I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day Lyrics

Johnny Cash


publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Justin Robert Cash
album: Track 2 in album The Christmas Spirit
release date: 1963-11
popularity : 6 users have visited this page.
genres: Folk, World, & Country
styles: Country/Ballad/Easy Listening
length: 2:32
composer: John Baptiste Calkin
lyricist: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Cover Art

Johnny Cash The Christmas Spirit cover art
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I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth goodwill to men.

I thought how as the day had come
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along unbroken song
Of peace on earth goodwill to men.

And in despair I bowed my head
There is no peace on earth I said
For hate is strong that mocks the song
Of peace on earth goodwill to men.

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep
God is not dead, nor doubt he sleeps
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
With peace on earth goodwill to men.

'Til ringin' singin' on its way
The world revolve from night to day
A voice, a chime, a chance so blind,
On earth goodwill to men.

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep
God is not dead nor doubt he sleeps
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
With peace on earth goodwill to men.


Track Listing


12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 The Christmas Spirit
  • 2 I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
  • 3 Blue Christmas
  • 4 The Gifts They Gave
  • 5 Here Was a Man
  • 6 Christmas as I Knew It
  • 7 Silent Night
  • 8 The Little Drummer Boy
  • 9 Ringing the Bells for Jim
  • 10 We Are the Shepherds
  • 11 Who Kept the Sheep
  • 12 The Ballad of the Harp Weaver