Deck the Halls

Christmas carol
First published in 1862
Words by the Scottish musician Thomas Oliphant

First verse:
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!

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"Deck the Halls" is a Christmas carol based on a traditional Welsh song with from the sixteenth century. The today known lyrics was translated into English from the Welsh lyrics by Thomas Oliphant.

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Tips on how to learn this song

Notice the AABA structure. The first two sections (bars 1-4 and 5-8) are identical and the last section (bars 13-16) is nearly the same.

The melody is played on the four highest strings and on the four first fret, which means that the whole song can be played in first position.

Lyrics and chords

Deck the Halls chords in the key of G Verse & chorus 1:
(G)Deck the halls with (Em)boughs of holly
(C)Fa la la la (G)la, (D)la la la (G)la!
(G) 'Tis the season (Em)to be jolly
(C)Fa la la la (G)la, (D)la la la (G)la!
(D) Don we now our (G)gay apparel
(Em)Fa la la la (A7)la, (D)la la la la!
(G)Troll the ancient (Em)Yuletide carol
(C)Fa la la la (G)la, (D)la la la (G)la!

Verse & chorus 2:
(G)See the blazing (Em)yule before us
(C)Fa la la la (G)la, (D)la la la (G)la!
(G)Strike the harp and (Em)join the chorus
(C)Fa la la la (G)la, (D)la la la (G)la!
(D)Follow me in (G)merry measure
(Em)Fa la la la (A7)la, (D)la la la la!
(G)While I tell of (Em)Yuletide treasure
(C)Fa la la la (G)la, (D)la la la (G)la!

Verse & chorus 3:
(G)Fast away the (Em)old year passes,
(C)Fa la la la (G)la, (D)la la la (G)la!
(G)Hail the new, ye (Em)lads and lasses,
(C)Fa la la la (G)la, (D)la la la (G)la!
(D)Sing we joyous (G)all together,
(Em)Fa la la la (A7)la, (D)la la la la!
(G)Heedless of the (Em)wind and weather,
(C)Fa la la la (G)la, (D)la la la (G)la!

Poetic and archaic words:
'tis = it is
Yuletide = Christmas

ye = you

Deck the Halls chords in the key of D Verse & chorus 1:
(D)Deck the halls with (Bm)boughs of holly
(G)Fa la la la (D)la, (A)la la la (D)la!
(D) 'Tis the season (Bm)to be jolly
(G)Fa la la la (D)la, (A)la la la (D)la!
(A) Don we now our (D)gay apparel
(Bm)Fa la la la (E7)la, (A)la la la la!
(D)Troll the ancient (Bm)yuletide carol
(G)Fa la la la (D)la, (A)la la la (D)la!

Verse & chorus 2:
(D)See the blazing (Bm)yule before us
(G)Fa la la la (D)la, (A)la la la (D)la!
(D)Strike the harp and (Bm)join the chorus
(G)Fa la la la (D)la, (A)la la la (D)la!
(A)Follow me in (D)merry measure
(Bm)Fa la la la (E7)la, (A)la la la la!
(D)While I tell of (Bm)Yuletide treasure
(G)Fa la la la (D)la, (A)la la la (D)la!

Verse & chorus 3:
(D)Fast away the (Bm)old year passes,
(G)Fa la la la (D)la, (A)la la la (D)la!
(D)Hail the new, ye (Bm)lads and lasses,
(G)Fa la la la (D)la, (A)la la la (D)la!
(A)Sing we joyous (D)all together,
(Bm)Fa la la la (E7)la, (A)la la la la!
(D)Heedless of the (Bm)wind and weather,
(G)Fa la la la (D)la, (A)la la la (D)la!

There are possibilities to change to key further by using a capo. These are the keys that the song would transpose in depending on which fret the capo is put (based on the chords in the G major version):

Based on the D major version, capo 1 would result in D# and / Ab, capo 2 would result in E and so on.

Key, time, tuning and tempo

Information about "Deck the Halls" considering musical key, time signature, tuning and bpm.

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KEY

The presented version of Deck the Halls is played in the key of G.

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Time signature

The song is played in 4/4 tempo (counted one, two, three, four for each measure).

Tuning overview

Tuning

The song is normally played in standard tuning (EADGBE).

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Tempo (BPM)

The tempo in beats per minute is 120 for the presented version.

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