Marks, Johnny – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer



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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Johnny Marks


Chord Guide

       32 1

C:    x32010


Bm:   x24432


Am:  x02210

      3    4

G:    3x0003


Em:   022000

       1 2

A7:  x02020


D7:   xx0212


D:    xx0232


        B   D U B   D U

Strum:  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   w/swing feel


Intro (Play freely, one strum/chord):

                 C                 Bm            Am           G

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen

  C               Bm          Am            G

Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen

  Em           Am

But do you recall

               A7                       D7

The most famous reindeer of all?


w/strum pattern:

  G (3)

Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer


Had a very shiny nose

 D (3)

And if you ever saw it


You would even say it glows

G (3)

All of the other reindeer


Used to laugh and call him names

    D (3)

They never let poor Rudolph


Join in any reindeer games


    C                      G

Then one foggy Christmas Eve

  C                   G

Santa came to say:

   D (2)

"Rudolph with your nose so bright

   A7                         D7

Won't you guide my sleigh tonight?"

    G (3)

Then how the reindeer loved him.


As they shouted out with glee:

   D (3)

"Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer

                                 G (hold 3rd beat)

You'll go down in history"