The Christmas Song chords
by Nat King Cole
- Music & Lyrics: Robert Wells & Mel Tormé
- Date: 1944
- Original Published Key: C Major
- First Recorded: 1946 by Nat King Cole
- Music: C Major in 4/4 time at ~72 bpm (♩)
- Chords: C, C6, C7, Dm7, Eb, Ebmaj7, E, F, Fmaj7, Fm7, F#m7, G7, Gm7, Am, Am7, Bb7, B7
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings R: Root Note
Unmarked strings: Play open X: Don't play string B: Bass Note
The Christmas Song
Capo on 1 if playing with the videoSong Key is highlighted - Transpose to any other key
C6 G7 C6 Dm7 1. Chest-nuts roas-ting on an o-pen fire C6 Gm7 C7 F Bb7 Jack Frost nip-ping at your nose Am Am7 Bb7 C F#m7 B7 Yule-tide car-ols being sung by a choir E Fm7 Bb7 Eb Dm7 G7 And folks dressed up like Es-ki-mos____Ev'-ry-bo-dy C6 G7 C6 F 2. Knows a tur-key and some mis-tle-toe C6 Gm7 C7 F Bb7 Help to make the sea-son bright Am Am7 Bb7 C F#m7 B7 Ti-ny tots with their eyes all a-glow Em7 A7 Dm7 G7 C6 Will find it hard to sleep to - night Gm7 C7 Fmaj7 Bridge: They know that San - ta's on his way Gm7 C7 Fmaj7 He's loa-ded lots of toys and goo-dies on his sleigh Fm7 Bb7 Ebmaj7 And every mo-ther's child is gon-na spy Am7 D7 Ab7 G7 To see if rein-deer real-ly know how to fly C6 G7 C6 G7 3. And so I'm of-fe-ring this sim-ple phrase C6 Gm7 C7 F Bb7 To kids from one to nine-ty-two Am7 Bb7 C Am7 F#m7 Al-though it's been said ma-ny times, ma-ny ways F7 C Dm7 G7 C6 Mer-ry Christ-mas to you Instrumental: Repeat Bridge C6 G7 C6 G7 4. And so I'm of-fe-ring this sim-ple phrase C6 Gm7 C7 F Bb7 To kids from one to nine-ty-two Am7 Bb7 C Am7 F#m7 Al-though it's been said ma-ny times, ma-ny ways F7 C Dm7 G7 C6 Mer-ry Christ-mas to you...
Although the video is included, many of you may find it difficult to play along with due to the free singing style of Nat King Cole. Sometimes he comes in, on, or after the beat making it quite difficult to follow. He sings it as he feels it... and beautifully may I add!
If you find yourself in this situation, it may be easier to follow the orchestra, although that may be a little tricky as well. Due to the song's slow pace, there is a great deal of room for 'poetic license'... the orchestra included!
If you are familiar with the tune, you may prefer to play without the video... much easier.