Friday Fun Link – Sad Jingle Bells

This video takes one of the happiest Christmas songs and turns it sad by playing it in a minor key…

I’ve also long believed that you can make this popular jaunty carol into a pretty sad one, simply be reworking the lyrics from present to past tense, changing the odd word and singing all verses (not just the well-known first one) at a much slower tempo.

Suddenly, that fun, bouncy song becomes clearer as a sad lament for a woman injured in an unfortunate sleigh accident! đŸ˜‰

[Verse 1]
We were dashing through the snow
In a one-horse open sleigh
O’er the fields we went
We were laughing all the way
The bells on bobtails rang
They made our spirits bright
What fun it was to ride and sing
A sleighing song that night

[Chorus]
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh what fun it was to ride
In that one-horse open sleigh, hey
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh what fun it was to ride
In that one-horse open sleigh

[Verse 2]
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
He drove into a drifted bank
And then we got upsot

[Chorus]
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh what fun it was to ride
In that one-horse open sleigh, hey
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh what fun it was to ride
In that one-horse open sleigh[Verse 3]
A day or two ago
The story I must tell
I went out on the snow
And on my back I fell
A gent was riding by
In a one-horse open sleigh
He laughed as there I bawling lie
But he quickly drove away.

[Chorus]
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh what fun it was to ride
In that one-horse open sleigh, hey
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh what fun it was to ride
In that one-horse open sleigh

[Verse 4]
Now the ground is red and white
Go it while you’re young
Take the girls tonight
And sing this sleighing song
Just get a bobtailed bay
Two forty as his speed
Hitch him to an open sleigh
And crack, you’ll take the lead[Chorus]
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh what fun it was to ride
In that one-horse open sleigh, hey
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh what fun it was to ride
In that one-horse open sleigh

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