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  • Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Music Lyrics Explained 8. Today of

  • course. It's going to be one of the first Christmas songs we're covering which is

  • Jingle Bells. It's a classic Christmas song. All right. So let's take a look at the

  • note here first. Jingle bells is one of the most famous Christmas carols. It was

  • written in 1857 . It's written a long time ago, so that's what you'll see today as

  • we cover it there is some a certain amount of words that's kind of Old

  • English. So you sometimes do wonder. Even though we sing it a lot in present time,

  • in our modern times I think even a lot of people that actually listen to it

  • listen to so many times don't realize what all the words actually mean. But

  • anyway, let's continue here. So it's written in 1857 by James Lord Pierpont.

  • Okay, and the original title was "One-horse Open Sleigh.' So the original title was

  • not Jingle Bells. It was One-Horse Open Sleigh which is

  • part of the song. Okay. So well let's, we should take a look at some of the

  • vocabulary here. Of course, sleigh is a vehicle made for sliding over snow and

  • usually pulled by dogs or horses. Yes. sleigh is usually a lot larger than sled.

  • It's probably one that you could sit on or possibly stand on. Now if you say and

  • an open sleigh of course it means has no roof or has no cover, but it is a lot

  • bigger than just usually a sled by itself. Sled is a lot smaller when small

  • children go down like a mountain and once they lie on that would be more like

  • a sled. Sleigh is a larger one like what Santa Claus has. That's kind of the idea

  • you know Santa Claus rides in a sleigh. Okay, All right. So let's let's get into the

  • vocabulary now and we will cover it. All right. So the first one here. So this

  • is how it goes. Dashing through the snow. All right here. Of

  • course you know, if we say to dash, dash means to go somewhere very quickly, very

  • fast. So dashing through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh. All right. Just

  • like we covered sleigh here. O'er the fields we go.

  • O'er this is kind of old English. We don't see this written so much anymore,

  • and actually means over. So it's also literary, which means you're more likely

  • to see this written, not spoken so much, and it really is an old-fashioned use. So

  • let's go through this again. Dashing , now remember just like I said,

  • dashing means either to run or go somewhere very quickly. So dashing

  • through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh. O'er the fields we go laughing

  • all the way, and a lot of times in the song, depending upon who recorded it,

  • or who sang it, sometimes you hear that 'ha ha ha ha. ' You know , we get when they

  • say laughing all the way. You'll actually hear laughing sounds as well. Sometimes,

  • All right. Let's continue. Bells on bobtails ring. all right. Let's look at that.

  • What's a bobtail ? A very short tail of an animal, either natural or cut. So if they

  • naturally have a small tail, that's a bobtail or maybe in the past they might

  • have cut their tails a little bit for whatever reason. Maybe, maybe it was a an

  • advantage somehow. All right. Let's , So let's continue here. So bells on bobtails ring,

  • making spirits bright. All right your spirit is your mood. So we say spirits

  • like someone's spirits is someone's mood, someone's attitude. Bright of course

  • means happy. When you say your spirit, it could be either high or low. You could be

  • in high spirits which is happy or you could be in low spirits which is not so

  • happy. But making spirits bright. Right here means happy and lively. Okay so

  • let's go over that again. Yeah so bells on bobtails ring , making spirits bright.

  • Oh what fun, what fun it is to ride and sing in a sleighing song tonight. You know,

  • basically so that's how it goes. So we're having fun in the sleigh riding. Okay and

  • then it goes into the chorus. Of course, everybody always knows the chorus. Which

  • is basically jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way. You know jingle of course

  • that that's the sound of a bells ringing together. Ding ding dinging. That's a

  • jingle. So jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all

  • the way. Oh what fun, it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh. Hey,

  • and then they had that 'hey' Again, the open sleigh, meaning that it has no cover,

  • no roof. Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way. Oh what fun it is to ride in

  • a one-horse open sleigh. You know, and then it goes on. So of course, the chorus will be

  • repeated several times throughout the song. Let's go to the second verse though.

  • This is another one wait you don't know if everybody knows this one. Okay. So we say,

  • a day or two ago, I thought I'd take a ride. Okay,

  • and soon miss Fanny Bright was seated by my side. So he's taking a ride and he's got a

  • girl, probably his girlfriend was seated next to him. The horse was lean and lank.

  • All right. Lean of course, means you know, thin looking , physically strong. Lean like

  • similar in this sense meaning slender or lean. So the horse was probably in good

  • shape. Lean and lank. Misfortune seemed his lot. All right. So

  • misfortune, Yeah bad luck. Something harmful or unpleasant that

  • happens to someone. That's what we mean by misfortune here. His lot we often say

  • like somebody's lot, meaning somebody's overall circumstance or things that

  • happen to them. We sometimes say your lot in life means that's just the

  • situation the way your luck has worked out in your life. So, so for this horse

  • this was misfortune at least on this day. Yeah. So misfortune seemed his lot . He

  • got into a drifted bank and then we got upsot. All right. So let's look at this.

  • Drifted referring to the snow. If you say drifted means it's accumulated. So it got

  • really high. A drifted bank, a long pile of snow or dirt or sand. So maybe it was

  • along the side of the road. Maybe they didn't recognize

  • side of the road or maybe the horse horse fell off the side of the road. Yes.

  • So he got into a drifted bank and then we got upsot. Upsot is also a very old

  • usage word. It means to tip over or overturn. I'm not sure most people

  • realize this is what's happening in this song The horse is overturning. They're

  • all falling down. Bad luck for this horse you know, the song sounds so cheerful. But

  • this doesn't quite fit in it. But this is part of the song. Okay. So he got into a

  • drifted bank and then we got upsot. All right. And then of course, they continue with

  • the the chorus again. You know. Jingle bells, jingle bells. All right. Let's, let's

  • go right onto the third verse. A day or two ago, the story I must tell. I went out

  • on the snow and on my back I fell. All right. So he's talking about going out

  • and he fell down and he fell down on his back laying down. Okay. And on my back I

  • fell. A gent was riding by. A gent meaning like a short for gentleman or a man. So

  • some man was riding by in a one-horse open sleigh. He , he laughed as there I

  • sprawling lie. So meaning, so the guy that is passing him as he fell down he's

  • lying on the ground with his arms his legs all stretched out. And the other guy

  • laughed at him. Like hahaha and didn't stop just kept going. Again I don't know if

  • most people realize this is part of the song. He laughed as there I sprawling lie,

  • but quickly drove away. And he just kept going. Just left him there like haha

  • look at you. Haha Didn't stop to see are you hurt ?

  • Are you okay ? But anyway, that's, that's the song. But the song sounds so cheerful. Really

  • and then of course we go into the chorus again. Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle

  • all the way. All right and then we're up to the the

  • last verse basically. He says now the ground is white. Go it while you're

  • young. So if the ground is white. It means it snowed, a lot of snow on the ground go it

  • while you're young. Well, go out and have fun in this snow, especially when

  • you're younger. Maybe when you're older, you won't enjoy

  • this snow as much. Yeah. Take the girls tonight and, and sing, and yeah and sing

  • to sleighing song. Basically. Yeah just, just get a bob-tailed bay. All right. A

  • bobtail bay. Again we covered bobtails before this is the short tail. A bay means

  • a horse that is red or brown in color. So he's basically encouraging you, you know go

  • go get some girls. Go riding. Go have fun. Go have fun in the snow. Well, while

  • you're young. You know, this is the thing to do. So that it's basically it. Take the

  • girls tonight and sing this sleighing song. Just get a bob-tailed bay 240 as

  • his speed. All right. This is a little different. A lot of people sometimes ask

  • a question what about this 240 ? 240 it was once a trotting record. So it was a

  • record for I guess racing a horse. The speed of a mile in two minutes and 40

  • seconds that is pretty fast for horse to do. Of course now, you know, most cars

  • driving on the highway drive about you know , 60 miles per hour. That's one

  • minute per mile which of course you expect a car to be much faster than a

  • horse. But really this is a he's almost about 30 to 40 percent the speed of a

  • car. That, that's actually pretty fast. Okay. So he got a, yes and just get a

  • bob-tailed bay ,240 and his speed. Hitch him to an open sleigh.

  • All right so to hitch means to fasten or connect him to the open sleigh. So

  • So the horse can pull you of course to an open sleigh. Yes . And crack and

  • crack you'll take the lead. Crack , crack , they mean like crack the

  • whip. So here if we say crack. To make a whip make a short sudden loud sound. So

  • yes make the horse go faster. Yes oh yeah. Hitch him to an open sleigh and crack

  • you'll take the lead well I'm not sure is there a race going on maybe but

  • you'll take the lead you'll go. Go out have fun

  • You know take the women out when you're young go over the snow. That's basically

  • what it is. But it is a very cheerful song it's one of the most classic ones.

  • You hear it many times throughout every single Christmas season . Okay. Anyway I hope

  • you got it. I hope you enjoyed it. Yeah, I hope you realize and understand the

  • lyrics more now. Anyway, thank you for your time bye-bye.

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