Carol of the Bells

Carol, Ukraine.

By Mykola Leontovich
Arranged by Peter Wilhousky
Copyright 1936, Carl Fischer, Llc

“Carol of the Bells” is a popular Christmas carol, composed by Mykola Leontovych with lyrics by Peter J. Wilhousky. The song is based on a folk chant known in Ukrainian as “Shchedryk”.

It was associated with the coming New Year which, in pre-Christian Ukraine, was originally celebrated with the coming of spring in April.

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (7 vote(s), average: 3.71 out of 5)
Loading...

 

Karaoke Video with Lyrics


 

Lyrics

Hark how the bells,
sweet silver bells,
all seem to say,
throw cares away

Christmas is here,
bringing good cheer,
to young and old,
meek and the bold,

Ding dong ding dong
that is their song
with joyful ring
all caroling

One seems to hear
words of good cheer
from everywhere
filling the air

Oh how they pound,
raising the sound,
o”er hill and dale,
telling their tale,

Gaily they ring
while people sing
songs of good cheer,
Christmas is here,

Merry, merry, merry, merry Christmas,
Merry, merry, merry, merry Christmas,
On on they send,
on without end,
their joyful tone
to every home
Dong Ding dong ding… dong! Dong!

Click here for more free printable Christmas lyrics.

 


 

Click on the button to download a PDF file with lyrics to this song for free.

 


 

Free karaoke MP3 download

To download your free instrumental mp3 of this song, click or tap on the following button, then choose “Save link as…”

“Carol of the Bells” (instrumental, 1:40 – 3/4 – 161 bpm)

This composition is copyrighted | Licensing by Singing Bell is not available.

 

 


 

Free karaoke MP3 download (extended version)

To download your free instrumental mp3 of this song, click or tap on the following button, then choose “Save link as…”

“Carol of the Bells (extended)” (instrumental, 1:50 – 3/4 – 161 bpm)

This composition is copyrighted | Licensing by Singing Bell is not available

 

 


Singing Christmas with Our Kids on iTunes

Listen to our amazing NEW “Singing Christmas with Our Kids Vol. 1” album and buy for only 9.99$/€

 


 

Click on the button to watch a piano tutorial video and download a PDF file with music score of this song for free.

 

CarolOfTheBells_SingingBell

Click here for more free Christmas sheet music.


 

Song History

With the introduction of Christianity to Ukraine, and the adoption of the Julian calendar, the celebration of the New Year was moved from April to January, and the holiday with which the chant was originally associated became the Feast of Epiphany

The original Ukrainian text tells the tale of a swallow flying into a household to proclaim the plentiful and bountiful year that the family will have. The title is derived from the Ukrainian word for “bountiful”. The period for the birth of animals and the return of swallows to Ukraine, however, does not correspond to the current calendar season of winter.It was introduced to Western audiences by the Ukrainian National Chorus during its concert tour of Europe and the Americas, where it premiered in the United States on October 5, 1921 at Carnegie Hall. A copyrighted English text was created by Peter Wilhousky in the 1930s, and since then it has been performed and sung during the Christmas season.

 

Carol of the Bells | Free Christmas Carols & Songs

Carol of the Bells | Free Christmas Carols & Songs

 

You may also like:

The Little Drummer Boy

Jingle Bells

The Coventry Carol

This Post Has One Comment

  1. emblone

    Excellent Website. I had ever visit.God Bless. 

Leave a Reply