How To Play Angels We Have Heard On High


angel photo credit: penywise
"Angels We Have Heard on High" is a Christmas carol in the public domain. The song commemorates the story of the birth of Jesus Christ found in the Gospel of Luke, in which shepherds outside Bethlehem encounter a multitude of angels singing and praising the newborn child.
http://en.wikipedia.org

I love the group Pentatonics Video version of the song.

Key of C

C              G        C
Angels we have heard on high,
C               G           C
Singing sweetly through the night,
C                 G  C
And the mountains in reply
C             G       C
Echoing their brave delight.            

CHORUS:
C  A7  Dm  G  C  F  G
Gloria...............
C  G  C  F  G
in excelsis Deo.
C  A7  Dm  G  C  F  G
Gloria...............
C  G  C F   G    C
in excelsis Deo.

C                   G   C
Shepherds, why this jubilee?
C                  G     C
Why these songs of happy cheer?
C                     G       C
What great brightness did you see?
C                G       C
What glad tiding did you hear? 


Key of D


D     F#m      A        D
Angels we have heard on high,
 D   A   D       A         D
Sweetly singing o'er the plains,
 Bm F#m  Bm       A     D
And the mountains in reply
 D A D         A       D
Echoing their joyous strains.

chorus:
 D B Em A D G A   D  A  D  G   D  A
Glo-----------ria in excelsis Deo,
 D B Em A D G A   D  A  D  G   D  A  D
Glo-----------ria in excelsis De----o.

Key of E

E                       D2
Angels we have heard on high,
 E                       D2
Sweetly singing o'er the plains,
 E                     D2
And the mountains in reply
 E                    A2       
Echoing their joyous strains.

chorus:
 E F#m7 E/G#  A2    E     F#m7(b5)
Glo-----------ria in excelsis Deo,
 E F#m/E E F#m7(b5)/E E/A D    E//// l ///D2//
Glo-----------ria in excelsis De----o.


Key of F

F                Gm7(b5)/F
Angels we have heard on high,
Cm7(4)
Sweetly singing o'er the plains,
 Dm7              F+/C#
And the mountains in reply
 F/C            Bb    Gm7(b5)
Echoing their joyous strains.

chorus:
 F Gm7 F/A Bb2    F   Bb  F/C  Gm/C
Glo-----------ria in excelsis Deo,
 F Gm7 F/A Bb Eb Bb/D F/C Eb   F //// l /// Eb // l F
Glo-----------ria in excelsis De----o.

Key of F

F   Dm Gm7 C FM7 Bb C F C F C F B F/C  C

Refrain: Glo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - ria in Excelsis De-o (2x)



Verse 1

F        Am        Csus  C   F

Angels we have heard on high

F     C    F       F/C  C      F

sweetly singing o'er the plains

F          Am        Csus C F

and the mountains in reply

F C   F     F/A  F/C C    F

echo back their joyous strains.

(Repeat Refrain)






Verse 2

F               Am     Csus C F

Shepherds, why this  Jubilee?

F      C     F       F/C     C     F

Why your joyous strains prolong?

F             Am     Csus C   F

Say what may the tidings be,  

  F        C  F    F/A  F/C  C    F

Which inspire your heavenly song?

(Repeat Refrain)



Verse 3

  F        Am   Csus   C   F

Come to Bethlehem and see

 F     C     F        F/A     C  F

Him whose birth the angels sing;

F          Am       Csus C  F

Come, adore on bended knee

 F        C   F     F/A F/C  C     F

Christ, the Lord, the newborn King.

(Repeat Refrain)



Verse 4

F          Am  Csus C  F

See Him in a manger laid,

F  C     F        F/C      C   F

Jesus, Lord of heaven and earth!

F        Am      Csus  C   F

Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,

F  C  F    F/A  F/C  C   F

celebrate our Savior's birth.

(Repeat Refrain) 


Here are some chords charts of the same song from my other blog, http://ladydpiano.blogspot.com, along with 4 free videos.


Have a wonderful Christmas season!







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