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Christmas Song Acoustic chords

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In order to achieve the dramatic tension embodied in the celtic spirit, this song utilises the E5 chord shape in the open position as the basis onto which additional notes are easily played and additional rudimentary chord shapes are added. Was this info helpful? Yes No
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                                      A Christmas song                Jethro Tull

Notated by Toni Rokka  alcatones66@gmail.com

Capo placement is optional depending on which version you are playing to, but typically capo on 5th, 6th or 
7th fret

Chord shapes used: (Chord names/shapes are relative to capo position, not nut position)
G                  3X0003
D                  XX0232
Asus2              X02200
E5                 0X2400
E7sus4             000400
Esus2sus4          XX4400

Intro (Flute melody transcribed for acoustic guitar)
Single Notes: D(2s3f) F#(1s2f) G(1s3f) F#(1s2f) G(1s3f) F#(1s2f) G(1s3f) A (1s5f) A(1s5F) G(1s3f) 
                      G(1s3f) B(1s7f) D(1s10f) B(1s7f) B(1s7f) A(1s5f) G(1s3f) F#(1s2f), segue/resolve into 
chord progression G D Asus2 
  
Main Rhythmic Chord Pattern is created around the E5 chord by simply lifting up index finger which changes
 the chord shape to a E7sus4 and hammering on back again to the E5 shape. 
E5 E7sus4 (hammer on) E5 D Asus2 E5 (Repeat ad lib)

Verse 1
G       D     Asus2   E5 E7sus4 E5 E7sus4 D Asus2 E5 E7sus4 E5 Esus2sus4
Once in Royal David’s city 
G       D        Asus2   E5  Esus2sus4 E7sus4 E5 E7sus4 E5 E7sus4 D Asus2 E5 E7sus4 E5 Esus2sus4
Stood a lonely cattle    shed
G       D      Asus2    E5    E7sus4 E5 E7sus4 D Asus2  
Where a mother held her baby                                             
E5     Esus2sus4 G         D          Asus2      E5 Esus2sus4 E7sus4 E5 E7sus4 E5 E7sus4 D Asus2 E5 E7sus4 
you’d do         well to remember the things he la…a…………  ter       said 

Verse 2
E5   Esus2sus4  G            D             Asus2     E5       E7sus4 E5 E7sus4 D Asus2 E5
When you’re     stuffing yourselves at the Christmas parties
E5     Esus2sus4   G              D          Asus2  E5 Esus2sus4 E7sus4 E5   E7sus4 D Asus2 E5
You’ll just        laugh and then tell me to take a ru…un…………ning       jump 
Esus2sus4 G           D              Asus2         E5     G D E5
You’re    missing the point I’m sure does not need making
Esus2sus4  G         D        Asus2   (N.C.)            E5     E7sus4 E5 E7sus4 D Asus2 E5 E7sus4 E5 Esus2sus4
that       Christmas spirit is             not what you drink

Verse 3
Esus2sus4  G           D                 Asus2        E5      E7sus4 E5 E7sus4 D Asus2 E5 E7sus4 E5
 So        how can you laugh when you’re own mother’s hungry
 Esus2sus4 G           D               Asus2       E5  Esus2sus4  E7sus4  E5    E7sus4  D Asus2 E5
And        how can you smile when your reasons for smi..ling      are     wrong 
    Esus2sus4  G           D              Asus2       E5      E7sus4 E5 E7sus4 D Asus2 E5 E7sus4 E5
And if         I have just messed up your thoughtless pleasure 
Esus2sus4 G             D             Asus2  E5 Esus2sus4 E7sus4 E5
Re…………………member, if you wish, this is just a Christma……………as     song

(Spoken) Hey Santa, Pass us that bottle will you.
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