The Twelve Days of Christmas

The Twelve Days of Christmas is an English Christmas carol that enumerates in the manner of a cumulative song a series of increasingly grand gifts given on each of the twelve days of Christmas. The song, published in England in 1780 without music as a chant or rhyme, is thought to be French in origin. “The Twelve Days of Christmas” has a Roud Folk Song Index number of 68. The tunes of collected versions vary. The standard tune now associated with it is derived from a 1909 arrangement of a traditional folk melody by English composer Frederic Austin, who first introduced the now familiar prolongation of the verse “five gold rings”.

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Lyrics


1. On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me
A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE

2. On the second day of Christmas my true love sent to me
TWO TURTLE DOVES,
And a partridge in a pear tree

3. On the third day of Christmas my true love sent to me
THREE FRENCH HENS,
two turtle doves And a partridge in a pear tree

4. On the fourth day of Christmas my true love sent to me
FOUR CALLING BIRDS,

three French hens, two turtle doves And a partridge in a pear tree

5. On the fifth day of Christmas my true love sent to me
FIVE GOLDEN RINGS,
four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves And a partridge in a pear tree

6. On the sixth day of Christmas my true love sent to me
SIX GEESE A LAYING,
five golden rings, four calling birds Three French hens, two turtle doves And a partridge in a pear tree

7. On the seventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me
SEVEN SWANS A SWIMMING,
six geese a laying, five golden rings Four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves And a partridge in a pear tree

8. On the eighth day of Christmas my true love sent to me
EIGHT MAIDS A MILKING,
seven swans a swimming, six geese a laying, Five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves And a partridge in a pear tree

9. On the ninth day of Christmas my true love sent to me
NINE LADIES DANCING,
Eight maids a milking, seven swans a swimming, six geese a laying Five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves And a partridge in a pear tree

10. On the tenth day of Christmas my true love sent to me
TEN LORDS A LEAPING,
Nine ladies dancing, Eight maids a milking, seven swans a swimming, six geese a laying – Five golden rings – four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves And a partridge in a pear tree

11. On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me
ELEVEN PIPERS PIPING,
ten lords a leaping, nine ladies dancing, Eight maids a milking, seven swans a swimming, six geese a laying – Five golden rings – four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves And a partridge in a pear tree

12. On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me
TWELVE DRUMMERS DRUMMING
eleven pipers piping, ten lords a leaping, nine ladies dancing, eight maids a milking Seven swans a swimming, six geese a laying, five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves And a partridge in a pear tree.

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