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Deck the Halls - Chords, Lyrics and Origins

Origins

Deck the Halls uses a Welsh melody that dates back at least as far as the eighteenth century.  The English lyrics were first published in 1862 and are by Thomas Oliphant.

Chords

Capo at 5th Fret

G

Deck the halls with boughs of holly,

Am            G       D7      G
Fa la la la la,  la la  la   la;

G
Tis the season to be jolly,

Am            G       D7      G
Fa la la la la,  la la  la   la;


D            D7           G            D
Don we now our gay apparel,

Bm           Em         D   A7  D7
Fa la la,   la la la,   la   la    la;

G
Troll the ancient Yule tide carol,

C               G            D          G
Fa la la la la,     la  la,  la    la;

Lyrics

Deck the halls with boughs of holly,
Fa la la la la, la la la la;
Tis the season to be jolly,
Fa la la la la, la la la la;
Don we now our gay apparel,
Fa la la la la, la la la la;
Troll the ancient Yule tide carol,
Fa la la la la, la la la la;

See the blazing Yule before us,
Fa la la la la, la la la la;
Strike the harp and join the chorus.
Fa la la la la, la la la la;
Follow me in merry measure,
Fa la la la la, la la la la;
While I tell of Yule tide treasure,
Fa la la la la, la la la la;

Fast away the old year passes,
Fa la la la la, la la la la;
Hail the new, ye lads and lasses,
Fa la la la la, la la la la;
Sing we joyous, all together,
Fa la la la la, la la la la;
Heedless of the wind and weather,
Fa la la la la, la la la la;

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