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Jingle Bells


Jingle Bells is one of the best-known and commonly sung American Christmas songs in the world. It was written by James Lord Pierpont. This page provides the lyrics and information about the song.

Jingle Bells

Level

Beginners and intermediate students.

Facts about the song

  • Song: Jingle Bells
  • Date: The original song was written in 1857
  • Genre: Christmas Song
  • Writer: James Lord Pierpont

Interesting information about the song

Although it is now associated with the Christmas and holiday season, it was actually originally written by James Lord Pierpont in 1857 for American Thanksgiving.

The song

The video

The lyrics

The modern lyrics differ slightly from the original song.

Modern Lyrics

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

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh

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 got into a drifted bank
And then we got upsot

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh yeah

Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh

Language points

The song includes many examples of the present participle. Here are some expressions that may be useful to students:

  • Dashing through the snow
  • Laughing all the way
  • Making spirits bright

Source: Wikipedia

More lyrics here

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