How To Play Away In A Manger


Away In A Manger: LadyDpiano
photo credit: phaewilk


Some time ago I posted several arrangements of the traditional Christmas carol, Away In A Manger in the Key of E, F, and G. You can find the charts, here. The song was written by Martin Luther, Eugene Clark and Carl Mueller. It's a familiar melody line and we all pretty much know the song.

There's a different melody that may not be as recognizable that I found online. Here's a nice arrangement by William J. Kirkpatrick in the Key of F, played in 3/4 time. It almost sounds like a children's lullaby.

Chord Chart


       F        Gm/Bb   Dm           F                 Bb   Gm7 C7
Away in a manger no crib for a bed
 Gm  Bb     C    F9 F      Bb13   G7    Bb          C
The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head
    F        Gm   F                    Bb  Gm7  C7
The stars in the sky looked down where He lay
 Gm Gm7     C    F9  F Bb13   G7 C7 F
The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay

     F     Gm/Bb Dm       F    Bb  Gm7 C7                    
The cattle are lowing the Baby awakes
 Gm  Bb    C    F9 F     Bb13 G7 Bb C
But little Lord Jesus no crying He makes
 F          Gm    F                   Bb  Gm7 C7
I love Thee Lord Jesus look down from the sky
 Gm  Gm7    C   F9  F      Bb13 G7  C7  F
And stay by my cradle till morning is nigh

      F                  Gm/Bb  Dm            F                  Bb    Gm7 C7
Be near me Lord Jesus I ask Thee to stay
 Gm    Bb    C  F9 F     Bb13 G7 Bb C 
Close by me forever and love me I pray

      F       Gm    F                  Bb  Gm7 C7  
Bless all the dear children in thy tender care

 Gm  Gm7    C   F9  F    Bb13 G7   C7   F
And take us to heaven to live with thee there


Chord Breakdown

F = AF/CF

Gm/Bb = BbF/DG

Dm = D/AF

F = FA/FC

Bb = Bb/D

Gm7 = GD/FBb

C7 = CE/BbCE

Gm = BbD/G

Bb = D/FBb

C = EC/GC

F9 = FC/GA

F = FC/FA

Bb13 = BbF/DG

G7 = G/D

Bb = DF/BbF

C = CG/CE

F = FC/AF

Gm = FC/BbG

F = FC/AF

Bb = Bb/D

Gm7 = GD/FBb

C7 = GC/E

Gm = Bb/DG

Gm7 = GD/FBb

C = EC/GC

F9 = FC/GA

F = FC/FA

Bb13 = BbF/DG

G7 = G/D

C7 = CE/CE

F = FC/AF

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