The church that I go to is having a big service day today. For my project, I decided to create some free sheet music. One of my favorite Christmas songs is, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” which is a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. He wrote it a couple years after his wife died from a tragic accident, and his son was part of the Union army during the Civil War. Knowing that backstory, I feel like it makes the song even more powerful.
Even though I love the words, I’m not a fan of the tune in our church’s hymn book. So, I wrote down the lyrics of the poem to the melody of “The Water is Wide.” Here’s two lead sheets in G and D. They have just the melody, lyrics and chords for guitar players.
I also wrote out a vocal part to be sung to a piano arrangement of “The Water is Wide” by Christopher Ruck, which you can purchase for $4 here.
After you’ve bought the piano part, you can download the vocal part:
Happy Service Day and Merry Christmas!