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I Believe In Father Christmas Chords

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I Believe in Father Christmas
Greg Lake
www.greglake.com

This is a slightly simplified arrangement (without the intro), but rather more accurate
than my first attempt (which was done from memory), now I have a copy of the song with
which to compare it. I suggest using "Drop-D" tuning - i.e. Bass E string tuned down a
tone, in which case the chords are as follows:

         DADGBE
D:       000232
Dsus2:   000230
D6:      000202
A:       x02220
A7:      x02020
G:       5x0003
G6:      5x0000
C:       x32010
Em7:     222030

I've now updated the tab to include the Troika Theme from Prokofiev's Lieutenant Kije
between the verses (I originally thought it was so simple anyone could work it out by
ear, but going by a certain other contribution I see that apparently it's not!)

---

[Dsus2][Dsus2][Dsus2][Dsus2]

[G] They said_[D]__ there'll be [Em7]snow at [D]Christmas,
[G] They said_[D]__ there'll be [Em7]peace on [D]earth,
[G] But in[D]stead it just [Em7]kept on [D]raining,
[G] A veil of [D]tears for [Em7]the Virgin [D]birth.

[C] I re[G]member one [D]Christmas morning,
[C] The Winter's [G]light and a [D]distant choir,
And the [D]peal of a [A]bell and that [G]Christmas tree [D]smell,
And [D]eyes full of [G6]tinsel and [Dsus2]fire.

{--Troika Theme--}
           D        G        D6       D
e|--------|--------|--------|--------|--------|
B|--------|3-2-0-2-|3-------|--------|--------|
G|------2-|--------|----4---|2---4---|----2---|
D|--------|--------|--------|--------|4-------|
A|--------|--------|--------|--------|--------|
D|--------|--------|--------|--------|--------|

  G        D        A        A
e|--------|--------|--------|--------|
B|--------|3---2-3-|--------|--------|
G|4-2-0---|--------|2-------|----0---|
D|--------|--------|--------|------4-|
A|--------|--------|--------|--------|
D|--------|--------|--------|--------|

  G6       D        A7       D
e|--------|--------|--------|--------|
B|--------|--------|--------|----3---|
G|----4---|2---0---|2--0--0-|2-----4-|
D|2-------|--------|----4---|--------|
A|--------|--------|--------|--------|
D|--------|--------|--------|--------|

  G        A        Dsus2    Dsus2
e|--------|--------|--------|--------|
B|--------|--------|--------|--------|
G|0-----0-|2---2---|--------|--------|
D|----4---|--------|0-------|--------|
A|--------|--------|--------|--------|
D|--------|--------|--------|--------|


[G] They sold_[D]__ me a [Em7]dream of [D]Christmas,
[G] They sold_[D]__ me A [Em7]silent [D]night,
[G] They told_[D]__ me A [Em7]fairy [D]story,
[G] 'Til I be[D]lieved in the [Em7]Israe[D]lite.

[C] And I be[G]lieved in [D]Father Christmas,
And I [C]looked to the [G]sky with ex[D]cited eyes,
Then I [D]woke with a [A]yawn in the [G]first light of [D]dawn,
And I [D]saw him and [G6]through his dis[Dsus2]guise.

{--Repeat Troika Theme--}
[D][G][D6][D]
[G][D][A][A]
[G6][D][A7][D]
[G][A][Dsus2][Dsus2]

[G] I wish_[D]__ you A [Em7]hopeful [D]Christmas,
[G] I wish_[D]__ you a [Em7]brave New [D]Year,
[G] All an_[D]__guish, [Em7]pain and [D]sadness,
[G] Leave your [D]heart and let your [Em7]road be [D]clear.

[C] They [G]said there'd be [D]snow at Christmas,
[C] They [G]said there'd be [D]peace on earth,
Halle[D]lujah! No[A]el!, be it [G]Heaven or [D]Hell,
The [D]Christmas we [G6]get, we de[D]serve.

           D        G        D6       D
e|--------|--------|--------|--------|--------|
B|--------|3-2-0-2-|3-------|--------|--------|
G|------2-|--------|----4---|2---4---|----2---|
D|--------|--------|--------|--------|4-------|
A|--------|--------|--------|--------|--------|
D|--------|--------|--------|--------|--------|

  G        D        A        A
e|--------|--------|--------|--------|
B|--------|3---2-3-|--------|--------|
G|4-2-0---|--------|2-------|----0---|
D|--------|--------|--------|------4-|
A|--------|--------|--------|--------|
D|--------|--------|--------|--------|

  G6       D        A7       D
e|--------|--------|--------|--------|
B|--------|--------|--------|----3---|
G|----4---|2---0---|2--0--0-|2-----4-|
D|2-------|--------|----4---|--------|
A|--------|--------|--------|--------|
D|--------|--------|--------|--------|

  G        A        Dsus2    Dsus2
e|--------|--------|--------|--------|
B|--------|--------|--------|--------|
G|0-----0-|2---2---|--------|----0---|
D|----4---|--------|0-------|------4-|
A|--------|--------|--------|--------|
D|--------|--------|--------|--------|

  G6       D        A7       D
e|--------|--------|--------|--------|
B|--------|--------|--------|----3---|
G|----4---|2---0---|2--0--0-|2-----4-|
D|2-------|--------|----4---|--------|
A|--------|--------|--------|--------|
D|--------|--------|--------|--------|

  G        A        D
e|--------|--------|2-------|--------|
B|--------|--------|3-------|--------|
G|0-----0-|2---2---|2-------|--------|
D|----4---|--------|0-------|--------|
A|--------|--------|0-------|--------|
D|--------|--------|0-------|--------|


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brian molko wrote on December 14 2005, 09:21 am

alright but kind of lacking in detail, Not brilliant on the bits it has got either!

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JonPebble wrote on December 14 2005, 09:30 am

Lacking in detail? It's a "chords" type tab, not a full guitar tab version. There's enough information to play the song sufficiently to be able to sing along to it - what more detail do you need?

Ok, some of the chords might be wrong, but which ones?

(After all, I did tab it from memory, and haven't heard the song for at least a year - however, as it happens, today I receive my order of The Ultimate Collection by Emerson Lake and Palmer, so I will check it.)

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brian molko wrote on December 14 2005, 10:18 am

i gave it 3, i think thats fair, not amazing but definately workable

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