Can Anyone Help with the Lyrics to a Norwegian Christmas Song called “Christmas Bells”?

Ed wrote:

Lisa,

I sing in a choral club which is sponsored by Travelers Insurance, in Hartford, Connecticut. It is the oldest company sponsored choral club in the country. This Christmas we are doing a piece called Christmas Bells, which is a Norwegian Folk Carol. I am wondering if you posted the lyrics and midi of this piece someone might recognize it and provide the Norwegian words to it. I have no idea if the English words are a translation of the original or the lyricist just came up with words that matched the tune. The tune however, is quite nice and would be a very good children’s song.

Thanks

Ed

Here are the lyrics Ed sent me:

Christmas Bells

Christmas is coming and sleigh bells are jingling and
Faces are tingling in frost and in snow
Riding along with the reindeer together in
Cold frosty weather we sing as we go.

See! The lights of the home are glowing;
Warmth and welcome clear they’re showing.

Journey’s end comes soon in sight, with the sleigh bells
A jingle in the bright starry night.

Listen to the midi tune of Christmas Bells

If anyone can help with the Norwegian lyrics to this song, please comment below or email me.

Thanks!

Lisa

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5 Responses to “Can Anyone Help with the Lyrics to a Norwegian Christmas Song called “Christmas Bells”?”

  1. Dreams Says:

    Hey ,

    Check this site for Christmas song lyrics
    Christmas Songs Lyrics

  2. Ed Gawlinski Says:

    I got an email from the publisher
    hinshaw@hinshawmusic.com

    Thank you for your inquiry. We have no further information on Christmas Bells regarding origin. It was sent from Mr. Rutter as a Norwegian folk carol.
    Wish we could have helped more.
    Lisa, Customer Service

    So I don’t know if the lyrics written by John Rutter has anything to do with the original Norwegian Lyrics or of the title (Christmas Bells) has anything to do with the originl Norwegian title.

  3. Lisa Says:

    Susan Sande wrote:

    Hi

    I see you asked about the tune you are using for singing a song called “Christmas Bells”. I can tell you the original tune is a traditional Norwegian folk tune “Pål sine høner” (Paul and his chickens). It’s a delightful, fun song that old & young alike love to sing. I can certainly see why someone would write Christmas words to the melody. Hopefully, they acknowledged they just set new words to an old, old tune. The tune never had any Christmas words to it in Norway.

    Let me know if you need, or would like, all the original Norwegian words about Paul and His Chickens.

    Susan Sande

    I wrote back to Susan letting her know I would be thrilled to receive the lyrics to “Pål sine høner” (Paul and His Chickens) in the original Norwegian and with an English translation. She sent them to me and I posted them both on the Mama Lisa’s World Norway Pages. Click the link to see the song. Now if anyone would like to sing it for us, of course we’d love to post a recording along with the words!

    Many thanks to Susan Sande!

    -Mama Lisa

  4. Line Says:

    Hei Lisa.

    I belive the song you want is “Bjelleklang” ? And I belive that the tune, are the same as “jinglebells”

    Lyrics: By Arne Bendiksen.

    Bjelleklang, bjelleklang
    over skog og hei!
    Hør på bjellens muntre klang,
    når Blakken drar i vei!
    Følg oss ut! Følg oss ut
    over mo og myr
    Der hvor veien slynger seg
    i skogens eventyr.

    Kom nå og bli med til stallen skal du se
    At Blakken blir så glad når vi skal dra av sted
    Så tar vi vognen frem og legger selen på
    Og Blakken vrinsker glad mot deg
    Hu-Hei, hvor det skal gå!

    Bjelleklang, bjelleklang
    over skog og hei!
    Hør på bjellens muntre klang,
    når Blakken drar i vei!
    Følg oss ut! Følg oss ut
    over mo og myr
    Der hvor veien slynger seg
    i skogens eventyr.

    Det klinger over veien en munter melodi
    Som fuglene i heien så lystig stemmer i.

    Bjelleklang, bjelleklang
    over skog og hei!
    Hør på bjellens muntre klang,
    når Blakken drar i vei!

    Line, Norway

  5. Jim Heberling Says:

    Christmas Bells
    Can you tell me the lyrics in Norwegian?

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