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I Saw Three Ships sheet music

I Saw Three Ships is an anonymously composed carol that probably dates back to the 17th century. It is a catchy melody with repeating lyrics that tell a story of Christ and Mary sailing on ships to Bethlehem, which is a bit odd since the city is not near any large body of water. Perhaps the writer of the lyrics had some metaphor in mind.

Select the song image below for a printable PDF of I Saw Three Ships, or scroll down for links to many more arrangements in seven different keys in treble, bass, and alto clefs. The wind, brass, and string arrangements of the carol are all in the key of concert C, so all of those instruments can play the song together. You can also view and print the lyrics to I Saw Three Ships.

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I Saw Three Ships sheet music

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Play-Along arrangements of I Saw Three Ships. These pages have versions of the carol for wind, brass, and string instruments for you to play with other musicians:

I Saw Three Ships for winds and brass
I Saw Three Ships for strings

More keys! Select a link below for a printable PDF of I Saw Three Ships in any of the following keys, for treble, bass, and alto clef.

Treble clef versions of I Saw Three Ships:

In the key of A
In the key of B flat
In the key of C
In the key of D
In the key of E flat
In the key of F
In the key of G

Bass clef versions of I Saw Three Ships:

In the key of A
In the key of B flat
In the key of C
In the key of D
In the key of E flat
In the key of F
In the key of G

Alto clef versions of I Saw Three Ships:

In the key of A
In the key of B flat
In the key of C
In the key of D
In the key of E flat
In the key of F
In the key of G

 



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Table of Contents for the Christmas Song Lead Sheets:

Angels We Have Heard on High
Auld Lang Syne
Away In a Manger
Deck the Hall
Ding Dong! Merrily on High
The First Noel
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Good Christian Men, Rejoice
Good King Wenceslas
Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
Here We Come A-Wassailing
The Holly and the Ivy
I Saw Three Ships
In Dulci Jubilo
In the Bleak Midwinter
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Jingle Bells (short easy version)
Jingle Bells (full version)
Jolly Old St. Nicholas
Joy to the World
O Christmas Tree
O Come All Ye Faithful
O Little Town of Bethlehem
Quelle Est Cette Odeur Agréable
Silent Night
Toyland
The Twelve Days of Christmas
Up on the Housetop
We Three Kings
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
What Child Is This?

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