Lynn Anderson - Ding-A-Ling The Christmas Bell Lyrics

Gather round and I will tell the story of a Christmas bell
That used to shine and chime and ring and why we called him Ding a Ling
One of the famous jingle bells is what he was but then he fell
And broke his pretty harmony and he began to ring a key
Now we called him Ding a Ling because he has a funny ring
And though he rings his note too well Ding a Ling the Christmas bell

The other bells met secretly and he heard one say in a real low key
He's sure to ruin our Christmas sound and we don't want him hangin' around
He overheard the secret boat and walked away with a lamp in his note
The saddest bell you've ever seen the Christmas bell called Ding a Ling
They all called him Ding a Ling...

The snow is falling in the square when the children found him there
And placed him on the Christmas tree for everyone in town to see
As Christmas Eve went to the town a blinding snow was coming down
And Ding a Ling heard someone say ol' Santa's sure to lose his way
The thought occurred to Ding a Ling to ring as loud as he could ring
And when ol' Santa heard the sound it guided him into the town
Now the children shout and sing and everyone loves Ding a Ling
So everything has turned out well for Ding a Ling the Christmas bell

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  1. Eric Beall

    I'm 49 and remember listening to this as my mom would make Christmas cookies. I guess I like it so much because I can relate

  2. Vance Gibson

    This song has been a Christmas favorite ever since I can remember. However, as an adult, certain endeavors has gained me the knowledge that "santa claus" is actually "The Holly King", the god of darkness, who is the opposite of his brother, "The Oak King", who is the god of light. The subject of the song has "fallen". Sooo...the "fallen one" "summons" "the god of darkness" -- a,) rings as loud as he could ring, b.) it guided him (santa claus) into the town. Yeah, I will no longer be listening to this song.


    This should have been made into a children's Christmas storybook.


    One of the best Christmas songs ever.

  5. 5thLeaf

    they played it again i think

  6. Michelle Blomberg

    This was always my favorite record as a kid, I'm so glad to hear it again after decades!!

  7. Ruth Boykin

    Love this sweet song!

  8. Esme Mohair

    Lovely it’s sure is Christmas season thanks .

  9. xRobinx

    This is my grandmothers favorite Christmas song, I always think of her when listening to it.

  10. Marty Rezac

    She has such a soft clear smooth voice !
    Beautiful !

  11. Terry Kimber

    wonderful christmas song

  12. bubbasouth69

    The ringing sounds were done by using harmonics on a steel guitar. Such a beautiful instrument!

  13. Gary Bangle Bangle

    I have missed this song somewhere. I do love it 2018 CHRISTMAS a great song.

  14. Peggy Shafer

    One of my faves. Wish it was on CD. My best friend and I used to sing this. She is no longer here so it brings back a ton of memories when I listen to it. Merry Christmas everyone.

  15. Seventh Mist

    I missed this song as a kid and first heard it in '94 on a radio show that played classic humor and novelty songs. I recorded it and have played it every year since then.

  16. Kathy Riley

    It just wasn’t Christmas if you didn’t hear this in the radio when I was little. Then in mid 80s they seemed to stop playing it. This was one of the first items I searched for on google. Brings back Happy Memories!

  17. Patty Hughes

    Listened to this Lynn Anderson 8 track all the time when I was a kid

  18. Wilfred Saulnier

    id like to have this in karaoke

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    Wha she just say ding a ling

  21. Lois Carmack

    I love this song.

  22. Cathy Manchester

    Omg me to I have not heard this in years. Made me cry

  23. Tammi Hoover

    I love love loved this song as a child. (I'm almost 50)

  24. Jeff Rambler man

    LOVE this one.. ONE of my very favorites...

  25. Arthur Hebert

    love lynn anderson voice this song brings me back in time when i was young

  26. Michael Hausmann

    Its the sweetest thing I i ever heard it makse me smile every time

  27. Amanda Benko

    Oh My Gosh!!! My mother loved this song, now I listen to it ever year. When I was little this song made me cry :(

  28. Cole C.

    love Christmas!!!!

  29. Karen Ashby

    I love this slong Ding a ling the Christmas bell!YAY!

  30. Ainsley Jo Phillips

    Trouble In The Amen Corner

    It was a stylish congregation you could see they had been around
    And they had the biggest pipe organ of any church in town
    But over in the amen corner of that church sat Ol' Brother Ire
    And every Sunday he insisted on singing in the choir
    His voice was cracked and broken age had touched his vocal chords
    And nearly every Sunday he would get behind and miss the words
    Well, the choir got so flustered the church was told, then fine
    Brother Ire must quit his singing or the choir is going to resign
    So the pastor appointed a committee I think it was three or four
    They got in their big fine car drove up to Ire's door
    They found the choirs great trouble sitting there in a big armed chair
    The summers golden sum beam lay up on his snow-white hair
    Said York, "We're here with the Vestry's approbation
    To discuss a little mater that affects the congregation
    Now it seems your voice is interfering with the choir
    So if you will just lay out are you listening, Brother Ire?
    The old man raised his head a sign he did hear
    And on his cheek the three men caught the glitter of a tear
    His feeble hands pushed back the locks as white as silky snow
    And he answered the committee in a voice both soft and low
    "I wonder if beyond the tide that is breaking at my feet
    In that far off heavenly temple where my Master I shall meet
    I wonder if when I try to sing the songs of God up higher
    Will they kick me out up there for singing in Heavens Choir?"
    A silence filled the room the old man bowed his head
    The committee went on back to town, but Brother Ire was dead.
    The choir missed him for awhile, but it soon forgot
    A few church goers watched the door, but the old man entered not
    From far away his voice is sweet now and he sings his hearts desires
    Where there are no committees and no fashionable choirs

    Written by Archie Campbell & Sung by Bill Anderson

  31. Ainsley Jo Phillips

    The Touch Of The Master's Hand

    'Twas battered and scarred, and the auctioneer

          Thought it scarcely worth his while

    To waste much time on the old violin,

          But held it up with a smile.

    "What am I bidden, good folks," he cried,

        "Who'll start the bidding for me?"

    "A dollar, a dollar. Then two! Only two?

          Two dollars, and who'll make it three?"

    "Three dollars, once; three dollars, twice;

          Going for three…" But no,

    From the room, far back, a grey-haired man

          Came forward and picked up the bow;

    Then wiping the dust from the old violin,

          And tightening the loosened strings,

    He played a melody pure and sweet,

          As a caroling angel sings.

    The music ceased, and the auctioneer,

          With a voice that was quiet and low,

    Said: "What am I bid for the old violin?"

          And he held it up with the bow.

    "A thousand dollars, and who'll make it two?

          Two thousand! And who'll make it three?

    Three thousand, once; three thousand, twice,

        And going and gone," said he.

    The people cheered, but some of them cried,

        "We do not quite understand.

    What changed its worth?" Swift came the reply:

        "The touch of the Master's hand."

    And many a man with life out of tune,

          And battered and scarred with sin,

    Is auctioned cheap to the thoughtless crowd

          Much like the old violin.

    A "mess of pottage," a glass of wine,

        A game — and he travels on.

    He is "going" once, and "going" twice,

        He's "going" and almost "gone."

    But the Master comes, and the foolish crowd

        Never can quite understand

    The worth of a soul and the change that is wrought

        By the touch of the Master's hand.

    Myra Welch

  32. Edward Irvin

    Love Ding a Ling the Christmas Bell. Rarely ever gets played.

  33. Stacy Ann

    Always listened to this on the old 8 track tape player! Early 1970's.

  34. Valorie Miller

    One of my mothers favorite too, she had the album and I remember listening to it every year.

  35. Amanda Phoenix

    Thank you! I remember Christmases with my Grandi, and she would play this at my request. Awesome memories, thank you.

  36. Connie Mitchell

    Love this one. It's in my Christmas favorite list.

  37. Lisa Phillips

    my familys favorite christmas song, mine especially.

  38. Jonathan Newman

    i heard this song by accident and just fell in love with it

  39. Matthew Ruch

    Have loved this one since the 70's.

  40. Bill Ridings

    Great song

  41. YouTube Dramas

    this is a good song since it close to christmas

  42. Carol Bailes

    Wonderful story in song, of how even the imperfect serve a purpose. Love this.

  43. William Greb

    I plan to use this song as my "poster song" for the Christmas parties that I will play guitar for this Christmas of 2015. And I'm sure to get the kids to sit and listen when I preface the song by asking, " what would you do with a broken Christmas bell?"


    great idea how did it go

    Ainsley Jo Phillips

    @William Greb -- You're not only a great entertainer but, also, a wonderful teacher of lessons that kids need to know.

  44. Patrick Dancette

    Lynn, tu es GENIALE... merci a tout jamais.... Patrick de FRANCE

  45. Bernice Atkins

    I have always liked this, have played it for many years.

  46. kris sutton

    Listened to this song over and over when my daughter was real young. Played it forher and her son today

  47. Sidney Ebbers

    I'm 47 and since I was old enough to remember this was and still is my favorite Christmas song.

  48. Kathy Mackin

    My dad loved this song.  He passed away 28 years ago on December 14th.  Miss him dearly.

  49. Don Hawkins

    This was played on the big D (WDEEE) in Detroit 1971?
    Thanks Tom Dean & Deano Day!

  50. march149

    many thanks to all for your kind comments.  This song was headliner for the Christmas Seals Campaign as well.

  51. Patricia Barringer


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  52. VanBredlove

    Brings back memories of growing up; I can remember when it was first played on the radio.....

  53. lisa macdonald

    I cannot believe that I found this song..I am 45..this was the best Christmas song EVER!!!


    I am 50, & I can remember the Christmas it was released; I don't remember the year; but I remember the first time local radio played it...

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    Dan Hirst

    if you want to do a search, it's on "Lynn Anderson's Christmas Album"

  54. SuperKimmy1972

    We had this on 8 track when I was kid...I tracked down a cassette on ebay a few years ago...still my favorite Christmas music of all time!!


    Me too-- it was red

  55. raechel cirullo

    its the perfect Christmas song

  56. raechel cirullo

    this my moms mine and my brothers favorite song

  57. Sandra Wollett

    I love this song

  58. P51ride

    Thank you for the upload May God Bless You and Yours

  59. P51ride

    Danny Davis Jingling Brass
    .youtube dot com/watch?v=48Haky2kYNU&hd=1

  60. P51ride

    Search youtube for Danny Davis Jingling Brass. The uploader of this song has uploaded the entire vinyl record to youtube. Warning: Don't crank up the volume too much. You might blow out your speakers.. This album was released in 1970 and I believe Chet Atkins and Floyd Cramer also play on this record

  61. Oceanfloats

    It can be found on :)

  62. Oceanfloats

    You can find the album at Amazon. :) <3

  63. Eloy Maes

    One of my favorites of all time.

  64. delidude1999

    me too!!

  65. bubbasouth1969

    I remember this from my early childhood. Thanks for posting.

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  68. Kathleen Cartwright

    Love this uplifting song....getting in the Christmas spirit now! Thank you Cheyenne :)

  69. uvaman555

    every christmas as a kid, this is what we had to listen to first to start trimming the tree, part of my childhood, and life forever, great quality thanx for doing this

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  71. Mike Krob

    I sure would love to get a CD of Lynn Anderson The Christmas Album from 1971. I have been looking for 10 years

    Darrin Rose

    Mike Krob The CD came out for a limited time. Very rare. I had to use a file sharing service about 20 years ago to get all the songs.

  72. radman889

    The best song of all time.

  73. Bobbi Meador

    i love this christmas song its my mother's favorite song and lynn anderson can sing her heart out

  74. sltget

    Brings back such fond childhood memories! Ones that had almost been forgotten! Thanks for sharing!!!

  75. bigbabybooh

    Me too, i grew up listening to this album, i would start playing this album in September, i wish it would be rereleased.
    Thanks for the memories, my mother isnt with me anymore but the music and memories are!!!!

  76. SophiaPatience

    I heard this for the first time ever last year on my iPod, not realizing I had put it on there. I like Lynn Anderson music at only 21 years old. I love this song, thank you for posting.

  77. 4piglite

    This is one of the best Christmas classics of all time !!

  78. 4piglite

    Bless you for posting my best memories as a child at Christmas. My mom loved Lynn Anderson and I grew to love her even more...thank you thank you!!

  79. BanditRingtail23

    Mom and dad used to play this and many other older Christmas songs on a reel-to-reel when we were kids. Thanks for posting this bit of nostalgia.

  80. Douglas Ellsworth

    I never knew Lynn Anderson had even done this song until I heard it on the radio Christmas Day...Thank you for posting I can listen to it on YouTube.

  81. Bryan Pennycuff

    I'm with all of you, this is my favorite Christmas songs. It's not Christmas until I hear this song. I make my girls listen to it every time it comes on.

  82. Deb Corigliano

    I have this cd and it is a family favorite. I have put this on my g/kids cd to sing along to in the car... it's their favorite, too, and they know all the words....

  83. Konny Church

    It's not christmas without this song. K.C.

  84. delidude1999

    i am 42 and also grew up with this 8 track!!!!

  85. delidude1999

    same here !!!!

  86. lerena5131

    I love it!!!

  87. Suzanne Joseph

    i have been trying to get this album for years and years... grew up with it as a kid. someone needs to reproduce it on CD and make it available for sale again... beautiful for the kids!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thank you for this (from the sunny caribbean)

  88. Sandie Hitchcock

    I have been looking for this song for ages and could not remember who sang it. Thanks to who ever put this on YOU TUBE. (however, I can't seem to pull it up to listen to it).

  89. P51ride

    I have the original vinyl record. The posters commenting on radio not playing these classic country Christmas songs are correct. Country radio has forgotten its founder Goerge D Hay and WSM 650 AM. WSM has two of the longest running radio shows in history. 1: The Grand Ole Opry and Ernest Tubbs Midnight Jamboree. Try ti tune in to 650 on your AM radio dial on saturday night.

  90. Darlene Finley

    Thank you so much. I looked for this earlier and couldn't find it. My grandma had this album and we would play this song over and over. Thank you for the good memories with her.

  91. Rob67217

    Thank you for sahring this song...It's been a favorite of mine for 35 years and a favorite of my mothers for many years as well...It brings back sweet Christmas memories!!!!

  92. hmbenge

    i'd love to post that album, but i actually downloaded this song, and after searching for the other songs on her christmas album, i was unable to find any. =[

  93. Love German Shepherds

    Thank you so much! I love this song!