In the Bleak Midwinter chords
by The Priests
- Composer: Gustav Holst
- Lyrics: Christina Rossetti, 1872
- Performance: The Priests - a classical musical group, made up of three Roman Catholic priests from the Diocese of Down and Connor in Northern Ireland - Fr. Eugene and his brother Fr. Martin O'Hagan, and Fr. David Delargy.
- Album: Noel
- Music: Key of F Major in 4/4 time at ~ 84 bpm (♩)
- Chords: F, Gm, Gm7, Bb, C, C7, Dm
- The easiest key for beginners is C major . If you want to play with the video, you will need a Capo on the 5th fret .
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings R: Root Note
Unmarked strings: Play open X: Don't play string B: Bass Note
In the Bleak MidwinterSong Key is highlighted - Transpose to any other key
Intro: 4/4 | | | | | F Dm 1. In the bleak mid-winter Gm F Gm7 C7 Fros-ty wind made | moan - | F Dm Earth stood hard as i-ron, Bb C7 F Wa-ter like a stone; Bb F7 Bb Dm Snow had fal-len, snow on snow, F Bb C Snow-ow o-on snow, F Dm In the bleak mid-winter Bb C7 F Lo-ong long a-go. | | F Dm 2. God, Hea-ven can-not hold Him Gm F Gm7 C7 Nor the earth su-|stain - | F Dm Hea-ven and earth shall flee a-way Bb C7 F When He comes to reign: Bb F7 Bb Dm In the bleak mid-win - ter F Bb C A stable-place suf-ficed F Dm The Lo-ord God Al-migh-ty, Bb C7 F Bb C7 Je-e-su-us Christ. | - | (Missing Verse) F Dm 3. E-nough for Him, whom cher-u-bim Gm F Gm7 C7 Wor-ship night and | day - | F Dm A breast-ful of milk, Bb C7 F And a man-ger-ful of hay; Bb F7 Bb Dm E-nough for Him, whom an - gels F Bb C Fall down be-fore, F Dm The ox and ass and ca-mel Bb C7 F Whi-ich a- a-dore. F Dm 4. An-gels and arch-an-gels Gm F Gm7 C7 May have ga-thered | there - | F Dm Che-ru-bim and se-ra-phim Bb C7 F Thro-o-onged the air Bb F7 Bb Dm But His mo-ther on - ly F Bb C In her mai-den bliss F Dm Wor-shipped the Be-lo-ved Bb C7 F Wi-ith a-a kiss. F Dm 5. What can I give Him, Gm F Gm7 C7 Poor as I | am? - | F Dm If I were a she-pherd Bb C7 F I would bring a lamb; Bb F7 Bb Dm If I were a wise man F Bb C I would do my part; F Dm Yet what I can, I give Him Bb C7 F Gi-ive my-y heart...
Gm7 C7 | - | Play Gm7 for 2 beats and C7 for 2 beats The same applies to Bb C7 | 1&2& - 3&4& |
Beginners can also try the key of G major which also uses easy chords. The reason I didn't suggest this key earlier is that if you want to play with the video, the Capo would need to be placed on the 10th fret.
Depending on the type of guitar you have, there would need to be at least 5 playable frets beyond the 10th fret to ensure clarity and comfort. You may find yourself slightly cramped for space and the sound of the chords may be pitched a little high, but if you have the room, try it.