About "The First Noel"

In the early 1980s, I accompanied a trio of sisters that included Jane Dunford, Willie Dunford, and Lydia Evans (who later retired and was replaced by Liz Dunford).  These trios performed a beautiful Christmas Program throughout different parts of Utah.  At one of our practices, they requested we warm up by singing "The First Noel."

While playing the chorus as an introduction, I hit a wrong chord.  When I heard it, I loved it and felt I could do something with it.  After practice, I went home and replayed through the song with that chord. It wasn't long before a new beginning had been created and this new version of "The First Noel" came to be.

(Note: This song was recorded by the Dunford sisters while I was on my mission. The accompanist was unable to play the song as it was written - an octave higher to begin and with many notes and chords at the end, but it will give you an idea of how it could sound anyway.)

The lyrics to "THE FIRST NOEL" were written by an unknown author
and is a traditional English carol, written about the 17th Century.
While the lyrics are the same, the arrangement is original.


1. The First Noel, the angel did say was to certain poor shepherds in fields where they lay.
    In fields where they lay, keeping their sheep on a cold winter's night that was so deep.

Chorus: Noel (Noel / Noel), Noel (Noel / Noel), Noel (Noel / Noel), Noel (Noel / Noel).

2. They looked up and saw a star shining in the East beyond them far.
    And to the earth it gave great light and so it continued both day and night.

Chorus: Noel (Noel / Noel), Noel (Noel / Noel), Noel (Noel / Noel), Noel (Noel / Noel).
              Noel (Noel / Noel), Noel (Noel / Noel), Born is the King of Israel.