Play The Christmas Song on Piano


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Play The Christmas Song on piano using this lesson which provides chords, lyrics, and a video breakdown.

"The Christmas Song" which is also known as "Chestnuts roasting on an Open Fire" is one of the seasons best known songs. It was written in 1944 by famous jazz vocalist Mel Torme along with help from Bob Wells.

According to BMI  "The Christmas Song" is perhaps the most performed Christmas song of all time.

The most popular recording was by Nat King Cole and his original 1946 version was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1974

I know that it is my favorite secular holiday song and I enjoy playing it in season.

I have included the definitive Nat King Cole version along with lyrics, Chord changes in the key of Eb and C major as well as a video breakdown showing some possible ways to harmonize the song in Eb.

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire
Jack Frost nipping at your nose
Yuletide carols being sung by a choir
And folks dressed up like Eskimos

Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe
Help to make the season bright
Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow
Will find it hard to sleep tonight

They know that Santa's on his way
He's loaded lots of toys and goodies on his sleigh
And every mother's child is gonna spy
To see if reindeer really know how to fly

And so I'm offering this simple phrase
To kids from one to ninety-two
Although it's been said many times
Many ways, Merry Christmas to you

And so I'm offering this simple phrase
To kids from one to ninety-two
Although it's been said many times
Many ways, Merry Christmas to you



 

If you want to Play The Christmas Song in the key of C major you will find the changes transposed from Eb to C major below.

If you would like to learn more about transposing chord changes so that you you can do it with automatically you may find the lesson on transposing music helpful.

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