Activities Hobbies 'O Little Town of Bethlehem' Chords Learn Christmas Songs on Guitar Share PINTEREST Email Print Bob Dylan recorded "O Little Town of Bethlehem" in 2009. Michael Ochs Archives | Getty Images Hobbies Playing Music Contests Couponing Freebies Frugal Living Fine Arts & Crafts Astrology Card Games & Gambling Cars & Motorcycles Learn More By Dan Cross Dan Cross Dan Cross is a professional guitarist and former private instructor who has experience teaching and playing various styles of music. Learn about our Editorial Process Updated on 05/24/19 Chords Used: D | Em | A7 | B7 | A | F# | Bm | G O Little Town of Bethlehem D EmO little town of Bethlehem,D A7 DHow still we see thee lie;D B7 EmAbove thy deep and dreamless sleepD A DThe silent stars go by.D Em F#Yet in the dark streets shinethBm G F#The everlasting light;D EmThe hopes and fears of all the yearsD A DAre met in thee tonight.For Christ is born of Mary;And gathered all above,While mortals sleep the angels keepTheir watch of wond'ring love.O morning stars togetherProclaim the holy birth;And praises sing to God the King,And peace to men on earth.How silent, how silentlyThe wondrous gift is giv'n!So God imparts to human heartsThe blessings of His heav'n.No ear may hear His coming,But in this world of sin,Where meek souls will receive Him still,The dear Christ enters in.O holy Child of Bethlehem,Descend to us, we pray;Cast out our sin and enter in,Be born in us today.We hear the Christmas angelsThe great glad tidings tell;O come to us, abide with us,Our Lord, Emmanuel. O Little Town of Bethlehem: Lyrics Christmas Song Chords and Lyrics Archive Performance Tips This song is to be played nice and slow, four strums per bar. Each line above represents two bars of music, so you'll strum a total of eight times per line above. All strums should be played with a downstroke. The chords themselves may be tricky for novice guitarists, as there are several barre chords included. The good news is the strumming for the song is so slow, you'll have a lot of time to switch chords. Popular Recordings Jewel (listen on YouTube) - from her 1999 album Joy: A Holiday Collection Bob Dylan (listen on YouTube) - from the 2009 album Christmas in the Heart Tuck Andress (listen on YouTube) - from the 1991 album Hymns, Carols and Songs About Snow Bruce Cockburn (listen on YouTube) - from his 1993 album Christmas A History of 'O Little Town of Bethlehem' The poem underlying the carol was written by a Philadelphia-based Episcopal priest Phillips Brooks based on his experience visiting Bethlehem in 1865.The organist of Brooks' church, Lewis Redner, added the music.