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O Holy Night

Sufjan Stevens

from the album Songs for Christmas released in 2006

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Lyrics

Intro

C ..... C ..... C ..... C .....

Verse

C F C O holy night... the stars are brightly shining C G C It is the night of our dear savior's birth C F C Long lay the world... in sin and error pining Em B7 Em 'Til he appeared and the soul felt its worth

Pre-Chorus

G C A thrill of hope, the weary soul rejoices G C For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn

Chorus

Am Em Dm Am Fall----- on your knees------- O hear the angel voices C G C F C G C O night-------- divine-------- O night----- when Christ was born G C F C G C O night-------- divine-------- O night----- O night divine

Instrumental Break

C ..... C ..... F ..... C ..... C ..... C ..... G ..... C ..... C ..... (played twice)

Verse

C F C Truly he taught us to love one another C G C His law is love and his gospel is peace C F C Chains shall he break, for the slave is our brother Em B7 Em And in his name all oppression shall cease

Pre-Chorus

G C Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus rise we G C Let all within us praise his holy name

Chorus

(louder) Am Em Dm Am Fall----- on your knees------- O hear the angel voices C G C F C G C O night-------- divine-------- O night----- when Christ was born G C F C G C O night-------- divine-------- O night----- O night divine (quieter) Am Em Dm Am Fall----- on your knees------- O hear the angel voices C G C F C G C O night-------- divine-------- O night----- when Christ was born G C F C G C O night-------- divine-------- O night----- O night divine (let final C ring to end)

Notes & Tabs

Guitar Chords Used

Here is how to play the guitar chords used in this song.

e-|---0----1----3----0----0----1----2----
B-|---1----1----0----0----1----3----0----
G-|---0----2----0----0----2----2----2----
D-|---2----3----0----2----2----0----1----
A-|---3----3----2----2----0---------2----
E-|--------1----3----0-------------------
      C    F    G    Em   Am   Dm   B7 

Props to the Original Songwriter

Of course, I am aware that Sufjan Stevens is not the original writer of this song. I give him credit here only because it is his version I enjoy the most, and his version I model my playing after. For info about this song and its original author, see the entry on Wikipedia.

Videos

Sufjan Stevens Album Version

Here is an video/audio clip of the Sufjan Stevens version of this song from his Christmas album. Listen along for reference.



Chord Progressions

Intro

| C . . . . . | C . . . . . | C . . . . . | C . . . . . |

Verse

"O holy night, the stars..."
| C . . . . . | C . . . . . | F . . . . . | C . . . . . | C . . . . . |
| C . . . . . | G . . . . . | C . . . . . | C . . . . . |
"Long lay the world, in sin..."
| C  . . . . . | C  . . . . . | F  . . . . . | C  . . . . . | C . . . . . |
| Em . . . . . | B7 . . . . . | Em . . . . . | Em . . . . . |

Pre-Chorus

"A thrill of hope, the weary soul rejoices..."
| G . . . . . | G . . . . . | C . . . . . | C . . . . . |
| G . . . . . | G . . . . . | C . . . . . | C . . . . . |

Chorus

"Fall on your knees, oh hear..."
| Am . . . . . | Am . . . . . | Em . . . . . | Em . . . . . . |
| Dm . . . . . | Dm . . . . . | Am . . . . . | Am . . . . . . |
"O night, divine..." (first time)
| C . . . . . | G . . . . . | C . . . . . | F . . . . . |
| C . . . . . | G . . . . . | C . . . . . | C . . . . . |
"O night, divine..." (second time)
| G . . . . . | G . . . . . | C . . . . . | F . . . . . |
| C . . . . . | G . . . . . | C . . . . . | C . . . . . |

Song Info

Song: O Holy Night
Artist: Sufjan Stevens
Album: Songs for Christmas
Year: 2006
Label: Asthmatic Kitty

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My name is David Potsiadlo, and I created Songnotes to share my collection of guitar tabs, chords, and lyrics for my favorite songs.

Since I started playing guitar over 10 years ago, I've often been frustrated by the preponderance of mediocre and incomplete song tabs littered across the internet. To combat this, I started keeping my own collection of notes for each song I learn -- always taking the extra time to make sure accuracy and completeness are never compromised. Years later, my collection grew to the point where I knew I had to share it online with fellow aspiring musicians.

In December 2012, I began designing & developing a website that became Songnotes. Here, I share my personal collection of hand-crafted music notation with all those online. I hope you enjoy.

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