The composer of Jolly Old Saint Nicholas is not known, although it is often attributed to Benjamin Hanby, who wrote the popular carol Up On the Housetop. The lyrics express the Christmas wishes of a youngster who is speaking to St. Nicholas. There are several different versions of the text, but the most common one we know today concludes with the singer letting Santa Claus know that he can choose the present, because Santa “will know the best.”
Select the song image below for a printable PDF of Jolly Old Saint Nicholas. Scroll down further for versions of Jolly Old St. Nicholas in many different keys, in treble, bass, and alto clefs. The carol is also arranged so that woodwinds and brass can all play it together, and string instruments can play it together. You can also view and print the lyrics to Jolly Old Saint Nicholas. The recorder page for Jolly Old Saint Nicholas includes versions for both soprano and alto recorder.
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More keys! Select a link below for a printable PDF of Jolly Old St. Nicholas in any of the following keys, for treble, bass, and alto clef.
In the key of A
In the key of B flat
In the key of C (higher version)
In the key of C (lower version)
In the key of D (higher version)
In the key of D (lower version)
In the key of E flat (higher version)
In the key of E flat (lower version)
In the key of F (higher version)
In the key of F (lower version)
In the key of G
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