Jingle Bells, originally titled One Horse Open Sleigh, is one of the most famous non-religious Christmas songs in the world. It was written in 1857 by the American James Pierpont (1822-1893) for theThanksgiving-feast in the Church of Savannah, Georgia. The song directly on beat, and was repeated at Christmas.
The first verse and chorus are the most well-remembered sections of "Jingle Bells":
- Dashing through the snow
- In a one horse open sleigh
- O'er the fields we go
- Laughing all the way
- Bells on bob tail * ring (or Hear our voices ring)
- Making spirits bright
- What fun it is to laugh and sing (or What fun it is to ride and sing)
- A sleighing song tonight
- Jingle bells, jingle bells,
- Jingle all the way;
- Oh! what fun [joy] it is to ride
- In a one-horse open sleigh.