Tra le canzoni più popolari del repertorio musicale natalizio, regna incontrastata “Jingle bells”, composta da James Lord Pierpont e pubblicata nell’autunno 1857, originariamente intitolata “One horse open sleigh”, scritta e dedicata al giorno del Ringraziamento.
Nel corso degli anni, è stata cantata e registrata da diversi artisti, tra cui: Louis Armstrong, i Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Etta James, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles, Brenda Lee, Paul Anka, Bing Crosby, Eddie Fisher, Natalie Cole, Michael Bolton, Pearl Jam, James Taylor, John Denver, Dean Martin, Peggy Lee, Lady Antebellum, Diana Krall, Pat Boone, Dolly Parton, Josè Feliciano, Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Laura Pausini, Cristina D’Avena e Michael Bublè.
Ad oggi, “Jingle bells” è una delle canzoni che vengono maggiormente eseguite durante le feste, tra le più celebri del repertorio tradizionale natalizio.
JINGLE BELLS | video
JINGLE BELLS | testo
Dashing through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh
over the fields we go, laughing all the way
bells on bobtail ring, making spirits bright
what fun it is to ride and sing a sleighing song tonight
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way.
oh, what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh.
jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way.
o, what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh.
A day or two ago I thought I’d take a ride
and soon Miss Fannie Bright was seated by my side
The horse was lean and lank, misfortune seemed his lot
he got into a drifted bank and then we got upsot
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 sprawling lie, but quickly drove away
Now the ground is white, go it while you’re young
take the girls tonight and sing this sleighing song
just get a bobtailed bay, two-forty for his speed
then hitch him to an open sleigh, and crack! you’ll take the lead