The First Noel

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Traditional Music
Traditional Lyrics

VERSE 1

A7  D     Bm A G   D      G   D 
The first Noel the angels did say,

G      D       A7   D   G     A7 D         A7   D 
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay;

A7 D      Bm    D    G   D       G     D 
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep,

G    D       A7    D G   A7   D   A7 D 
On a cold winter's night that was so deep.

A7 D Bm F#m D G     D 
Noel Noel,  Noel, Noel,

Bm   D  G   D G  A7 D A7 D 
Born is the King of Israel. 

  
VERSE 2

A7   D   Bm A  G   D   G D 
They looked up and saw a star,

G       D  A7  D G  A7 D   A7   D 
Shining in the east beyond them far,

A7  D  Bm  D     G  D    G     D 
And to the earth it gave great light,

G   D     A7 D  G   A7   D   A7  D 
And so it continued both day and night.

A7 D Bm F#m D G     D 
Noel Noel,  Noel, Noel,

Bm   D  G   D G  A7 D A7 D 
Born is the King of Israel. 

  
VERSE 3

A7  D  Bm  A     G  D    G    D 
And by the light of that same star, 

G     D    A7  D G  A7   D   A7  D 
Three Wise Men came from country far;

A7 D    Bm    D    G   D     G D 
To seek for a king was their intent, 

G      D      A7  D G  A7  D    A7 D 
And to follow the star wherever it went.

A7 D Bm F#m D G     D 
Noel Noel,  Noel, Noel,

Bm   D  G   D G  A7 D A7 D 
Born is the King of Israel. 

  
VERSE 4

A7   D    Bm   A    G  D   G    D 
This star drew nigh to the northwest, 

G    D   A7 D  A7 D    A7  D 
O'er Bethlehem it took its rest; 

A7  D     Bm D   G    D    G   D 
And there it did both stop and stay, 

G     D    A7  D     A7    D A7  D 
Right over the place where Jesus lay.

A7 D Bm F#m D G     D 
Noel Noel,  Noel, Noel,

Bm   D  G   D G  A7 D A7 D 
Born is the King of Israel. 

  
VERSE 5

A7   D   Bm   A    G D  G D 
Then did they know assuredly,

G    D  A7   D G   A7  D    A7  D 
With in that house the King did lie;

A7  D Bm    D  G    D   G  D 
One entered in then for to see,

G   D     A7  D G  A7 D  A7 D 
And found the Babe in poverty.

A7 D Bm F#m D G     D 
Noel Noel,  Noel, Noel,

Bm   D  G   D G  A7 D A7 D 
Born is the King of Israel. 

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Instrument Chords
Banjo A Major A7 B Minor D Major F# Minor G Major
Guitar A Major A7 B Minor D Major F# Minor G Major
Mandolin A Major A7 B Minor D Major F# Minor G Major
Piano A Major A7 B Minor D Major F# Minor G Major
Ukulele A Major A7 B Minor D Major F# Minor G Major