Gabriel's Message chords
- Gabriel's Message is a traditional Basque melody with English lyrics adapted from a Basque folk carol by Sabine Baring-Gould
- Performance: Matt Maher - Canadian contemporary Christian music (CCM) artist, songwriter, and worship leader from Newfoundland, Canada
- Album: The Advent Of Christmas
- Music: Key of Em in 6/6 and 9/8 time at 72 bpm (♩)
- Chords: Em, E, Eadd9, G, Gmaj7, Am, Am7, B, B7, B7sus4, C, D
- Capo: 2nd fret if playing with the video
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings R: Root Note
Unmarked strings: Play open X: Don't play string B: Bass Note
Capo on 2 if playing with the videoThe Relative Major Key of Em is highlighted (G) - Transpose to any other key.
Em Intro: 6/8 ‖ | | | ‖ Em Am B 1. The |9/8| an-gel Ga-bri-el from |6/8| hea-ven came Em Am Em His |9/8| wings as drift-ed snow, his |6/8| eyes as flame G Am B "All hail," said he, "thou low-ly mai-den Ma - ry Am B Most high-ly fa-vored la-dy," C Am B Em Glo - o - o - o - o - ri - (a) Em Am Em Am Em Am Em B Em B7 | Ah - ah | ah - ah | ah - ah | ah - ah-ah-ah | Em Am G D7 Em B7 Em B Em B7 | Ah - ah | ah - ah | ah - ah | ah - ah-ah-ah | Em Am B 2. "For |9/8| known a bles-sed moth-er |6/8| thou shalt be Em Am Em All |9/8|gen-e-ra-tions laud and |6/8| ho-nor thee G Am B Thy son shall be Em-man-u-el by seers fore-told Am B Most high-ly fa-vored maid," C Am B Em Glo - o - o - o - o - ri - (a) Em Am Em Am Em Am Em B Em B7 | Ah - ah | ah - ah | ah - ah | ah - ah-ah-ah | Em Am G D7 Em B7 Em B | Ah - ah | ah - ah | ah - ah | ah - ah-ah-ah | Am D G Gmaj7 C | Ah - ah | ah | ah - ah | ah | Am B7 Em E | Ah - ah | ah | ah - ah | ah | Am Am7 D G Gmaj7 C | Ah - ah | ah | ah - ah | ah | Am Am7 B7 Em | Ah - ah | Ah - ah-ah-ah | ah |... Em Am B 3. Then |9/8| gen-tle Ma-ry meek-ly |6/8| bowed her head Em Am Em "To |9/8| me be as it pleas-eth |6/8| God," she said G Am B "My soul shall laud and mag-ni-fy his ho-ly name" Am B Most high-ly fa-vored la-dy, C Am B Em Glo - o - o - o - o - ri - a | 𝄎 | C Am B E Em Glo - o - o - o - o - ri - a | | C Am B7sus4 Eadd9 Em Glo - o - o - o - o - ri - a | | C Am B Em Em Glo - o - o - o - o - ri - a | 𝄎 | 𝄎 | 𝄑 |
"Gabriel's Message" is a Christmas carol based on the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary by the Archangel Gabriel. It is also known as the Basque Carol, as it originated from the Basque region of Spain. The carol describes the angel's announcement to Mary that she would conceive and bear the Son of God.
The lyrics are adapted from a Basque folk carol, and the music is a traditional Basque melody. The English version of the carol was translated by Sabine Baring-Gould, an English hymn writer and folk song collector, in the late 19th century. He published the carol in his collection called "Songs of the West" in 1892.
While the music is traditional, Baring-Gould's translation is what made the carol popular in English-speaking regions. The tune has been adapted by various composers and arrangers over the years, making it a popular piece in the Christmas music repertoire.