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Deck the Halls


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Deck the halls with boughs of holly
Fa la la la la, la la la la
Tis the season to be jolly
Fa la la la la, la la la la

Don we now our gay apparel
Fa la la, la la la, la la la
Troll the ancient Yule tide carol
Fa la la la la, la la la la

See the blazing Yule before us
Fa la la la la, la la la la
Strike the harp and join the chorus
Fa la la la la, la la la la

Follow me in merry measure
Fa la la la la, la la la la
While I tell of Yule tide treasure
Fa la la la la, la la la la

Fast away the old year passes
Fa la la la la, la la la la
Hail the new, ye lads and lasses
Fa la la la la, la la la la

Sing we joyous, all together
Fa la la la la, la la la la
Heedless of the wind and weather
Fa la la la la, la la la la


The music to Deck the Halls comes from Wales, possibly from the 16th century. The fa-la-la refrains were probably originally played on the harp.


In the 18th century the melody spread widely across Europe. Even Mozart used it in his piano and violon composition, commonly identified as Sonata No. 18.


The English words generally sung today are American in origin. The author is unknown. The first publication date of Deck the Halls is 1881.


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