Keefe
Number of voices: 8vv   Voicing: SSAATTBB
  • (Posted 2010-11-19)  CPDL #22651:      (Finale 2007)
Editor: Angelina Figus (submitted 2010-11-19).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 60 kB   Copyright: Personal
Arranger: Angelina Figus

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SAA a cappella

Editor: Graeme Morton (submitted 2009-12-02).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 1006 kB   Copyright: Personal
Arranger: Graeme Morton
Edition notes: arr. for SATB a cappella
  • (Posted 2004-09-28)  CPDL #07940:  Network.png PDF and MIDI files available.
Editor: Adriano Secco (submitted 2004-09-28).   Score information: A4, 25 pages, 890 kB   Copyright: Personal
Arranger: Adriano Secco
Edition notes: with full orchestra, an a cappella version is also available
  • (Posted 2004-09-28)  CPDL #07939:  Network.png PDF and MIDI files available.
Editor: Adriano Secco (submitted 2004-09-28).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 488 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Arranger: Adriano Secco
, a cappella, orchestral version also available
Editor: Stefan Karpiniec (submitted 2000-12-27).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 27 kB   Copyright: Personal
Arranger: Stefan Karpiniec
Edition notes: Traditional carol

General Information

Title: Jingle Bells
Composer: James Pierpont

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularCarol

Language: English
Instruments: Piano or orchestra, and various in arrangements

First published: 1857


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Original text and translations

English.png English text

1  Dashing through the snow,
In a one-horse open sleigh,
O'er the fields we go,
Laughing all the way.
Bells on bobtail ring,
Making spirits bright,
What fun it is to ride and sing
A sleighing song tonight.

R:  Jingle bells, jingle bells,
Jingle all the way!
O what fun it is to ride
In a one-horse open sleigh.

2  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 ran into a drifted bank
And there we got upsot.


3  A day or two ago
The story I must tell
I went out in 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.

4  Now the ground is white
Go at 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
Hitch him to an open sleigh
And crack, you'll take the lead.

French.png French text

Vive le vent, vive le vent, vive le vent d´hiver
Qui s´en va sifflant, soufflant dans les grands sapins verts !
Oh! Vive le temps, vive le temps, vive le temps d´hiver
Boule de neige et Jour de l´An et bonne année grand-mère !

French.png French translation

Déboulant dans la neige
Dans un traîneau à cheval
Par les champs, nous allons
Riant tout le long du chemin
Les cloches sonnent à l'arrière
Faisant sourire les esprits
Quel plaisir de rire et de chanter
Une chanson de traîneau ce soir.

Sonnez cloches
Sonnez tout le long
Oh, quel plaisir de monter
Dans un traîneau à cheval.

Sonnez cloches
Oh entendez les cloches
Déboulant dans la neige
Il n'y a plus de peine
Quand on est dans un traîneau!

Chacun est tellement gai
On rit : Ah! Ah! Ah! tout du long
Les cloches sonnent à l'arrière
Ting et ding, Ting et ding, Ting et ding!
Déboulant dans la neige éclatante
Il fait moins dix degrés
Comme elles sonnent les cloches.

German.png German text

Zimetstern han I gern, 
Mailänderli au,

Tirggel und Spitzbuebele 
und a Ring us Willisau,

Läckerli lieben-i, 
Chräbeli no mee,

Totebeinli, Pfäffernüss’
 mit Puderzuckerschnee.